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Queen of Earth [Blu-ray]
(Alex Ross Perry, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Faliro House Productions
Video: Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine #154
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,062,958,933 bytes
Feature Size: 29,600,248,128 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.02 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: July 11th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2720 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2720 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
• Commentary from Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss
• Behind the scenes (7:11)
• DVD included
Description:Following on from his indie smash, Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry returns with a much darker thrilling examination of a deeply complex relationship between two women at the extremities of misery.
Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) has entered a particularly dark phase in her life: her father, a famous artist whose affairs she managed, has recently died, and on the heels of his death she's dumped by her boyfriend James (Kentucker Audley). With relaxation and the idea of gathering her thoughts, Catherine heads to her friend Virginia's (Katherine Waterston) lake house for some much needed rest. However, once Catherine arrives relaxation proves impossible to find, as she is overcome with memories of time spent at the same house with James the year before. As cracks in the relationship between the two women begin to appear, Catherine soon starts descending into a downward spiral of delusion and madness.
A bracing, eerie look at the deep bonds of friendship and the horrific effects of such bonds being frayed, Queen of Earth is an extremely dark study of the effects that the two women's misery has upon their own relationship. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present Alex Ross Perry's latest feature in a special Dual Format edition.
When you first see Catherine, she’s looking upward, her teary,
blotchy face filling the frame. She’s suffering, all right, you better believe
it, although she doesn’t seem to be doing a particularly good job of convincing
the guy who’s mostly off-camera. She looks like a mess — pathetic, really, with
her smeared black eye makeup and the tears that just keep pooling and dribbling.
The funny thing is that with her wet raccoon eyes and red nose, Catherine — a
sensational Elisabeth Moss — also looks like a sad clown. All that’s missing is
the black velvet background.
Elisabeth Moss is the ‘Actor of Her Generation.’ She is a true
chameleon, and can anchor a lead role while still expressing a twitch of
consequence. The subject is depression in “Queen of Earth,” and
writer/director Alex Ross Perry is able to honestly portray it through
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Queen of Earth was shot on 16mm and is transferred to a dual-layered Blu-ray with a max'ed out bitrate by The Masters of Cinema group in the UK. It looks quite thick and textured - probably very similar to how it looked theatrically. The visuals are heavy and rich on the 1080P Blu-ray offering a mesmerizing and authentic 1080P presentation.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Masters of Cinema give the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 2720 kbps or a linear PCM stereo (both 24-bit). It sounds intentionally scattered adding to the vérité feel but we can assume the rendering is accurate to the production. The score by Keegan DeWitt (Listen Up Philip) is supportive and sounds clean and mood-enhancing via the lossless. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles - see sample above - and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Masters of Cinema include some supplements. There is an informative commentary from director/writer Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss filling in some further details of the production, characters and story. Well worth the indulgence. There is a 7-minute behind-the-scenes focusing on the shooting of one scene. There is the original UK theatrical trailer and the dual-format includes a second disc DVD. The package has a reversible sleeve.
June 27th, 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 3500 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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