|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
The Salesman aka "Forushande" [Blu-ray]
(Asghar Farhadi, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Arte France Cinéma
Video: Artificial Eye / Curzons
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 38,207,883,397 bytes
Feature Size: 31,376,904,192 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 29th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio Persian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Persian 2725 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2725 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
•Trafalgar Square screening featurette (15:24)
• The Making of The Salesman (15:39)
• Trailer (2:11)
Description: With their old flat being damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the couple's life.
When a couple's upscale apartment building begins to collapse, a friend offers them a new space to live but doesn't relay that it was formerly inhabited by a prostitute. While home alone at night and taking a shower, the wife is attacked and the aftermath is traumatizing.
With the camera’s sidelong glances at its characters and lingering shots
of its settings, that atmosphere of anxiety in the face of
half-perceived or ill-explained events hovers over the whole film. The
protagonists are the high-school teacher Emad and his wife Rana (played
by Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti), both of them amateur actors
appearing as Willy and Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman. Now
desperate to find a new apartment, they accept an offer from a colleague
and move into a place where the previous tenant mysteriously refuses to
remove her belongings. The neighbours imply that she’s a prostitute but
the apartment is also filled with evidence of her and her child’s
apparently happy existence.
At the beginning of “The Salesman,” Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and
Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) must evacuate their Tehran apartment. There are
cracks in the walls, and the high-rise building is in danger of
collapsing. That flawed edifice might stand as a kind of inverse
metaphor for the film itself, which is a marvel of meticulous
construction. With exquisite patience and attention to detail, Asghar
Farhadi, the writer and director, builds a solid and suspenseful plot
out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Salesman gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye. It's dual-layered with a supportive bitrate. Colors are brighter and truer than SD could relate and there is no noise. The 1080P has a bit of gloss and depth in the 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray probably looks like exactly the theatrical version of the film The Salesman. It seems devoid of imperfections of any kind and this provides a pleasing video image.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
The Artificial Eye Blu-ray of The Salesman offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2725 kbps. It has hints of separation but everything is of a subtle nature with only a couple of more aggressive instances. There is also a linear PCM stereo track, also in the original Persian, and the subtle score by Sattar Oraki (A Separation) adds some emotion to the presentation. There are no flaws at all with the sound quality. There are burned-in English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
There are some supplement a 1/4 hour Trafalgar Square screening featurette - with discussion - plus a similar length Making of... with input from the filmmakers. There is also a trailer.
May 26th, 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
ALL OUR NEW FORMAT DVD REVIEWS