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Directed by Peter Strickland
UK 2018

 

The latest from the unique imagination of Peter Strickland, IN FABRIC is a typically distinctive and haunting tale that blends Giallo-infused horror with absurdist dark humour, to ghostly effect. Set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period at a mysterious Thames Valley department store, the film follows the journey of a cursed but strikingly beautiful blood-red dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences. Strickland’s follow-up to the acclaimed THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY and BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO also stars Hayley Squires, Gwendoline Christie, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram and regular collaborator Fatma Mohamed, and features an unforgettable score by Cavern of Anti-Matter.

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Various owners of a cursed dress pass it from person to person as it destroys their lives. A haunting film by acclaimed director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga; Berberian Sound Studio; The Duke of Burgundy). Starring Gwendoline Christie and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

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Theatrical Release: September 13th, 2018 (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Review: Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:58:41.041        
Video

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,899,083,501 bytes

Feature: 34,968,238,080 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3262 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3262 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Descriptive Audio:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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Curzon Artificial Eye

 

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,899,083,501 bytes

Feature: 34,968,238,080 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary by director Peter Strickland
10 Deleted Scenes (11:54)
Select Stills (16:43)
Trailer (1:54)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 4th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Curzon Artificial Eye Blu-ray (September 2019): Curzon Artificial Eye have transferred Peter Strickland's new 'cursed-dress' horror In Fabric to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. In Fabric is gorgeous genre-based eye-candy (think Argento-esque). Colors (the red of the dress, 70's funky greens etc.) are rich and deep in 1080P and the 2.39 widescreen presentation is a very positive one looking very crisp with tight lines, depth and some inventive camera angles of the cinematography by Ari Wegner (The Kettering Incident.)

On their Blu-ray, Curzon Artificial Eye offer the option of DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track or a linear PCM stereo track (both 24-bit) in the original English language. It sounds great (details of how sounds were achieved are discussed in the commentary) plus a score credited to the Berlin-based trio 'Cavern Of Anti-Matter', with experimental electronics occasionally utilized. There is also an 'Audio Descriptive' track available. Curzon Artificial Eye offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Curzon Artificial Eye Blu-ray has a commentary by director/writer Peter Strickland. He talks about the film being about the city of Reading, Berkshire (despite being shot in Croydon, and West Wickham), where he was born, the scary mannequins and 'money shots' used in the opening credits. He is engaging and forthright about his challenges, intentions, budget constraints and what the film achieved, the impressive art direction, the film's sound, his own undiagnosed ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and what influenced him in writing it. He is excellent to listen to also being humorous (at times hard to tell when he is deadpan joking - ex. 'Fatma Mohamed doing theatre in Transylvania' - which she apparently does!) There are also 10 interesting deleted scenes running over a dozen minutes, a slideshows of select stills and a trailer.  

One of most inventive and creepy modern horrors I've seen in a long while. The infusion of occasional humor suits it so well and doesn't take away from the haunting qualities at all. To call it Lynchian may be very accurate - Giallo-esque too. It definitely has a free-form quality that this reviewer loved. In Fabric has Strickland's assuredness - all while professing anarchy. It's a film I am very happy to have seen on Blu-ray. The commentary adds further value and it's a film, like all his works, that I relish revisiting. Strongly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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