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Into the Night aka "Série noire pour une nuit blanche" [Blu-ray]
(John Landis, 1985)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Universal Pictures
Video: Elephant Films
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,169,847,061 bytes
Feature Size: 21,891,090,432 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: June 1st, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2024 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2024 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1803 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1803 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• "Sound (And Vision) - Part 2": David Bowie by Christophe
Description: Besides Ron Koslow’s deceptively brilliant script, the two lead performances are outstanding. Goldblum’s regular guy insomniac is fantastic. He’s so good, it’s hard to believe Michelle Pfeiffer is even better as the sort of mystery woman who takes over his life. Koslow never gives pay-off scenes showing how Goldblum’s life has changed because of the encounter because there’s just no time for it. A pay-off scene would break the realism of the timeline Koslow and Landis create. Into the Night’s not real time and doesn’t attempt it.
Goldblum abandons a safe suburban existence in favour of nocturnal prowlings through Los Angeles, and encounters a mysterious blonde on the run. The plot is minimal, but the film scores partly because of a high sense of fun, and partly because of the way Landis uses his LA locations. As the characters race from the yachts of Marina Del Rey via Rodeo Drive to the Marion Davies mansion in Beverly Hills, he adds a visual running commentary of old film and TV ads, to milk our movie fantasies for all they're worth, and to convey a sense of Los Angeles as a truly mythical city. The casting of innumerable major film-makers in small roles seems an unnecessary bit of elbow-jogging, but David Bowie makes an excellent contribution as an English hit man, and the two leading players are excellent: Pfeiffer in particular takes the sort of glamorous yet preposterous part that generally defeats even the best actress and somehow contrives to make it credible every inch of the way.
John Landis's depressive thriller has an original premise: Jeff Goldblum is an angst-ridden, insomniac Los Angeleno who takes a midnight trip to the airport to fill his empty hours. In the parking lot he saves a beautiful woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) from a gang of Iranian gunmen and embarks on a series of adventures that take him across the nighttime city, none of which suffices to shake him out of the stupor of sleeplessness. In the early scenes, Landis and Goldblum work hard to make the character's depression dramatically real, and this infusion of gravity in a generally weightless genre brings a new meaning to the standard action scenes.Excerpt from Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Into the Night appears true to the source on Blu-ray from Elephant Films in France. It's single-layered with a low-ish bitrate for the, almost, 2-hour film. Colors aren't especially rich in 1080P but contrast seems adept exporting some, occasional, impressive depth. The visuals are 'light' but this may be accurate. In-motion, I thought it looked fine - very clean, reasonable detail in close-ups and in the accurate 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray has a nice realistic feel with a reasonable film-like sense to it. Visually this gets a definite passing grade.
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Elephant Films offer a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo track at 2024 kbps (24-bit) with pleasing depth but the film doesn't require an abundance of floor rattling. The score is by Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) Plus a lot of B.B. King, Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops and adds a lighter touch here and there. There is a lossless French DUB and are optional French subtitles. My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
There are David Bowie-related supplements but unfortunately all in French - "Sound (And Vision) - Part 2" - David Bowie by Christophe Conte runs shy of 10-minutes, plus there is a short tribute to David Bowie by Jean-Pierre Dionnet as well as trailers for Into the Night and Cat People (both 4:3 with burned in French subtitles). The package has a 24-page booklet, also in French, "David Bowie and the 80s, the passion of metamorphosis" by Stéphane du Mesnildot of the Cahiers du Cinéma. There is a second disc - a, PAL, DVD of the film.
March 19th, 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 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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