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directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Denmark / France / USA
2016

 

An aspiring 16-year-old model (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, where she quickly finds success after she is discovered by a makeup artist (Jena Malone) and signed by an agent (Christina Hendricks). However, her beauty also draws the attention of lecherous men, and provokes the jealousy of other women in showbiz. Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, and Keanu Reeves co-star. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon made its world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

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The director has been criticised for stealing his imagery from other artists but his collage approach is very much in keeping with the spirit of the age, and whilst The Neon Demon reflects on decades of (mal)practice, it is also intensely modern. This is aided by Cliff Martinez's pulsing electronic score, which draws on musical motifs that are among the few constants in the language of fashion shows. There are actually very few pieces of couture on show, but this fits with the argument that fashion has never been about clothes. This is a film about greatness and those who have it thrust upon them. Its visual indulgence and frequent referencing of other films about celebrity, from Sunset Boulevard to Mulholland Drive, is entirely appropriate given its subject matter - and ultimately, there's nothing to be ashamed of about enjoying the beauty of a film.

Excerpt from EyeForFilm located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 20th, 2016 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Comparison:

Broadgreen - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Koch Media (Mediabook) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Broadgreen - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  LEFT vs. Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

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Distribution Broadgreen- Region Region 'A' - Blu-ray Koch Media -  Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:57:42.096 1:57:03.791 
Video

2.39:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,102,205,023 bytes

Feature: 31,912,697,856 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.96 Mbps

2.39:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,910,259,572 bytes

Feature: 31,386,845,184 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate US  Blu-ray

Bitrate German Blu-ray

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3186 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3186 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB:

DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1769 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1769 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 1737 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1737 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), Spanish, None German, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Broadgreen

 

2.39:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,102,205,023 bytes

Feature: 31,912,697,856 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.96 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
 Audio commentary with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning

Behind the Soundtrack of The Neon Demon (5:08)

About The Neon Demon (1:12)

Blu-ray Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Koch Media

2.39:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,910,259,572 bytes

Feature: 31,386,845,184 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
 Audio commentary with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning

Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn (34:28)
Interview with composer Cliff Martinez (23:53)
• AM SET (3:38)
Original Trailer (1:39)

German trailer (1:37)

Original Teaser (0:33)

German Teaser (0:32)

Gallery (5:02)
Nicolas Winding - Storyteller (22:42 - Italian and English with German subtitles)
 

DVD of Extras

Conference Munich Film Festival with Nicolas Winding Refn and Alejandro Jodorowsky (41:01 English with German subtitles)
Nicolas Winding Refn Masterclass (37:36)
 

DVD of the film

 

CD of the soundtrack

Blu-ray Release Date: October 27th, 2016
Mediabook
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 13

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Neon Demon is a fascinating and very special work of cinema and I was extremely pleased to finally compare these releases. From our 2016 Year End Poll - one participant, L. Ross Fenstermaker (I don't believe he is the racehorse trainer) thought the Koch Mediabook was the best 'package of the year'! I hadn't seen the North American Blu-ray, but decided to pick it up. I purchased it from Amazon Canada for only $10 CAN. I am making an assumption that it is the same package as the US release (same cover, same release date etc.) I was blown away by the film and indulged in the impressive German Mediabook Blu-ray to seek out differences.

For the transfer - there are virtually none, almost the exact same technical transfer - dual-layered with a high bitrate. I compared a few captures below without noting any strong differences. It's a modern film and this is common. It looks excellent - the art direction is brilliant and the film's visuals are mesmerizing - often cold, sanitized with beautiful colors. Not dissimilar to the world of fashion, no?

When I upgrade to 4K UHD, this is definitely a film I will purchase. The eye-candy makes it demo material:

The audio, however, goes to the US release. Although both utilize a DTS-HD Master, the Koch is only 16-bit while the Broadgreen is 24-bit. I can't emphasize how important this is as the electronic-based film score, by Cliff Martinez (King of the Hill, Contagion, Traffic, sex, lies and videotape) is such a large part of the film experience that the uptick is meaningful. The Koch offers a German DUB and German subtitles. Their disc is region 'B'-locked and the Broadgreen has optional English (SDH) - see sample - and Spanish subtitles on their region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

NOTE: Ross tells us in FB: "I wanted to mention that there were some complaints about the sound mix on the US release, something about the music being too low. I got the German mediabook for the packaging and extras, but apparently the mix is better as well with appropriate music levels." (Thanks Ross!)

Andrew also tells us : "Gary, I too used to own the Broadgreen disc and thought it sounded awful in DTS-HD 5.1. For whatever reason, and the US BD of "Pulp Fiction" has this problem too, the sound mix has some sort of smart sound volume control which makes all the loud sounds quiet and the quiet sounds loud, imbalancing the whole mix. Whenever a loud music beat occurs or a loud sound occurs, it gets unnaturally quiet and it's definitely not a problem with my home theater because
I compared the discs and the German release edition doesn't have these volume dropouts.

I'm not sure why this happens with home video releases but it happened with the DVD and BD of "Pulp Fiction" (compared to the Criterion Laserdisc which doesn't have audio dropouts) and it happened with the US Tartan DVD release of "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" which was not present on the original Region 3 Korean DVD or the subsequent Tartan BD
." (Thanks Andrew!)

Both offer the audio commentary with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning which isn't in-depth but they seem to be enjoying chatting and Elle is much like the 'innocent' side of her character. There are some relevant details to the production that some may find interesting. The Broadgreen adds a brief piece "Behind the Soundtrack of The Neon Demon" and even shorter "About The Neon Demon". So while Koch include the, same, English commentary their extras are far more in-depth. They include a 1/2 hour interview with Nicolas Winding Refn and 24-minutes with composer Cliff Martinez - both in English with German subtitles. There is also a 22-minute Nicolas Winding - Storyteller - but the host speaks in Italian, Refn in English, and there are German subtitles. The rest of the Blu-ray extras are brief; trailers, teasers, a gallery. Koch add a second DVD of extras - a 40-minute conference at The Munich Film Festival with Nicolas Winding Refn and Alejandro Jodorowsky (English with German subtitles) and a 38-minute Nicolas Winding Refn Masterclass at the same event - also in English with German subs. There is also a DVD of the film and a wonderful 23-track CD of the film's music.   

Both Blu-ray packages have unique offerings. I'd lean away from the US with the noted audio issues and the included CD, on the Mediabook is an excellent addition. The film gets a very strong recommendation - don't judge it on its title or US cover - this is, in no way, some slap-dash slasher horror (it's more like an art film.) There are strong, subtly expressed, themes here and the visual and aural experience is not to be missed. A very strong recommendation!

 - Gary Tooze


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