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Heal the Living aka "Réparer les vivants" [Blu-ray]
(Katell Quillévéré , 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Les Films du Bélier
Video: Artificial Eye Curzons
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 38,594,549,795 bytes
Feature Size: 31,550,144,448 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 3rd, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1961 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1961 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
•Interview with director Katell Quillévéré (14:53)
• Theatrical trailer (1:45)
Description: It all starts at daybreak, three young surfers on the raging seas. A few hours later, on the way home, an accident occurs. Now entirely hooked up to life-sup- port in a hospital in Le Havre, Simon's existence is little more than an illusion. Meanwhile, in Paris, a woman awaits the organ transplant that will give her a new lease on life.
Director Katell Quillévéré (‘Love
Like Poison’) follows a human heart through an organ transplant
– beginning with the donor, Simon (Gabin Verdet), a dreamy bleached-hair
teenage surfer killed in an accident. When the hospital calls his house
at the crack of dawn, Simon’s mum (Emmanuelle Seigner) groggily answers
the phone, oblivious that her life is about to shatter into a thousand
There are moments of hypnotic beauty, small gestures of comfort
documented with an omniscient kindly distance, a dawdling angelic
remove. Slowly, steadily, the circumstances of a single life-saving
operation are constructed.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Heal the Living is a marvelous film. It was such a pleasure to see it on Blu-ray from Artificial Eye. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting rich colors and depth in the 2.39:1 frame. The film is bright and crisp. The BD is, predictably, pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering of this 2016 film. This Blu-ray probably looks exactly like the theatrical version of the film. It seems devoid of imperfections of any kind.
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Artificial Eye include the choice of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround or a linear PCM stereo track - both 16-bit and both in the original French language. The film has a few separations which come through moderately well in the DTS track. The inspirational score is by Alexandre Desplat (Unbroken, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ghost Writer, The King's Speech) and adds a strong dimension to the viewing experience without overplaying itself with excessive melodrama. Nothing but positives here for the audio transfer as well. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Supplements consist of a 1/4 hour interview with director Katell Quillévéré about the production (in French with English subtitles) and a theatrical trailer.
July 10th, 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
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