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|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Abel Ferrara, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Urania Pictures S.r.l.
NOTE: The Kino (US) Blu-ray is reviewed HERE
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,423,776,533 bytes
Feature Size: 20,232,329,664 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 26th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3125 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3125 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), English, none
•Original theatrical trailer (2:12)
• Conversation with Abel Ferrara and the Cast of Pasolini (2014, 42:32): Ferrara, Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros and Giada Colagrande in conversation with Paulo Branco
• Robin Askwith on Pier Paolo Pasolini (2015, 23:14): the actor recounts his first meeting with Pasolini
• Illustrated booklet with director's statement and interview, new writing by John David Rhodes, and full film credits
Description: Written and directed by cult filmmaker Abel
Ferrara (Driller Killer,
Bad Lieutenant, Welcome to New York), this
dark, daring drama tells the story of the fateful final days
of the controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Abel Ferrara's tableau of Pier Paolo Pasolini resembles a large villa.
Each room we enter establishes a different angle on the filmmaker,
writer, painter, thinker and prowler. He doesn't simplify anything about
his subject and he has a fantastic ally in Willem Dafoe.
This handsomely oblique film focuses on the very end of Pasolini’s life, as he completes work on SalÚ, or 120 Days of Sodom and makes plans for Porno-Teo-Kolossal, the unmade magnum opus which is here reimagined by Ferrara in startling, elegiac fashion. Willem Dafoe bears an uncanny resemblance to his subject as he drifts through a lovingly realised world of beige interiors and cruisy exteriors, sumptuously shot by director of photography Stefano Falivene. The heady cocktail of politics, religion, blowjobs and murder is catnip for Ferrara, although anyone not versed in the controversies of SalÚ may leave the film none the wiser. Maria de Medeiros plays actress Laura Betti with gusto, laughing about voicing the devil for Hollywood, while Adriana Asti brings tenderness and anguish to the role of Pasolini’s doting mama, Susanna.Excerpt from The Guardain located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Abel Ferrara's bio-reference Pasolini gets a dual-layered transfer to Blu-ray from the BFI in the UK. It looks like it was shot on digital (corrected - was shot on 35mm). The 1080P supports the film's original dark look (low, or only natural, lighting) without issue. It has a very fluid camera and the visuals are never very striking - as per the style. There is very little depth in the 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing and the film is surrounded by dark grays and blacks without much color. This Blu-ray probably looks like exactly the theatrical version of the film. It seems devoid of imperfections of any kind but the film itself is quite bland, visually-speaking.
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BFI give the option of a linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 2304 kbps or a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3125 kbps (both 24-bit). There are few to none-at-all effects but some minor instances of separation in the surround. There is no score per-se but some will identify the Rossini's Una voce poco fa (cavatina di Rosina) from the opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia as sung by by Maria Callas There are optional English subtitles (SDH and 'regular') but mandatory with the non-English dialogue and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
BFI add a 2014, 3/4 of an hour, conversation with Abel Ferrara and the cast of Pasolini including Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros and Giada Colagrande hosted by Paulo Branco. We also get 25-minutes with Robin Askwith on Pier Paolo Pasolini from 2015 recounting his first meeting with the director. There is a theatrical trailer and the package contains an illustrated booklet with director's statement and interview, new writing by John David Rhodes, and full film credits.
October 10th, 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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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