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The Daughter [Blu-ray]
(Simon Stone, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Screen NSW
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,861,214,261 bytes
Feature Size: 22,683,752,448 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.69 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 25th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1639 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1639 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), None
• trailer (2:06)
Description: After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), the wealthy owner of the local mill that's been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and finds himself drawn to Oliver's family, which includes wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). Unexpectedly, Christian discovers a secret that could tear Oliver s family apart; and when Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community. As Christian tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.
The Daughter is a contemporary adaptation of the play “The Wild Duck” by Henrik Ibsen. Henry used to run the lumber mill, which has recently closed down, resulting in mass unemployment and the townsfolk moving away. One of those now unemployed is Oliver, even though he still enjoys a relatively happy existence with his wife and daughter. This is the opposite of the relationship Henry has with Christian, who resents an affair Henry had, resulting in the suicide of Christian’s mother.
For all of the people who have grown up in small towns where the main industry fails and the community begins to die, The Daughter is an ode to you. This tale of overlapping lives exposes the devastation of a small logging community at the announcement of the local mill closing. The experience is bitter-sweet for the owner, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), who in the midst of the shutting down of the mill is in the process of getting remarried. The turmoil at the mill and the upcoming nuptials of the community leader shows how the people of the town are involved in each others lives beyond the logging industry. Also, the festivities welcome the homecoming of Christian (Paul Schneider), the son of Henry and his first wife. As heir to the dying town’s sole industry, he attempts to avoid his father and his new bride by reconnecting with his former friend, Oliver (Ewen Leslie), his wife, Charlotte (Miranda Otto) and their spirited daughter, Hedvig (Odessa Young). Christian’s journey back into his past brings out secrets of his life and exposes the mysteries of the town that many people wish would remain buried..
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of The Daughter looks quite strong in 1080P. It's a modern film and the transfer has a supportive bitrate, so - it really has no flaws in replicating the theatrical appearance. The film has a dark look but the visuals don't suffer with noise. There is depth and the image is, predictably, pristinely clean. There is good detail in close-ups and colors look true and tight. I appreciated the film's cinematography - both landscapes and use of the 2.35:1 frame. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, and pleasurable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.
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Kino Lorber give the option of DTS-HD Master tracks in both 5.1 surround or 2.0 channel stereo. There is very little aggression - some rifle shots at at firing range is about all I can recall. The score is by Mark Bradshaw (also the composer for the excellent Top of the Lake, and Jane Campion's Bright Star) and the solitary piano sounds beautiful via the lossless. The dialogue, with Aussie accents, was sometimes harder to distinguish - but there are optional subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer. A director commentary would have done wonders in advancing appreciation, I think.
March 29th, 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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