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(aka "Marshland" )

 

directed by Alberto Rodríguez
Spain 2014

 

Marketed as the Spanish TRUE DETECTIVE, MARSHLAND is not quite as disturbing, but it has a unique setting in a rural Spain torn between its fascist past and democratic present. Rural Spain, 1980 - Two detectives - democratic "troublemaker" Pedro (Raúl Arévalo, DARK BLUE ALMOST BLACK) and cynical Juan (Javier Gutiérrez) are called to the countryside to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two teenage sisters of "easy virtue" after they were seen getting into a white Citroen. When their bodies are discovered in the marsh sexually violated and mutilated, suspects include the visiting harvest and fair workers as well as the girls' father (Antonio de la Torre, CANNIBAL) until drunk Miguel (Jesús Carroza) reveals that there have been similar murders before in 1977, 1978, and his own girlfriend just before the latest two (although her death was ruled a suicide based on the severed foot that was the only thing left of her). Looking into the cases and the troublesome past of the town - in which the military still maintain a strong fascist presence and support for Franco still exists even though he has been dead for five years - the detectives discover a link between the victims and handsome Quini (Jesús Castro, EL NINO) who comes from a well-to-do family and dated all of the missing girls. When they discover that Quini takes his women to assignations at a vacant hunting lodge in the company of wealthy Don Alfonso (Alberto González, SUMMER RAIN), they run into opposition in their investigation and are criticized for their forceful approach by the local officials who hypocritically remind them that this is now a democratic state; but the detectives have an idea of who may be the next victim.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 26 September 2014 (Spain)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:44:20
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:45)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: 9 February 2016
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

Strand Releasing's high-bitrate, dual-layer DVD presents a very strong progressive, anamorphic transfer of this Arri Alexa-photographed feature, which is just screaming for Blu-ray (available in the UK HERE and in Spain HERE - English-friendly) with its utterly intoxicating aerial shots. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track suits the alternating scenes of placid countryside stillness, sudden jolting noises, and enveloping rainstorms. Optional English subtitles are included. There are no extras apart from the film's trailer and previews for other Strand titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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