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(aka "Adoption")

 

Directed by Márta Mészáros
Hungary 1975

 

Marta Meszaros is without doubt one of the most significant female directors from Central Europe, with the majority of her outspoken work dealing frankly with issues of gender, politics and society. Adoption, one of her best-known works, is a story about the hushed rebellion of two strong women, one in her forties and one in her teens. 43-year-old Kata longs to have a child of her own. Rejected by her married lover, Kata looks into adoption, and befriends orphaned teenager Anna, herself determined to start a new life for herself. Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, Marta Meszaros became the first woman filmmaker ever to receive the award.

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Single factory worker Kata, 43, wants to have a child with her long-time secret lover, a married man called Joska. He doesn't like the idea. Kata befriends teenage schoolgirl Anna, abandoned by her parents at the age of six. Anna runs away from the local children's home and moves in with Kata so that she can keep on seeing her boyfriend Sanyi. Kata goes to see Anna's parents and persuades them to give the young lovers their permission to marry. Through Anna, Kata becomes interested in neglected children and decides to adopt a baby from the children's home.

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Theatrical Release: July 7th, 1975 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Distribution Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:35.875        
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,507,527,010 bytes

Feature: 20,513,808,384 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio Hungarian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,507,527,010 bytes

Feature: 20,513,808,384 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

2121 Introduction by Marta Meszaros (4:06)
A Conversation with Marta Meszaros (2009): an archival filmed interview with the director (19:34)
Trailer (1:52)
Booklet with new writing on the film by Carmen Gray


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 12th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Second Run Blu-ray (July 2021): Second Run have transferred Márta Mészáros' Adoption to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "presented from an HD transfer of the new restoration by the Hungarian National Digital Archive and Film Institute." It is on a single-layered disc with a high bitrate. The 1080P exports a pleasing smoky gray "sfumato"-like monochrome appearance with unique angled cinematography by Lajos Koltai and director Mészáros. I loved the heavy film-like appearance that has texture and adept contrast layering. The overall image quality is very rich and tactile. There little depth, gloss nor waxiness. It looked impressive in-motion on my system with a few (not many) instances of speckles or frame-specific marks. There are frequent, intimate, close-ups that are supported well by the HD presentation.

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On their Blu-ray, Second Run use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original Hungarian language. There are no demonstrative effects and the dialogue is clean and consistent with a score by György Kovács (his first feature - later to work in the sound department for Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies), and it gently supports Adoption adding to the story. Second Run offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Second Run Blu-ray offers a new 4-minute introduction by director / writer Marta Meszaros plus a 20-minute conversation with her from 2009 in India where she gives her view of film and her style. Lastly, is a trailer and the package has a 16-page liner notes booklet with new writing on the film by Carmen Gray.

Fabulous job by Second Run to bring Márta Mészáros' Adoption to Blu-ray adding to their catalogue of desirable East European film transfers to region FREE 1080P disc. The character-centric film is driven by themes of loneliness, sexual identity, strength via a thought-provoking feminist resilient bonding. It is through a lens of dour 70s Hungarian economic hardship. I really enjoyed it. Adoption won a number of awards including the Golden Berlin Bear for Mészáros. Absolutely recommended! 

Gary Tooze

 


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