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Horse Money [Blu-ray]
(Pedro Costa, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Sociedade Óptica Técnica
Video: Second Run
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 42,801,555,084 bytes
Feature Size: 32,131,897,344 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.78 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 28th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Resolution:1080i / 25 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Portuguese and Kabuverdianu 1793 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1793 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Portuguese and Kabuverdianu 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
•Pedro Costa's short film O nosso homem (2010), presented from a new, director approved 1080 HD master (25:15)
• Filmmaker Thom Andersen introduces Horse Money (5:09)
• Pedro Costa in conversation with Laura Mulvey at the ICA Cinema, London (40:53)
• Horse Money Trailers and Teasers
• Booklet featuring essays on the film by Jonathan Romney and Chris Fujiwara
Description: HORSE MONEY is the stunning new film
from award-winning director Pedro Costa.
A visionary masterwork from the renowned director of Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa's HORSE MONEY is a mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon. The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces... and suddenly it is also then, the mid '70s and the time of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim. HORSE MONEY is a self-reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, as well as a piercingly beautiful work of modern cinema.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
It will surprise few that, like the majority of Pedro Costa's work, Horse Money is immune to straightforward narrative description. It's tempting to paint Costa as heir apparent to the neorealists, but the simple demands of a dramatic screenplay—much less a work of propaganda, leftist or otherwise—aren't even feigned in his latest, which picks up more or less where Colossal Youth left off. That film followed the state's dismantling of the Lisbon slum known as Fountainhas, and its central figure—a lanky, grizzled Cape Verdean immigrant in his 70s, known only as Ventura—returns as the doubled-down focus of Horse Money. (It's worth disclaiming that Costa's work is so politically fine-grained, words like “star” and “focus” can sound like ignorant bromides, jutting against the almost religious quietude of the filmmaking.)Excerpt from Slant Magazine located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Horse Money gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Second Run - their first BD release! It solidly in dual-layered territory with a max'ed out bitrate. Horse Money is an absolute visual treat and the 1080i (25 fps) supports these with solid contrast exhibiting a luscious, rich image in the 1.33:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there is no noise in the film's many dark and shadowy sequences. This Blu-ray probably looks very similar to the theatrical version of the film Horse Money. The HD visuals are immensely impressive.
NOTE: Michael Brooke tells us
FB: "It's 1080i50 in terms of technical specs,
but that's purely because the Blu-ray spec can't handle
1080p25. But in practice you're watching the latter, as
"1080i50" is a carrier for a fully progressive image.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
The audio is less important in the film but it's gratifying to see Second Run do it right with a DTS-HD Master 5.1 (with only modest separations) at 1793 kbps (16-bit) or the option of an even more robust linear PCM 2.0 channel (24-bit!) also in original Portuguese and Kabuverdianu There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE!
Second Run stack their first Blu-ray with plenty of valuable extras. We get Pedro Costa's 2010 short film O nosso homem, presented from a new, director approved 1080 HD master. It runs just over 25-minutes. Filmmaker Thom Andersen introduces Horse Money over 5-minutes and we can see a 41-minute conversation between Pedro Costa and Laura Mulvey at the ICA Cinema in London. There are Horse Money trailers and teasers and the package has a booklet featuring essays on the film by Jonathan Romney and Chris Fujiwara.
April 16th, 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
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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