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One Eyed Girl [Blu-ray]


(Nick Matthews, 2014)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Projector Films

Video: Dark Sky Films



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

Runtime: 1:42:52.833

Disc Size: 23,963,341,060 bytes

Feature Size: 19,468,025,856 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.98 Mbps

Chapters: 22

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: December 8th, 2015



Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1874 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1874 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps



English, None



Commentary with writer-director Nick Matthews, writer-actor Craig Behenna and Producer David Ngo

• Making of Production Featurettes (4:18, 2:45, 3:08, 4:05, 3:12)

• Trailer (2:03)





Description: Travis, a young psychiatrist, is haunted by the suicide of one of his patients. On the brink of a nervous breakdown, Travis meets Grace, a representative of a secret church that promises salvation to even the most troubled of its members. Intrigued by both the alluring Grace and the possibility of redemption, Travis joins the church and meets its leader, the charismatic Father Jay. At first skeptical, Travis eventually is indoctrinated into the church's sometimes radical practices and becomes a believer in the utopian world Father Jay promises to provide. But when a series of tragedies befalls Father Jay and his flock, Travis and his fellow members' trust is shaken to its core. Now Travis must decide if his loyalty truly lies with Father Jay, the ever-elusive Grace, or himself. Featuring standout performances from each member of its talented cast, ONE EYED GIRL is a dark thriller filled with tension and dread that will haunt you long after the final frame.



The Film:

One Eyed Girl is the kind of psychological thriller we might expect from Scandinavia and it's a pleasure to see it as a homegrown product, complete with authentic Australian elements. An assured, accomplished directorial debut for Nick Matthews and his co-writer and excellent supporting actor Craig Behenna, as Tom, chief acolyte to Father Jay, the charismatic Steve LeMarquand.

Father Jay runs a Doomsday cult on a remote little farm in the bush, with echoes of Jonestown from tragic real life. This is where Travis, a well cast Mark Winter, ends up after a chance encounter with an enigmatic teenager on a tram. The teenager, Grace (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) is handing out pamphlets inviting new members to join the cult, with the promise of extinguishing their pain.

Travis has pain a plenty, as he battles depression in the wake of the suicide of former patient and lover, Rachel (Katy Cheel), for whose death he blames himself.

While the story is engaging enough, it is how Matthews tells it on screen that is impressive, with cinematic sensibility and a sure hand. Attention to detail and fine editing add value, and he is superbly aided by Michael Darren's excellent score, perfectly matched in colour and tone to the film's resonances.

Excerpt from Urban Cinephile located HERE

After premiering at Austin Film Festival last October, One Eyed Girl made its New York premiere as an out-of-competition special screening at the First Time Fest. As the first feature film directed at by Australian director Nick Matthews, One Eyed Girl is an extremely well-crafted, promising debut feature.

Travis (Mark Leonard Winter) is a deeply troubled young psychiatrist haunted by the role he played in the suicide of his patient, Rachel (Katy Cheel). He is no longer capable of counseling his patients and he has become addicted to painkillers. While in this vulnerable place, he is handed a pamphlet by a teenage girl named Grace (Sara West) about a spiritual meeting. Though skeptical, he attends the meeting and discovers it is led by the charismatic Father Jay (Steve Le Marquand), who speaks about purifying his followers at a remote retreat known only as “the farm.” At the moment of his greatest weakness, he reaches out to the cult and they take him to the farm. As he detoxifies, he begins to follow Father Jay’s methods, most of which have underpinnings of violence. As Travis becomes deeper involved with the cult, he discovers troubling things about Father Jay and his followers. At the same time, the true nature of Travis’ relationship to Rachel reveals that his pain is deeply rooted and cleansing his guilt might be impossible.

Excerpt from Movie Buzzers located HERE

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

One Eyed Girl - an Australian Indie film - comes to Blu-ray from Dark Sky Films. This is a single-layered transfer and looks modest but, presumably, authentic to the original theatrical appearance. Contrast can be a bit wanting but there is depth and strong detail in the close-ups. It's in around the 2.4:1 aspect ratio and the 1080P provides a clean and consistent viewing. None of the darker scenes show digital noise and I really had no issues with the visuals other than they looked a bit below standard - more reflecting the production than the Blu-ray transfer.


















Audio :

Dark Sky use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1874 kbps (16-bit) of the option of a, similarly robust, stereo track via linear PCM. There are some effects and they come across with intended aggression or surprise separation when called upon. The score is by Michael Darren (who has done mostly TV, short and documentary work to date and is also a co-producer on the film) and I loved it. Contemplative and beautiful music supporting the film gracefully yet able to infuse tension in the latter stages. Bravo. There are optional English subtitles for those who may find the Aussie accents a bit heavy - I didn't. My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.


Extras :

There is a group commentary effort with writer-director Nick Matthews, writer-actor Craig Behenna and producer David Ngo providing keen information on the smaller details of the production - and it is quite intricate adding another layer of appreciation for the filmmakers efforts in bringing this film's ideas to fruition. There are five ' Making of' production featurettes running about a total of 17-minutes. They involve such topics as 'cast', 'music' ' the train sequence' etc. There is also a trailer.



Wow - I really enjoyed this - I was very keen on the topic as I was reminded me of Martha Marcy May Marlene - which I loved! Seems it wasn't really like that although had plenty of elements of the communal indoctrination (avoiding the 'taboo' word 'cult'.) It's a fascinating piece of cinema and show much promise for the filmmakers - I found it a very effective psychological thriller. The Dark Sky Blu-ray has significant value with the impressive, modest-budgeted, film, the commentary and 'making of' input from the cast etc. Yes, this BD package is certainly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

December 3rd, 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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