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The Unknown Girl aka "La Fille inconnue" [Blu-ray]
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Les Films du Fleuve
Video: Curzon / Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 33,144,125,680 bytes
Feature Size: 32,279,494,656 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 6th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1769 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1769 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
• Trailer (1:43)
Description: Jenny, a young general practitioner, feels guilty for not having opened the door of her practice to a girl who is found dead shortly after. On learning from the police that they have no way of identifying her, Jenny has only one goal: to discover the name of the young girl so that she will not be buried anonymously so that she will not disappear as if she had never lived.
Directing-duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have been making slight
variations of the same, very good (sometimes great) film for years, so
it’s exciting to see the French brothers take their morality tales into
the framework of a murder mystery with The Unknown Girl.
Like sculptors reworking the same granite into familiar shapes,
Belgium's Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, always tell
challenging, immediate, contemporary stories rooted in the grey,
industrial townscape of French-speaking Seraing near Liège. In their
latest, the remarkable young French actress Adèle Haenel plays Jenny, a
sensitive but no-nonsense local doctor consumed with guilt when a young
prostitute is found dead by the river near her surgery.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Unknown Girl gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Curzon / Artificial Eye. It's dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate for the 1 3/4 hour feature. Image quality is true, colors are tight and authentic. The 1080P supports solid contrast and frequent depth in the, original, 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the transfer appearance. This Blu-ray probably looks like a strong replication of the theatrical version of the film, The Unknown Girl. Which is all we can ask.
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The AE Blu-ray of The Unknown Girl offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1769 kbps or a linear PCM 2.0 channels stereo at 1536 kbps - both 16-bit in the original French language. The separation is minor and only in everyday occurrences like walking in the street or driving. There are no effects or score music in the film. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Only a theatrical trailer.
February 1st, 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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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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