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|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
(Richard Linklater, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: IFC Productions
Video: Criterion Collection Spine #839
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 47,954,469,576 bytes
Feature Size: 47,479,590,912 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: October 11th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3059 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3059 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English (SDH), none
• New audio commentary featuring Linklater and nine members of the film’s cast and crew
• PLUS: An essay by novelist Jonathan Lethem
Description: There has never been another movie like Boyhood, from director Richard Linklater. An event film of the utmost modesty, it was shot over the course of twelve years in the director’s native Texas and charts the physical and emotional changes experienced by a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Ethan Hawke), and his older sister (Lorelei Linklater). Alighting not on milestones but on the small, in-between moments that make up lives, Linklater fashions a flawlessly acted, often funny portrait that flows effortlessly from one year to the next. Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, Boyhood has a power that only the art of cinema could harness.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, both a fictional drama about growing up and
a wonder-rousing cinema experiment, deserves all the accolades it has
been receiving since its appearances at the Sundance and Berlin film
festivals earlier this year. Presented in 143 scenes shot in 39 days
over a dozen years with the same cast, the film explores that permeable
border between drama and documentary in a way that evokes recognition,
melancholy and joy, while sticking to the mundane experiences of one
Back in 2001, having most recently released the 86-minute real-time
camcorder drama Tape, Richard Linklater conceived an “impractical idea”
that would, in contrast, sporadically absorb him for the next 12 to 13
years: “the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from
the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to
college”. Unique in scope and potential pitfalls — would he find actors
who could commit for so many years? What if his lead child evolved into
a sub-par performer? Would he be able to fashion a coherent narrative
around such a nebulous notion? — Linklater’s gamble, revisited for a few
scenes each year and becoming, in his words, like a “summer camp art
project”, is in fact an absolute gem, possibly the director’s
masterpiece to date.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Boyhood looks excellent on Blu-ray from Criterion and is cited as a "New 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater". This dual-layered Blu-ray, with max'ed out bitrate, reproduced with as flawless a 1080P presentation as you might anticipate from a modern film. Boyhood was shot on 35mm using a Moviecam Compact or the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The image quality is representative of the film's realism in colors with tight detail and frequent depth. I see no weaknesses in the HD presentation it is, predictably pristinely clean and impressive looking.
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Criterion use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track - 3059 kbps - 24-bit. Everyday sounds have some separation but does not dominate the soundstage. There is no score, per-se, but instances of recognizable music throughout including Coldplay's Yellow, Sheryl Crow's Soak Up the Sun, Wilco's Hate It Here, Lady Gaga's Lovegame, Foo Fighters' Let It Die, Bob Dylan's Beyond the Horizon, George Harrison's What Is Life and much more. It all sounds excellent via the lossless. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.
Criterion stack this release with many new extras including a new audio commentary, recorded in Austin, Texas, in December 2015 featuring Linklater, producer Cathleen Sutherland, editor Sandra Adair, co-producer and first assistant director Vince Plamo Jr., production designer Rodney Becker, costume designer Kari Perkins, casting director Beth Sepko-Lindsey, and actors Marco Perella, Libby Villari and Andrew Villarreal. The film is long at almost 3 hours but the commentary fills the time with relevant production remembrances and details. There is a second Blu-ray disc housing the other supplements including Twelve Years - a new, 50-minute, documentary chronicling the film’s production, featuring footage shot over the course of its twelve years, Memories of the Present - a new, hour-long, discussion featuring Linklater and actors Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane, moderated by producer John Pierson. It was also recorded in Austin, Texas, in December 2015. Always Now is a new 1/2 hour conversation between Coltrane and actor Ethan Hawke. Time of Your Life is an excellent new video essay by critic Michael Koresky about time in Linklater’s films, narrated by Coltrane and running 12.5 minutes. Through the Years is a 24-minute collection of portraits of the cast and crew by photographer Matt Lankes, narrated with personal thoughts from Linklater, Arquette, Hawke, Coltrane, and producer Cathleen Sutherland. The book "Boyhood": Twelve Years of Film features some of these on-set photographs taken by Matt Lankes. It also has writings by Lankes, writer-director Richard Linklater, producer Cathleen Sutherland, and actors Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane. The package is rounded out with a liner notes booklet with an essay by novelist Jonathan Lethem.
Blu-ray disc 2
September 21st, 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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