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Mia Madre [Blu-ray]
(Nanni Moretti, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Sacher Film
Video:Curzon / Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 34,557,546,764 bytes
Feature Size: 33,940,448,640 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.86 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 7th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 3546 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3546 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Trailer (1:27)
Description: Palme d’Or winning director Nanni Moretti (The
Son's Room, The Caiman, We Have a Pope)
returns with Mia Madre, a playful, reflective and
At the heart of Mia Madre is a trio of women: Livia (Beatrice Mancini), a teenager who has dealt with heartache unnoticed by her mother; Ada (Giulia Lazzarini), a grandmother hospitalised by an illness which is inexorably undermining her physical and mental strength; and Margherita, a film-maker overwhelmed by personal and professional pressures, brilliantly played by Margherita Buy in a performance worthy of Oscar nomination. It is upon Buy’s shoulders that much of the drama rests as she attempts to complete a Ken Loach-style political drama, “Noi siamo qui” (We Are Here), about the dignity of industrial action while coping with the decline of her mother and feared estrangement from her daughter. Juggling her time between the movie set, the hospital and the home, the doubt-racked Margherita drops in and out of focus, the film’s fluid timeline mirroring the watery ebb and flow of her dreams, memories, and experiences. Meanwhile, Margherita’s brother Giovanni (Moretti, significantly sidelining his own on-screen presence) simply steps away from work, taking a leave of absence to attend to his mother, but also to tend his own emotional wounds.Excerpt from The Guardian located HERE
Nanni Moretti's latest film, Mia Madre, is elegant, understated,
and discreetly moving. A personal, if not autobiographical film, Mia
Madre chronicles the slow death of a filmmaker's mother as the director
struggles to complete her movie. Moretti experienced the hospitalization
and death of his own mother while he shot 2011's We Have a Pope,
which may be why this film's rhythms and emotions feel so genuine.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Mia Madre gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye. It solidly in dual-layered territory and has a max'ed out bitrate for the 1 3/4 hour feature. The 1080P image, presumably shot on digital, is essentially flawless - solid contrast exhibiting healthy black levels and some depth in the 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are it looks excellent in-motion. This Blu-ray probably looks like exactly the theatrical version of the film. It seems devoid of artifacts, noise or imperfections of any kind.
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The AE Blu-ray of Mia Madre offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1, in the original Italian, at a very healthy 3546 kbps. It has crisp, but infrequent, separation and there is also the option of a, less robust, linear PCM track in stereo. No officially credit score but we have most of the film's music by Arvo Pärt (who wrote pieces used in The Great Beauty, Foxcatcher, There Will Be Blood among other great films) as well as there are composures represented by Nino Rota (Il Bidone, 8 1/2, I Clowns, Purple Noon, The Leopard etc.) and Philip Glass (The Thin Blue Line, Koyaanisqatsi, A Brief History of Time, Kundun, Home, The Illusionist) - all sounding quite wonderful in the uncompressed transfer. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Unfortunately only a trailer - disappointing for a films that deserves more.
December 2nd, 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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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