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The Autopsy of Jane Doe [Blu-ray]
(André Øvredal, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Impostor Pictures
Video: Distribution Select (Canada)
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,518,198,888 bytes
Feature Size: 21,284,352,000 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.01 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 21st, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3987 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3987 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
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), none
• TIFF Q + A (11:34)
Description: It's just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe-eerily well preserved and with no visible signs of trauma-is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead.
Anybody who saw 2010's Troll Hunter could tell that its director,
André Øvredal, was a rare talent, but the longer one spends around the
film industry, the more one sees such talents eclipsed by circumstance.
A distinctive calling card is one thing; making a successful second film
is quite another. So it is particularly pleasing to see Øvredal return
with a film that not only lets his talent shine but is one of the best
horror movies of the year.
The film’s premise and action sound icky on paper, and they read as icky in practice. But for a movie where two men stare perplexed at a deceased woman’s naked body, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is remarkably graceful, and even respectful of it eponymous character. Øvredal can’t help that his gaze is male, so he takes great pains to deemphasize his film’s inherent creep factor through use of the camera, often filming Kelly at angles that protect her rather than leave her perversely exposed, which has the effect of enhancing her superb performance.Excerpt from PasteMagazine located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe gets its initial release on Blu-ray from Distribution Select out of Canada. The 1080P image is housed on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate - and the 1.5 hour film is transferred in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio. It looks consistent with high detail in close-ups, true colors and pleasing depth. The film has some very dark sequences but I noticed no noise or flaws although has some teal leaning. Contrast was strong and colors exported richness - notable in the more graphic scenes of the autopsies. This Blu-ray has a beautiful appearance in the widescreen and helps establish the film's suspense. Visually this was very pleasing.
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I believe theatrically the film had ATMOS sound. But this Blu-ray offers a robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround transfer at a healthy 3987 kbps (24-bit). They include options for lossy 5.1 and 2.0 stereo. The lossless track exports measured intensity in the effects - which are relatively sparse as it relies heavily upon the atmosphere, buoyed by the original score from the team of Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (Simon Killer, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Denis Villeneuve's Enemy) which, brilliantly, augments the films slow burn attributes, sounding crisp and even at the same time. Let's not forget the effectively used Open Up Your Heart by the The Hamblens (never be the same to me again!). There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Distribution Select add some supplements. We get a dozen minutes of a post TIFF screening with a Q + A - cast and filmmakers, plus a 1/4 hour Q + A with Emile Hirsch about his character and the production etc. I enjoyed André Øvredal's, 16-minute, short film, The Tunnel - about a family's commute hampered by slow-moving traffic and their desires to simply make it home safely. It is in Norwegian with English subtitles. There are also two trailers for the film.
April 25th, 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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Gary W. Tooze
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