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(David Gordon Green, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Worldview Entertainment
Video: Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 27,846,434,271 bytes
Feature Size: 25,903,202,304 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 2nd, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1930 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1930 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
•Cast Interview (5:01)
• Trailer (2:15)
Description: Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn (Al Pacino) has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life. He feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Still, he continues to form tenuous forms of somewhat human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son and establishing a cautious friendship with a kindhearted woman from the local bank. As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between staying mired in the past and embracing the present.
Manglehorn is a character who could really play to Pacino's worst
habits, having a tendency to go from charming to blustering rage without
necessarily having a whole lot of space in between. Fortunately, he and
the filmmakers realize that he doesn't have to charm the audience here,
and can instead play up the lower-key ways that someone can be
anti-social or consumed by an obsession. Pacino perfectly zeroes in on
the tone that will push the person he's talking to away even while A.J.
is outwardly trying to be friendly, and it's a performance that makes
the audience just put off enough that when Managlehorn shows us his
worst, it's not a betrayal but it's still fairly shocking.
Al Pacino goes deep and disdains eccentricity as small-town Texas locksmith A. J. Manglehorn, a loner obsessed with a long-lost love and coldly, angrily stuck in the past. The rest of the film, from Pineapple Express man David Gordon Green, has more than enough quirk, thanks, including an inexplicable street mime in a largely downbeat character study with flashes of humour.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Manglehorn gets a 1080P transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye. The camera is extremely fluid - and doesn't stay still for very long or very often. It was shot with the versatile Arri Alexa HD cam. Some lower-lit shots exhibits and intentional de-saturation - mostly before the credits. It sneaks into dual-layered territory and has a strong bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Colors are authentic and truer than SD could relate and there is no noise in the darker sequences. The HD rendering supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy black levels and some occasional depth in the 2.35:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray provides a strong replication of the theatrical appearance of the film.
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The AE Blu-ray of Manglehorn offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1930 kbps or a linear PCM 2.0 channel option at 1536 Kbps. It has hints of separation but everything is of a subtle nature with only a couple of more aggressive instances. The score is by David Wingo (Take Shelter, David Gordon Green's brilliant George Washington) and some tracks by Explosions in the Sky. It sounds occasionally unique, unusual and appealing (harmonica, harp, electronic etc.) - suiting the film very well, IMO. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
No much in the way of extras - a 5-minute 'Cast Interviews' segment with Hunter and Pacino which I wish was longer. There is also a trailer.
October 27th, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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