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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: El Deseo
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 28,555,651,831 bytes
Feature Size: 22,776,766,464 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.87 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 21st, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 3479 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3479 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
English (SDH), English , French,none
• Portrait of Julieta (8:52)
• Celebrating director Pedro Almodóvar (8:15)
•Theatrical trailer (1:52)
Description: In Julieta, critically acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar tells a story about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty and come to grips with fate. Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter, Antia. They are both in pain over the loss of Xoan, Antia’s father and Julieta’s husband. But sometimes grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antia turns eighteen, she abandons her mother without a word of explanation. Julieta is haunted by the mystery of this loss and it pervades everything in her life. Her struggle and obsession lead to self-discovery and surprising revelations.
Suárez and Ugarte don’t just play the same woman at different ages; they
play the same woman on either side of two family crises that change her
forever. We first meet Julieta (Suárez) middle-aged and living in
Madrid, preparing to move with her partner (Darío Grandinetti) to
Portugal. But a chance meeting with Bea (Michelle Jenner), a childhood
friend of her daughter Antía, changes her mind about the move and she
starts writing notes about her earlier adult life.
Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th film, Julieta, has a magnificent score
from his trusty Alberto Iglesias, which cites musical motifs of all
sorts and fuses them into a lithe, jazz-inflected suite. There’s a
respectful variation on Barber’s Adagio, when the main character, on the
worst day of her life, has to identify a body.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Julieta looks excellent on Blu-ray from Sony. The film was shot with the Arri Alexa XT. It has flourishes of Almodóvar's brilliant pallet of colors. It sneaks into dual-layered territory with a reasonable bitrate and brings his, usual, impressive visuals to the viewing with exuberance and fine detail. It's a modern films and not much to find flaws in the presentation. It's in the original 1.85:1 frame - no noise and decent contrast supporting some depth and pleasing sharpness in close-ups. This Blu-ray looks solid and being an Almodóvar film makes it all the more handsome in 1080P.
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Sony usea DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3479 kbps (24-bit) in the original Spanish language. There are few effects and the robust transfer can handle all the film requires in terms of depth and separation. Alberto Iglesias (Sex and Lucia, Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy, Broken Embraces, The Skin I Live In, Che, The Kite Runner etc.) does the score and it's a special one - slowly convening emotion and atmosphere brilliantly. You may also note. Ryuichi Sakamoto's Playing the Piano 2009 and Si no te vas performed by Chavela Vargas. Dialogue was always clear and there are English and French subtitle choices as well as an English descriptive audio option. The Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked.
Not too much in the supplement department - a 9-minute Portrait of Julieta featurette as a standard, brief, making of advert has Almodóvar discussing his interest in the book etc. and a piece on an evening of Celebrating director Pedro Almodóvar running 8-minutes plus there is a theatrical trailer.
March 11th, 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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