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The Fool aka Durak [Blu-ray]
(Yuriy Bykov, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Rock Film Studio
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,482,077,327 bytes
Feature Size: 24,010,825,728 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 19th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Russian 2046 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2046 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English, None
A dramatic tale worthy of Dostoyevsky, The Fool tells
the story of one man s fight against a corrupt political
system. Dima (Artyom Bystrov, Break Loose) is a young
man eking out a living in modern day Russia as a plumber s
assistant while working to finish college. Called out late
one night to inspect a leak at a derelict housing community,
he discovers a major structural problem and a building on
the verge of collapse. In his attempt to save the lives of
the eight hundred residents, Dima will find himself drawn
into a world of dark secrets and cancerous corruption, where
politicians and power players live by their own code and
where tragic consequences are but a grim afterthought.
Dima Nikitin is a simple and honest plumber who works in a small Russian town. Except for his unusual integrity, nothing makes him stand out of the crowd, until one night in a dorm mainly occupied by drunkards and outcasts, the pipes burst, endangering the occupants. Everybody needs to be immediately evacuated but nobody cares, so Nikitin sets off on a night-long odyssey to fight an entire system of corrupt bureaucrats.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
The dreary unidentified Russian town that is the setting of Yuri Bykov’s
devastating film, “The Fool,” is an outpost of hell. If you can bear to
look at it, I recommend you pay a visit and study it from behind
bulletproof glass, because similar places aren’t all that uncommon.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Fool (Durak) arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. It's standard single-layered but the image is quite appealing. It's a new film and hence there are no issues with the source condition or age. The 1080P exports tight visuals with rich, true. colors and no visible flaws. Contrast is impressive and the 2.35:1 film looks solid in-motion. The Blu-ray image has some minor depth and I really don't have any complaints with the video appearance.
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Audio is transferred to a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 2046 kbps (24-bit) in the original Russian. There is no real score but we do get Viktor Tsoy's Spokoynaya noch as performed by Kino imparting some seething depth. It's clean, dialogue audible and there are optional English subtitles. MyOppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Onlya trailer which is a shame as I think this film warrants some discussion. It is fine filmmaking.
April 17th, 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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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