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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Shattered [Blu-ray]

 

(Wolfgang Petersen, 1991)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Capella International

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:37:48.612 

Disc Size: 21,195,429,387 bytes

Feature Size: 20,597,409,792 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.94 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 13th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1600 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1600 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

• Making-of Featurette (4:00)
Shattered Trailer (1:51) / Love at Large Trailer (1:56)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: When your memory has been taken, whom do you trust? Writer/director Wolfgang Petersen (In the Line of Fire, Das Boot) cranks up the suspense in this riveting thriller that will keep you guessing up until its shockingly unexpected ending. Stars Tom Berenger (The Big Chill), Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa), Greta Scacchi (The Player), Joanne Whalley (Scandal) and Corbin Bernsen (TV's Psych) breathes life into this gripping film noir about the survivor of a car accident who begins to suspect his near-death... was no accident. Dan Merrick (Berenger) struggles to reconstruct his life after an accident leaves him without much of a memory - and in the care of a wife (Scacchi) and his friends who seem to be repainting his past. And as Merrick begins to reconstruct his life, strange flashes of memory begin to surface, each drawing him further into a maze of corruption that could prove more deadly than any accident. Beautifully shot by the legendary Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider) and featuring the great character actor Theodore Bikel (The Killer Elite).

 

 

The Film:

Wolfgang Petersen directed this intricate suspense thriller, based on the novel by Richard Neely and starring Tom Berenger as Tom Merrick, who begins to suspect the auto accident that caused his memory loss may not have been accidental. The film begins with a car crash over a seaside cliff in San Francisco. Judith Merrick (Greta Scacchi) is thrown clear of the crash and escapes without injury. Her husband, Tom, on the other hand, is trapped inside and when he is finally rescued, he is disfigured and in a coma. Judith helps him through his ensuing recovery and plastic surgery and the couple returns to their home in San Francisco. Tom, now suffering from selective amnesia, meets his old friends Jeb (Corbin Bernsen) and Jenny Scott (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer). After meeting them, he gathers hints that before the accident, he wasn't well liked by many people. The next day, when he returns to work, he begins to pick up more clues on his past life -- clues that indicate his marriage wasn't as idyllic as he presumed. To make matter worse, he keeps having flashbacks of shattered glass, ocean waves, and a gun. To help him solve the mystery of his past, Dan hires retired private eye Gus Klein (Bob Hoskins), who works with Dan to unravel his past.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

Based on Richard Neely's novel The Plastic Nightmare, Petersen's first American feature is a credible and gripping thriller, using ambiguous clues and a complex flashback structure to draw us into the dark heart of an amnesiac maze. Berenger plays a wealthy architect whose life is shattered when he and his wife (Scacchi) plunge over a cliff in their car. Emerging from a coma, he has his face reconstructed, but his memory of the crash has been erased. When he tries to reassemble his life with the help of his wife, who was thrown clear, some pieces of the jigsaw just won't fit. Photos of Scacchi with another man lead him to private eye Hoskins, whom he had hired before the accident to spy on her infidelities with a mystery lover. Meanwhile, his partner's wife (Whalley-Kilmer) is insisting that she and Berenger had been having a torrid affair. Knowing only what Berenger knows, we share his sense of disorientation and vulnerability, while Petersen's sure-footed script and controlled direction eschew self-conscious homage for good old-fashioned adult entertainment.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Shattered has some softness but it is consistent.  Colors are not particularly vibrant and the image doesn't export the more desirable qualities of 1080P. Although it is consistent, clean and very watchable - but perhaps a bit dull. There is modest detail in the few close-ups and no major depth. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, but unremarkable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.

 

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Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1600 kbps in the original English language. The film, surprisingly, doesn't have much aggression and the score by Alan Silvestri (Flight, Forrest Gump, Contact) runs smoothly beside the film - if however the 'theme' music is overused and the serene-ness and repetition is a bit irritating after a while. It all sounds fine with clear consistent dialogue. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Only a 4-minute vintage featurette and trailers for Scattered and Love at Large.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Shattered is a good thriller. The 'logic-stretches' are not so extreme as to distract from the entertainment.  Director Petersen helps keep it real and the performances are solid with kudos to Scacchi.
Good flic! The Kino Lorber Blu-ray provides a decent 1080P presentation, and it's half-price pre-order making it a positive recommendation!

Gary Tooze

October 5th, 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.

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