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Mustang [Blu-ray]

 

(Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015)

 

Also available in Region 'A' on Blu-ray by Cohen Media:

  

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: CG Cinéma

Video: Artificial Eye Curzon

 

Disc:

Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:37:01.815 

Disc Size: 34,994,157,526 bytes

Feature Size: 31,094,415,360 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 11th, 2016

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

LPCM Audio Turkish 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Turkish 3366 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3366 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English, none

 

Extras:

Director's Fortnight Interview with Deniz Gamze Ergüven (6:59)
Short film Bir Damla Su (A Drop of Water) (18:51)
Theatrical Trailer (1:43)

 

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Description: It's the beginning of summer. In a small village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are on their way home from school, innocently playing with local boys. But prying village eyes view their games with suspicion about the girls behaviour. Their refusal to repent quickly causes a scandal among the family.

Drawing vocal support from critics, festivals and audiences across the globe, this stunning Oscar-nominated debut from female director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is set to be one of the most talked-about and celebrated films of the year.

 

 

The Film:

Deep in rural Anatolia, five teenage sisters start to test out their sexuality, like foals taking their tentative first steps on unsteady legs. And the conservative community around them responds with panic, in this terrific, Oscar-nominated first feature. Their collective beauty automatically makes them morally suspect. And in a culture in which a woman’s worth is still measured by her marriageability, this is a serious blow to their prospects. The grandmother who has raised them since they were orphaned bows to pressure from the men in the family and locks down the girls’ freedom. After subjecting the three oldest to medical inspections to check their purity, the windows are barred and the house turned into a “wife factory”. One by one, the sisters are brokered for marriage like stock animals; meanwhile, the youngest, Lale (Güneş Şensoy), who narrates the film, dreams of taking charge of her own life and escaping to Istanbul.

Excerpt from The Guardian located HERE

Full of life even as it depicts lives in lockdown, “Mustang” is a stunning debut feature by Deniz Gamze Ergüven about five sisters in rural Turkey. Confined to their grandmother’s house, the girls bridle against losing their freedoms in a story grounded in both laughter and tears, and above all in the resilient strength of these girls against soul-deadening strictures.

The supposed sin of Lale, the narrator, and her four sisters — ages extending into the teenage years — was to romp with boys at the beach on the last day of school. Their real offense is being girls with uncontainable independent spirits in a patriarchal culture. The anxious grandmother and uncle who look after the sisters forbid them to leave the house, and turn the place into a “wife factory.” Lale, Nur, Ece, Selma and Sonay keep on pushing, sneaking away to see a soccer game, and boys, and the walls keep on closing in. Virginity tests are administered by a doctor; bars are put on the windows; prospective husbands are entertained over tea.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

 

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Mustang gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye.  It's dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. It looks flawless as a representation of the original film which was shot on digital with the versatile Arri Alexa Plus. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and some minor depth in the 2.39:1 frame.  It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail in the few close-ups and there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray probably looks precisely like the theatrical version of the film Mustang. No complaints of any kind.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Artificial Eye / Curzon use the option of a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 2304 kbps (24-bit) or a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a healthy 3366 kbps (also 24-bit) - both in the original Turkish. I opted for the surround but the film's required separations and range are few and far between - it sounded quote excellent though and the score by Warren Ellis (The Road, The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) seems to benefit from the transfer's depth. There are optional English subtitles (menu-driven) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Artificial Eye include some supplements; a 7-minute 'Director's Fortnight Interview' with Deniz Gamze Ergüven and one of the director's shorts; a 20-minute film entitled Bir Damla Su (A Drop of Water) about a woman who disappears after a tumultuous evening with her father and boyfriend at a family party. It was quite intriguing. There is also a theatrical trailer.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Mustang is brilliant world cinema. I can't believe that I had not seen it until now. Nice to see the examination - exposing another, justifiably-considered barbaric, cultural practice that is still thriving in our world. An eye-opening and highly impacting film experience. The Artificial Eye Blu-ray provides an excellent a/v presentation with supplements of a strongly recommendable film. This is easy to put in the 'must-own' and 'don't hesitate' category for digital librarian cinephiles everywhere. Don't miss this film! 

Gary Tooze

July 2nd, 2016

Also available in Region 'A' on Blu-ray by Cohen Media:

  


 

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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