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Dallas Buyers Club [Blu-ray]
(Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Truth Entertainment
Video:Koch Media (Italy)
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 41,568,820,996 bytes
Feature Size: 37,023,125,952 bytes
Video Bitrate: 33.36 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 6th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p / 24 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3129 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3129 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB: DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 3287 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3287 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Interview with
Matthew McConaughey (13:00 - English with Italian subtitles)
Description: In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can't wait for the medical establishment to save them.
Terrific performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto elevate this socio-medical drama out of the realms of the ordinary into something quietly remarkable. While McConaughey's dramatic weight loss may make attention-grabbing headlines, there's much more to his performance than the mere shedding of 30-odd pounds. Continuing the reinvention (dubbed the "McConaissance") which has seen him lay the ghost of grizzly romcoms such as Failure to Launch with harder-edged roles in Magic Mike and Killer Joe, McConaughey is utterly convincing as the ravaged rodeo redneck who is given 30 days to live after being diagnosed with Aids, but who stubbornly refuses to lie down and die. Despite very strong competition from Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, odds are that McConaughey will take the Oscar for best actor next month, with Leto similarly triumphing with best supporting actor. Both wins would be thoroughly deserved.
This is a film that embodies a lot of anger but never comes across as hectoring - it's far too gleefully subversive for that. For all the ugliness, it's also a tremendous amount of fun. Yves Bélanger's cinematography somehow keeps us focused through a riot of colour and motion. Jean-Marc Vallée's direction effortlessly carries us through changes of perception brought on by illness, violence, drugs and thinking. It's one of the smartest films of the year and should not be missed.Excerpt from EyeForFilm located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Dallas Buyers Club appears true to the source on Blu-ray from Koch out of Italy. It is neither glossy nor pristinely sharp (shot with the Arri Alexa) but shows some depth and I would guess the 2.4:1 aspect ratio 1080P transfer is a strong replication of the theatrical appearance. I recall it being a little green in some of the indoor scenes when I saw it theatrically. It's on a dual-layered disc with a very high bitrate - colors look true, without embellishment, and the visuals look excellent in-motion. This Blu-ray is competently transferred and gives a worthy presentation.
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Koch use aDTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track (24-bit) in the original English with an equally robust Italian DUB. There is minimal depth because the film doesn't require an abundance of floor rattling. That is, aside from some of the music - a cornucopia variety of songs - many country-western themes - with a few pieces performed by Shuggie Otis, Stephen Edwards, plus Kenny Rogers's Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, Animotion's Obsession, After The Scripture by Manchester Orchestra etc. There are optional Italian subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
NOTE: The text screens at the end and the credits are in Italian in this edition.
There is a 13-minute interview with Matthew McConaughey in English with Italian subtitles - talking about the character and his portrayal of Ron Woodroof. There is some behind the scenes footage and a 5-minute deleted scene (both English with Italian subs). There is also an Italian trailer and a 10-minute piece entitled Aids Today running for less than 10-minutes and it is solely in Italian!
October 17th, 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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