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(Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Starburns Industries
Video: Paramount / Artificial Eye Curzon
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:30:36.431 / 1:30:12.824
Disc Size: 38,773,196,445 bytes/ 35,004,900,049 bytes
Feature Size: 26,887,483,392 bytes / 25,263,482,880 bytes
Video Bitrate: 31.04 Mbps / 29.97 Mbps
Chapters: 14 / 12
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase / Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 7th, 2016 / July 11th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3616 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3616 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
/ DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps /
English (SDH), English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, none
•None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa (30:03)
• Intimacy of Miniature (9:22)
• The Sound of Unease (5:42)
• Q+A with Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman and Rosa Tran (25:38)
• 13 Featurettes (9:18)
• Behind the Scenes gallery (1:21)
• Trailer (1:49)
Description: A lonely man with seemingly no outside interests other than his rather ironic job as a motivational speaker, takes a business trip where he meets an extraordinary stranger who may possess the power to change his negative view of life. This stop-motion animation feature is from lauded screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman, who co-directs alongside Duke Johnson. Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh provide their voices.
The sad and stingingly painful “Anomalisa,” a beautiful
big-screen whatsit, features a throng of whiners, malcontents and
depressives along with one bright soul who hasn’t let disappointment
break her. They’re a funny, odd group. Some register as generically
prickly, full of vinegar and spit (a few may just be tired after a day’s
work); others sag, as if deflating one breath at a time under an
unfathomable weight. And while some carry their burden quietly and
alone, others insist on sharing it, like those people who take deep,
accusatory sighs when you bump into them on the subway.
The hell of other people fuses with the hell of loneliness in this
strange miniature masterpiece from Charlie Kaufman. It’s an eerily
detailed puppet animation about a motivational speaker who spends one
unhappy night in a Cincinnati hotel. It is really funny, and
incidentally boasts one of the most extraordinarily real sex scenes in
film history. It also scared me the way a top-notch horror or a sci-fi
dystopia might. Being amused or scared at Anomalisa feels like
choosing between the blue pill or the red pill in
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Anomalisa uses stop-motion animation, similar to Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it arrives on Blu-ray from Paramount. It's dual-layered with a high bitrate and there is nothing to go wrong with the 1080P transfer. It was shot with a Canon EOS 7D and the image quality and style are impressive frequently exhibiting depth. This Blu-ray exports Anomalisa retaining the film's impact and power via the unique appearance. For all intents and purposes - it looks perfect on my system.
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Subtitle Sample Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Anomalisa's audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3616 kbps (24-bit). It's fairly passive and basically dialogue-driven - you may catch a hint of the famous soprano duet "Flower Duet" from Léo Delibes' opera Lakmé. The film's score is from frequent Coen collaborator, Carter Burwell (A Serious Man, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski) and we can hear his song 'None Of Them Are You' augmenting the film's gently supportive chords played throughout. It is all crisp enough without dynamic range or depth. The robust lossless handles everything the film requires. Dialogue is always clear and there are optional subtitles. Outside of David Thewlis as Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lisa Hesselman - all other voice characterizations, male or female, are by Tom Noonan.My Oppo has identified this Paramount as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
There are some relevant supplements. None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa runs a 1/2 hour and gives us an in-depth look at the film making process of Anomalisa with director, Charlie Kaufman, and stop-motion specialist, Duke Johnson. Intimacy of Miniature runs less than 10-minutes and details some of the more adult visuals of the stop-motion process. The Sound of Unease is only 5 minutes and references Tom Noonan as the many voice characterizations in the film.
May 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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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