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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "La tierra y la sombra" or "La terre et l'ombre" or "A Terra e a Sombra")


directed by César Augusto Acevedo
Colombia/France/Netherlands/Chile/Brazil 2015


Seventeen years after abandoning his family, Alfonso (Haimer Leal) returns to the family farm to find his son Geraldo (Edison Raigosa) bedridden and dying while his ex-wife Alicia (Hilda Ruiz) and daughter-in-law Esperanza (Marleyda Soto) work in his place cutting sugar cane. Alicia wants nothing from Alfonso but to take care of Geraldo, watch her grandson Manuel (José Felipe Cárdenas) when he gets home from school, and take care of the housekeeping; however, Alfonso makes an effort to bond with his son and grandson and get the farm working again. As the burning of the cane fields gets closer to the farm and Geraldo's health worsens, Alfonso realizes that there is no future at the farm for his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. He advises them to leave but he learns from Esperanza that Geraldo refuses to leave his embittered mother who insists on staying. It is never stated exactly why Alfonso has returned (even whether he was summoned), but his return forces each member of the family to face the reality of things with emotional honesty before it is too late.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 23 July 2015 (Colombia)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:37:54

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:46)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: December 13th, 2016

Chapters 8





Strand Releasing treats this otherwise barebones disc to a high bitrate, dual-layer encode that shows off weathered faces and the rugged terrain to great effect in standard definition. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is generally front-oriented with conservative use of the surrounds for atmosphere and occasional direction effects. The optional English subtitles are free of errors. The only extras are the film's trailer and previews.

  - Eric Cotenas


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