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Love (2D + 3D) [Blu-ray]

 

(Gaspar No, 2015)

 

Available, on Blu-ray in the US on January 5th, 2016:

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Les Cinmas de la Zone

Video: Curzons / Artificial Eye

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 2:15:26.159

Disc Size: 44,425,500,684 bytes

Feature Size: 44,129,310,720 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Chapters: 17

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: January 11th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2261 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2261 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit / DN -3dB)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: “Love,” the fourth, and easily the least unsettling, feature from the Argentine director Gaspar No, has but one goal: To tell the story of a romance entirely through sex. This ambition may be straightforward, but it is far from simple, as will become abundantly clear if you closely monitor your responses to its unsimulated explicitness.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity, as Mr. No gets down to business immediately with an interlude of mutual masturbation that introduces Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American film student living in Paris, and his lover, Electra (Aomi Muyock). (It also acquaints us with Murphy’s preening member, which has a starring role and a much livelier personality than its owner.) From there, we move back and forth in time and from one bed to another as the couple meet and bond, argue and copulate in a variety of configurations and with an assortment of partners.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

 

 

The Film:

No is certainly an accomplished craftsman, and as he proved in the terrifyingly violent Irreversible, his fixation on the sordid underbelly of life is no sham; he goes to seamy, transgressive places that other directors don’t. Yet as No’s career has progressed, he has become an ever more grandiose and self-important film-maker, one who now views even his lead characters as pawns in a larger vision.

Excerpt from BBC.com located HERE

First things first: Yes, Gaspar No's arthouse sexbomb quite literally goes off in your face, with an ejaculation close-up 90 minutes in that might have you wiping off your 3-D glasses. You might think that's an impressive provocation, until you recall that every twelve-year-old boy in America sees that same thing in private at least once a day. No's other visions will be less familiar to that hand-in-pants audience: exquisite long-take shots of lovers stroking, sucking, and bubbling over. The couplings have an artful intensity lacking in pornography, which favors athleticism and disconnectedness, and the lighting — well, the best thing in the movie is the look of it all, which in a tony sex-flick counts for a lot. Most of this is strictly hetero, boy's-eye stuff, as a succession of beautiful women have a toss with aspiring American filmmaker Murphy (Karl Glusman). Toward the end, a trans woman gets in on the action, but that quick scene, lit a lurid stoplight-red, seems crafted to demonstrate not that Murphy is open to suggestion but that he's spun out of control. As with the BDSM in that last overlong arthouse sexbomb, Nymphomaniac, anything Hef wasn't into in 1965 seems to skeeve our daring filmmaker out. (His earlier films Enter the Void and Irreversible are more challenging.)

Excerpt from The Village Voice located HERE

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

 

Firstly, this Artificial Eye Blu-ray package offers both the 3D and 2D (Standard) versions of Gaspar No's film, Love. We will only review the 2D version here.

 

NOTE: The menu offers an option for both 3-D and 2-D playback:

 

 but when this disc is viewed on a regular 2-D monitor and 2-D Blu-ray player, the 3-D version will revert to the 2-D version:

 

 

There is nothing wrong with your disc, the specialized encoding merely prevents the 3-D version being incorrectly displayed on a incompatible 2-D screen. For 3-D viewing you would also require the appropriate glasses.

 

Love gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye.  The 2 1/4 hour feature is housed, with no supplements, on a dual-layered territory and has a supportive bitrate. The film was shot on digital (Red Epic Dragon) and looks pristine - there are some bold uses of color and superb art-direction. It looks very tight and crisp in 1080P - there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray probably looks like exactly the theatrical version of the film, although I can't comment on the 3-D aspects. The 2-D image quality is devoid of imperfections of any kind.

 

NOTE: This film does not appear to be 'cut' to my knowledge.

 

 

 

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Audio :

Artificial Eye use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2261 kbps (16-bit). There is no aggression and not much need for the surround (maybe in the Club a bit) and few effects - the dialogue is all English (with French accents). The film's music is a marvelous cornucopia including, prominently, Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations performed by Glenn Gould (this reviewer has always considered this the most perfect music... ever) plus some may recognize John Carpenter's soundtrack from "Assault on Precinct 13", Pink Floyd's Is There Anybody Out There?, some beautiful Erik Satie and Brian Eno. It sounds magnificent in the lossless - very clean and crisp. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Nothing - although I only have the screener disc - perhaps the case will have some liner notes.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Typical for a Gaspar No film - the critical reaction for Love is strongly divided. Personally, I enjoyed so much of it - the almost minimalist style, the voice-over narration thoughts, the many universal truths, the honesty - it is so strongly discussed because of the, very open and graphic nudity / sexual intercourse scenes. It amounts to a very humanly-paced film experience. The bare-bones Artificial Eye Blu-ray provides an excellent a/v presentation and the opportunity for 3-D viewers to appreciate those effects if they have the system available. In my opinion this is nothing like Irreversible - except in its ability to shock. Despite the frailties - I found it a very positive expression. I am anxious to see his next project. No is obvious a studied cinema fan (note all the posters visible in the film including 'M', Taxi Driver, Freaks etc.) and the main character, a filmmaker, comes with irritating and selfish weaknesses. To those who aren't deterred by the sex - this is absolutely recommended despite the lack of extras! In a few ways this is brilliant although others may find it tedious. To each his own.   

Gary Tooze

December 4th, 2015

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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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