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(Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: CG Cinéma
Video: Artificial Eye Curzon
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 34,994,157,526 bytes
Feature Size: 31,094,415,360 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 11th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
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)
•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)
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
July 2nd, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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