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Endless Poetry aka "Poesía sin fin" [Blu-ray]
(Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Le Pacte
Video:Curzon Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 37,586,504,571 bytes
Feature Size: 36,425,091,072 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 6th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio Spanish 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 3634 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3634 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
• Trailer (1:50)
Description: Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile.
With this second volume of cinematic autobiography, 87-year-old Chilean
maverick filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky delivers a moving testimony on
the relationship between an oppressive father and the creative
temperament. For a director who’s delivered a career’s worth of
weirdness – from ‘El Topo’ to ‘Santa Sangre’– it’s a surprise to see
something with such universal appeal, requiring no prior knowledge of
the Jodorowsky back catalogue.
Three years ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky returned to filmmaking for the first time since 1990 with his sumptuous autobiographic epic The Dance of Reality. Now the octogenarian’s second part of a planned five-part series — think the tales of Antoine Doinel on acid — heralds the madcap hippie director of El Topo and The Holy Mountain as a master of a deeply personal magic-realist genre, effortlessly moving as it is psychologically and artistically rich.
Endless Poetry, which screened at Cannes in the same Directors’ Fortnight sidebar that first premiered The Dance of Reality, kicks off just as its predecessor ends. Young Alejandro and his parents (Jeremias Herskovits, Brontis Jodorowsky and a singing Pamela Flores, all returning) arrive in gritty Santiago, Chile’s capital, from their rural outpost in the northern area of the country. Alejandro doesn’t adapt well to the new surroundings, but when he chances upon a copy of Lorca’s poetry, his view of the world, and his place in it, shifts. His father dismisses artists and poets, and orders his son to return to biology textbooks in preparation for life as a doctor. But the seed is planted, and soon Alejandro runs away to join an artistic commune (a “den of degenerates,” as his father calls it), an act of defiance that will shape his personal, professional, and political life.Excerpt from TheFilmStage located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Endless Poetry gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Curzon / Artificial Eye in the UK. Like The Dance of Reality, this was shot on HD and looks excellent - bright colors, strong detail supporting the stunning cinematography of Christopher Doyle. It dual-layered and has a strong bitrate for the over 2-hour feature. Colors are brighter and truer than SD could relate and there is no noise in the darker sequences. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and plenty of depth in the 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray image seems devoid of imperfections of any kind in replicating the film's video.
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The AE Blu-ray of Endless Poetry offers a robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3634 kbps in the original Spanish language. It has some separations adding to the exotic atmosphere and some depth is also present in the very few instances of aggression. There is also a linear PCM stereo track (2304 kbps) available - both are in 24-bit. The score is by Adan Jodorowsky (the director's son) and sounds contemplative and serene occasionally exploding with passion. Everything is, predictably, clear and rich - sounding impressive throughout. There are, unfortunately, only burned-in English subtitles (for non-English dialogue only - there is some English in the film) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Sadly, only a theatrical trailer.
February 27th, 2017
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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