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45 Years [Blu-ray]
(Andrew Haigh, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: The Bureau
Video: Curzon / Artificial Eye / Criterion Collection - Spine # 861
Region: 'B' / Region 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:35:11.747 / 1:35:39.191
Disc Size: 34,418,223,567 bytes / 44,212,668,786 bytes
Feature Size: 30,488,782,848 bytes / 29,816,463,360 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps / 35.39 Mbps
Chapters: 12 / 21
Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: January 11th, 2016 / March 7th, 2017
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 3623 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3623 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps /
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3858 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3858 kbps / 24-bit (DTS
Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English (SDH), none
•Audio commentary with director Andrew Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher
• Q + A with Charlotte Rampling , Tom Courtenay, Andrew Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher (11:09)
• Trailer (2:04)
commentary featuring Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher
interview with David Constantine, author of the short story on which the film is
Description: Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) is planning a
party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary. One week
before the celebration, however, a letter arrives for her
husband, Geoff (Tom Courtenay), containing news that
reawakens troubling and long-hidden memories.
In this exquisitely calibrated film by Andrew Haigh (Weekend), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter) and Tom Courtenay (Billy Liar) perform a subtly off-kilter pas de deux as Kate and Geoff, an English couple who, on the eve of an anniversary celebration, find their long marriage shaken by the arrival of a letter to Geoff that unceremoniously collapses his past into their shared present. Haigh carries the tradition of British realist cinema to artful new heights in 45 Years, weaving the momentous into the mundane as the pair go about their daily lives, while the evocatively flat, wintry Norfolk landscape frames their struggle to maintain an increasingly untenable status quo. Loosely adapting a short story by David Constantine, Haigh shifts the focus from the slightly erratic Geoff to Kate, eliciting a remarkable, nuanced portrayal by Rampling of a woman’s gradual metamorphosis from unflappable wife to woman undone.
The winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling) and Best Actor (Tom Courtenay) at the Berlin International Film Festival, Andrew Haigh's (Weekend, Looking) film is a moving and profound look at marriage and the secrets we keep. There is just one week until Kate Mercer's (Rampling) 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband (Courtenay). The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
A long dormant seed of dissent takes root and blossoms in 45 Years,
a powerful drama from Andrew Haigh. It raises the question: how quickly
can a constant in your life be dissolved into an uncertainty? Is the
entropy of hidden trauma escapable, or will it always catch up?
Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are eminently believable as they
wrestle silently with these dilemmas in a way that brings to mind the
tight-lipped and overwhelmingly low key ferocity of Ford Madox Ford’s
The Good Soldier.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
45 Years gets a solid dual-layered transfer to Blu-ray from Curzon / Artificial Eye. It has a high bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Contrast is at the lower-end - possibly an intended look. The 1080P looks excellent in-motion. The transfer frames the film at the accurate 1.85:1 ratio. Colors may look a shade dullish. Indoor, low-level lit sequences show no noise and it's, predictably, pristinely clean showcasing some pleasing hi-def detail. This Blu-ray probably is a respectable representation of the theatrical version of the film.
You can see that the Criterion has richer and darker black levels and it really does improve the image. The Criterion is cited as a "High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Andrew Haigh". To my eye it looks better - superior contrast brings out more detail... Criterion win on the visuals - but it is a slight advantage.
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More Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Captures
The AE Blu-ray of 45 Years offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3623 kbps and the option of a stereo linear PCM (both 24-bit). There really isn't much requirement for separation as the film is, predictably, dialogue-driven. It sounds quite rich and deep via the uncompressed. Nothing but positives here for the audio transfer. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Criterion's DTS-HD Master surround track is indistinguishable from the same one on the UK disc, although Artificial Eye add the option of a stereo track - also in lossless. There is a wonderful mixture of music from Dusty Springfield, Aaron Neville and The Moody Blues to Mozart. Criterion also include optional English (SDH) subtitles but their Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked.
A revealing audio commentary is included with director Andrew Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher going through the rhythms of the film, production details and the performers... it's very interesting and worth indulging. There is also a 11-minute Q + A with Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Haigh and Goligher on stage in front of an audience - plus there is a trailer.
Both have the same audio commentary with director Andrew Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher recorded in 2015. Criterion add a new, 37-minute, documentary featuring interviews with Haigh, Goligher, actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, editor Jonathan Alberts, and director of photography Lol Crawley. There is also a new 13-minute interview with David Constantine, author of the short story "In Another Country" on which the film is based. He discusses his story, the changes director Andrew Haigh made in adapting it, and how he feels about the final film. There is also a trailer and the package has a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic Ella Taylor.
Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Still a magnificent film upon revisitation. It stuns you emotionally and Criterion nudge ahead, as many expect, but I think as opposed to quibbling too much about the differences - this is a film that should just be seen. It's a masterpiece. Don't miss it!
January 9th, 2016
January 31st, 2017
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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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