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(Atom Egoyan, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Serendipity Point Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 38,618,077,282 bytes
Feature Size: 27,749,695,488 bytes
Video Bitrate: 33.36 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 3rd, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3507 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3507 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), Spanish, none
• Audio Commentary with Atom Egoyan, Producer Robert Lantos and writer Benjamin August
• Performances To Remember (16:49)
• A Tapestry of Evil: Remembering the Past (13:47)
• Code for Ultraviolet digital download
Description: Remember is the contemporary story of Zev, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences!
Crafting the intelligent thriller is a tough assignment: A sufficiently
twisting plot can take up so much artistic space there’s little room
left for satisfying development of character and themes. Atom Egoyan’s
new film Remember is admirable – remarkably, it builds a drama of
genuine suspense around the quest for vengeance of a forgetful
90-year-old – but it is also frustratingly limited in ways that can’t
really be discussed without revealing its surprise ending.
The story opens in darkness with breathing sounds as if we were stuck in a deep well. Then Zev Gutman (Christopher Plummer) wakes up in his room in the nursing home, calling for his wife, Ruth, only to be told by the nurse that she had passed away a week ago. Zev suffers from dementia and this is the first of many awakenings. Right away doubt is in the air and Zev is not the dotty old fool so many movie octogenarians are reduced to. Who in this place can he trust? Atom Egoyan's terrifically paced episodic thriller Remember is hard to forget.Excerpt from Eye For Film located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Remember looks very good on Blu-ray from Lionsgate. It was shot on HD using the Arri Alexa and Arri Amira cameras. It has all the attributes of that versatile format - very crisp close-ups and impressive detail. This is dual-layered with a very high bitrate. The image certainly rises above SD-capability. Contrast is adept and it is as clean and flawless as you might expect a modern film to look on Blu-ray. The image is excellent as a representation of the original.
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Lionsgate use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a healthy 3507 kbps (24-bit) although the film doesn't allow the track to test its abilities. It handles everything Remember requires with ease. We can hear some brooding intensity in the excellent score by Mychael Danna (Little Miss Sunshine, Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil and The Ice Storm, Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe, Adoration etc.). The audio quality is, essentially, perfectly transferred. There are optional English and Spanish subtitles on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.
Being an Egoyan fan, I really appreciated the audio commentary with director Egoyan, producer Robert Lantos and writer Benjamin August. It made clearer the unique production hurdles of Remmeber and it had some interesting details of how the project came together. Well worth the listen if you were keen on the film and its topic. Performances To Remember runs 17-minutes and looks at the stars of the film including Christopher Plummer, Dean Norris, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz, Henry Czerny, Jürgen Prochnow etc. A Tapestry of Evil: Remembering the Past is 14-minutes (but could have been longer) looking at the hunt for living Nazi war criminals, Simon Wiesenthal etc. I was fascinated. There are trailer/previews and the package has a leaflet code for Ultraviolet digital download.
April 30th, 2016
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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Gary W. Tooze
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