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Cemetery Junction (2010/Sony Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B-     Film: B-



I have to admit that I have not been a fan of the work of Ricky Gervais outside of voicing animation and writing for others.  His on-camera work has ranged from good (like when he has shown up on his show The Office) to poor (Stardust, Ghost Town, The Invention Of Lying), but he has come up with a solid 1970s slice-of-life in the U.K. film called Cemetery Junction (2010) and along with Harry Brown and Pirate Radio, yet another really good British film that should have fared much better in The States (as the U.S. is known) and around the world.


Totally convincing and period-authentic, three friends from a working-class neighborhood, Bruce (Tom Hughes), Freddie (Christian Cooke) and Snork (Jack Doolan) come of age and start to look into future directions that may separate them not even aware of the oncoming decline of industry in their neighborhood.  Freddie could become a big salesman if he believes what his boss (Ralph Fiennes) says, while his friends have no idea where they might go next and have no plans on leaving soon since they think their neighborhood is fine.


The result is a character study of the people, the neighborhood and in effect prior to what happened in the Thatcher era, a character study of England itself.  I thought it worked more often than not, could have been longer and gone into other directions while it was at it and Gervais co-wrote and co-directed this film with his longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant (who both show up on camera as well) the screenplay that rings truer than most such films of late, U.K. and especially U.S., while those familiar with the U.K. version of the hit TV series Life On Mars (reviewed elsewhere on this site) will find this companion viewing in an odd way.  At 95 minutes, it delivers well and has a fine supporting cast including Matthew Goode, Julia Davis and Emily Watson.  Cemetery Junction is worth going out of your way for if you like smart filmmaking.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot in the Super 35mm film format by Remi Adefarasin (House Of Mirth, the Elizabeth films, recent Woody Allen films) and delivers fine compositions and a fine look throughout creating a feel of the time period even before any licensed music is used.  This can be a little faint and watered down, but that is by design in part having the look of faded Kodachrome film of the time, but that works because they do not overdo it.  There are also some nice shots throughout.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is also decent, but towards the front speakers and this is dialogue-based, so only expect the soundfield to be so encompassing, but it has character and Tim Atack offers an original additional score that also works.


Extras include BD Live and movieIQ interactive features and six making of featurettes exclusive to this Blu-ray release, plus two feature length audio commentary tracks, Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, featurette The Lads Look Back: The Starts Discuss Cemetery Junction and The Directors as Gervais and Merchant discuss the film in an interview.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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