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(aka "The Eighth Day" or "Gattaca - La porta dell'universo")

directed by Andrew Niccol
USA 1997

 

Andrew Niccol was working as a commercials director in London when he wrote the script for Gattaca and was subsequently invited to direct. He later achieved critical acclaim for his work on The Truman Show but Gattaca entirely failed to meet with box-office success. This is a shame because it is probably the most intelligent and insightful science fiction film made in the 1990s. Like all the best serious science fiction it is really a study of the social consequences of a particular technological development, in this case instant automated DNA analysis. Since it appears that technology is developing very much along the lines predicted here, do not be surprised if this prophetic film achieves cult status in years to come. In the meanwhile, enjoy it for the languorous pace, the fine acting, the beautiful cinematography and the timeless 1950s look.

Conrad McDonnel

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Confidently conceived and brilliantly executed, Gattaca had a somewhat low profile release in 1997, but audiences and critics hailed the film's originality. It's since been recognized as one of the most intelligent science fiction films of the 1990s. Writer-director Andrew Niccol, the talented New Zealander who also wrote the acclaimed Jim Carrey vehicle The Truman Show, depicts a near-future society in which one's personal and professional destiny is determined by one's genes. In this society, "Valids" (genetically engineered) qualify for positions at prestigious corporations, such as Gattaca, which grooms its most qualified employees for space exploration. "In-Valids" (naturally born), such as the film's protagonist, Vincent (Ethan Hawke), are deemed genetically flawed and subsequently fated to low-level occupations in a genetically caste society. With the help of a disabled "Valid" (Jude Law), Vincent subverts his society's social and biological barriers to pursue his dream of space travel; any random mistake--and an ongoing murder investigation at Gattaca--could reveal his plot. Part thriller, part futuristic drama and cautionary tale, Gattaca establishes its social structure so convincingly that the entire scenario is chillingly believable. With Uma Thurman as the woman who loves Vincent and identifies with his struggle, Gattaca is both stylish and smart, while Jude Law's performance lends the film a note of tragic and heartfelt humanity.

Excerpt from Jeff Shannon's review at Amazon HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: September 7th, 1997 (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Distribution Sony - Region FREE - 4K UHD
Runtime 1:46:27.381        
Video

2.40:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 57,355,290,440 bytes

Feature: 55,732,933,027 bytes
Video Bitrate: 56.49 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

Audio

Dolby Atmos 7.1 Audio English (Dolby TrueHD compatible)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz  / 24-bit)

DUBs: Dolby 5.1 French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Subtitles English, English (SDH), Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, None
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2.40:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 57,355,290,440 bytes

Feature: 55,732,933,027 bytes
Video Bitrate: 56.49 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

 

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ON THE 4K Ultra HD

Trailer

On included Blu-ray:

Hi-def trailers for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a Blu-ray Disc promo; The Company and others.
Substance Test Outtake (0:30)
Featurette: 'Original Featurette' (6:52)
Featurette: Welcome to Gattaca (22:00)
Featurette: Do Not Alter? (14:52)
Six Deleted Scenes (10:53)

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4K Ultra HD Release Date: March 23rd, 2021
Steelbook 4K Ultra HD Case (see below)

Chapters: 16

 

 

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

Firstly, while this is a review of the 4K UHD package of Andrew Niccol's Gattaca we do not have the ability, presently, to take (3840 X 2160) screen captures of this particular 4K UHD. But we do have some things to say and wanted to get this review out as the is released this week. If/when we can obtain 4K UHD screen captures - we will add them.

ADDITION: Sony 4K UHD (March 2021): Sony have transferred Andrew Niccol's Gattaca to 4K UHD. It includes the same Blu-ray that was produced in late 2007 - early 2008 - see the M2TS files:

It is the exact same disc, same extras etc.

Our initial reviews of the Blu-ray, almost 14 years ago, was that it was fairly modest, but looking now - certainly comparing them to the stellar 4K UHD image - you can see the 1080P is fairly brittle with minor edge enhancement. We had compared the Blu-ray to 4 DVDs, but the improvement was less demonstrative than the 4K UHD superiority is over the weaker Blu-ray.

The 4K UHD fills over 55Gig of space and has over double the bitrate of the Blu-ray. But the bigger issue is that the prevalent, if minor, digitization form the BD is not present on the glorious new 4K UHD that show a wonderful consistent grain texture. The 4K UHD HDR application is restrained in that colors don't get overly vibrant, but the film's majestic art direction shines in the 2160 presentation. Greens have some subtle prominence. Bottom line; in terms of video, this is a huge improvement over the Blu-ray. The impressive looking film reaches a significantly superior presentation in 4K UHD avoiding the digitization of the Blu-ray.  

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If you are fortunate enough to have a setup that allows for Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Sony's 4K UHD track handles the effects with ease exporting some appealing separations. The beautiful Gattaca score is by Michael Nyman (Man with a Movie Camera, The Piano, Keep It Up Downstairs, Peter Greenaway's A Zed & Two Noughts etc.) There is a nice balance with the calm, noble score and the infrequent aggressive scenes and underlying class conflict between those born with the right genes and de-gene-erates. The audio is impressive. There are a few optional foreign language DUBs and subtitle (often not directly translated ?!?!) options including English and English (SDH) and as with all 4K UHD discs, this Sony package is Region 'Free' (Blu-ray too!) playable worldwide. 

 

NOTE: For Atmos many non-compliant systems will recognizes it as TrueHD 7.1, but from Wikipedia: "Because of limited bandwidth and lack of processing power, Atmos in home theaters is not a real-time mix rendered the same way as in cinemas. The substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. This substream only represents a losslessly encoded fully object-based mix. This substream does not include all 128 objects separated. This is not a matrix-encoded channel, but a spatially-encoded digital channel. Atmos in home theaters can support 24.1.10 channel, but it is not an object-based real-time rendering. Filmmakers need to remix and render the TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks with Dolby Media Producer."

The Sony 4K UHD has only a trailer but the included 2008 Blu-ray offers a short, humorous Substance Test Outtake and three featurettes. The first, simply entitled 'Original Featurette' runs for about 6 minutes and is pretty standard stuff. The next two go into more detail about production. Welcome to Gattaca is about 20 minutes long and Do Not Alter? is about 1/4 hour. Both touch on the science-fiction-factual component of Gattaca. Finally there are 6, very poor quality, deleted scenes (about 10 minutes worth). No commentary but a reasonable batch of original supplements - nothing new. I'd have loved a director commentary.

I used to rank Andrew Niccol's Gattaca as a guilty pleasure but I have come to the conclusion that I don't have anything to be guilty about. This is an intelligent, exceptionally well-realized debut feature from a talented director/writer. The precise 'look' of the film carries so much via the sterile atmosphere and intentionally stilted performances. Behind Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman are a 'who's who' of support with Gore Vidal, Elias Koteas, Maya Rudolph, Blair Underwood, Ernest Borgnine, Tony Shalhoub, and Alan Arkin. Built-in to Gattaca is a less focused murder mystery that adds yet another layer. I sometimes sell discs to survive but this 4K UHD is a keeper. I have already watched it four times this past weekend. The film and greatly improved a/v of the 4K UHD get our highest recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 

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