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Nymph aka "Mamula" or "Killer Mermaid" or "Nymph - Mysteriös. Verführerisch. Tödlich." [Blu-ray]
(Milan Todorovic, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Viktorija Film
Video: Splendid Film/WVG
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,157,473,555 bytes
Feature Size: 18,941,485,056 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.96 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 30th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio German 2071 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2071 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2071 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2071 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
German, Dutch, none
• 8 trailers (none for the film)
Description: There is a lot of interest in mermaids lately. I think they one of the few untapped monsters that still hold interest for us. I'm actually quite surprised that they haven't gotten more exposure over the years since they are a fascinating creature. Director Milan Todorovic attempts to right this wrong with his Island based horror film Killer Mermaid and does a decent job for the most part breathing life into the legendary siren and her alluring song.
What has Disney done to mermaids? Even in Hans Christian Andersen's
time, they had a darker symbolic weight, but today Western horror fans
are reacting to Killer Mermaids as if it has come up with a playful
twist. Not so in Eastern Europe, where it was made and where it's set.
There mermaids have remained sinister, closely related to the Russian rusalka, the spirit of a murdered girl who lurks in lonely waters
waiting to drown men who pass by. In this film they are also connected
with the Greek sirens, legendary creatures who lured sailors to their
deaths with their beautiful song, feasting on the bodies as ships
smashed against rocky islands.
There is an attractive self-awareness about NYMPH, a knowing kitsch
which, I assume, informed that choice of Nipplepeople. It’s a trait that
appears most prominently in the film’s dialogue. When the American pair
first meet Boban on a boat, they chat before he shows them a
trident-like spear. ‘Sorry, I need to catch my lunch,’ he states before
hurling himself into the blue ocean. A Roger Moore of the Adriatic Sea.
Similarly, the number of times one of the posse tells the others to ‘go
this way’ in the myriad chase sequences is another idiosyncratic verbal
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Nymph was shot in HD and comes to Blu-ray from Splendid in Europe. The 1080P image show impressive detail in close-ups and wonderful waterfront scenery (Montenegro?). It's a shade clunky in-motion but no noise or artifacts. This single-layered Blu-ray is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and seems a solid replication of the original HD-shot production as far as we can tell.
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Splendid offer an uncompressed DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at 2071 kbps (16-bit) - both in English or a German DUB - with a few instances of notable depth in creature growls (and siren songs) as well as a few underwater sequences. The score is by Nikola Jeremic plus some modern, pop, tunes (dance music) and Dark Sea Adventure performed by Omny Style. The music doesn't advance the film much and, frankly, can seem inappropriate at times. There are optional German and Dutch subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Nothing on the film - just 8, mostly horror-related, trailers.
August 3rd, 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.
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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