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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)
Disc Size: 23,963,341,060 bytes
Feature Size: 19,468,025,856 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.98 Mbps
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
•Commentary with writer-director Nick Matthews, writer-actor Craig Behenna and Producer David Ngo
• Making ofProduction 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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