Animal Factory [Blu-ray]
(Steve Buscemi, 2000)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Phoenician Entertainment
Video: Arrow Video
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 28,906,375,912 bytes
Feature Size: 24,459,958,272 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.81 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: November 28th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
•Interview with critic Barry Forshaw covering Eddie Bunker's varied career (20:50)
• Audio commentary by novelist/co-writer/actor Eddie Bunker and co-producer/actor Danny Trejo
• Theatrical trailer (1:13)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Glenn Kenny.
Description: Troubled youth Ron Decker (Edward Furlong,
American History X) is sentenced to a ten-year stint
in the notorious San Quentin State Prison for a drug-dealing
conviction. Inexperienced in the ways of prison life, he s
taken under the wing of Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe,
To Live and Die in LA), an experienced con with the
entire prison in the palm of his hand inmates and guards
alike. But as Ron grows increasingly cocky in his privileged
role as Earl's confidant, is he in danger of biting off more
than he can chew with some of the jail's more volatile
Based on the hardboiled novel by Edward Bunker - a real life villain
turned writer/actor who Buscemi met shooting "Reservoir
- it stars Edward Furlong as fresh-faced dope dealer Ron, who's banged
up for a ten year stretch in a ferocious state penitentiary.
Edward Furlong plays Ron Decker, a 21-year-old kid from a comfortable
background, who receives an excessively harsh sentence for minor drug
trafficking and finds himself in prison – the ‘Animal Factory’ of the
title. Realising his good looks could be something of a liability, he
soon ingratiates himself with prison fixer Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe) and
finds himself taken under his wing as Copen becomes his mentor and
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same transfer, extras etc. in both Europe and North America.
NOTE: As Michael Brooke informs us on Facebook in regards toDay of Anger: 'As the producer of Arrow's release, I can confirm first hand that the UK and US discs are absolutely identical: we only paid for one master, so there's no doubt about this at all! Which means that no matter which package you buy, the discs will play in any Region A or B setup (or Region 1 or 2 for DVD - and in the latter case the video standard is NTSC, to maximise compatibility). The booklets are also identical, but there are minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.' Animal Factory is the same situation.
Animal Factory gets a 1080P transfer to Blu-ray from Arrow Video. It sneaks into dual-layered territory and has a supportive bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. There is an inherent softness in the image and it can look a shade waxy but I don't see this as DNR. It is in the 1.85:1 frame. It has a few frame-specific marks - and they are large enough to be noticeable. I have a feeling that despite being only 17-years old - that the source has been partially compromised. This Blu-ray is still very watchable and consistent just not reaching the heights of the format's presentation capabilities.
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Arrow use a linear PCM stereo track at 2304 kbps (24-bit.) There are aggressive instances and a score by John Lurie (the Jarmusch films Down By Law, Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery Train). Some may recognize Harry Dean Stanton singing I Hope I Never Get Too Old (To Rock N' Roll) and Jake La Botz's This Ain't the Way I Come Up (But It's the Way I'm Going Down) and Lay Down the Bottle. It all sounds clean but fairly unremarkable. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
December 7th, 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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