Dream In Another Language
(2017/MVD Visual DVD)/The
(2018/Warner Blu-ray Set)/1/1
(2018/Gravitas Ventures Blu-ray)/Tideland
Tree Of Life
(2011/Fox/Criterion Blu-ray Set)
B-/B/B/B+/B+ Sound: B-/B/B/B/B+ Extras: D/B+/C/B/B Main
new releases (usually dramas) deal with real world subjects, but also
come from places other worldly than you might expect...
start with a documentary. I
Dream In Another Language
an interesting film about a lost language known as Zikril. The only
two men who speak it are now elderly and haven't spoken to one
another in fifty years thanks to a boyish feud over the love of a
woman. It's up to a linguist who arrives in the jungle settlement
where they live, to bring the two men together and preserve his lost
film won several awards at Sundance and other prestigious film
festivals so its original and challenging narrative and stars
Fernando Alvarez Rebeil, Elgio Melendez, Fatima Molina, Jose Manuel
Poncelis, and Juan Pablo de Santiago to name a few.
film is presented in
anamorphically enhanced standard
definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and has both a
5.1 surround mix and a 2.0 stereo mix depending on your home video
setup preference, both in lossy Dolby Digital. The presentation is
standard and compressed (as is usual with the format) and would
certainly look better in HD, especially since this film is nicely
shot and lit.
is a slightly fictionalized version of a major, if controversial,
(2018) drama take place before 9/11 to the years that lead up the
rise of Osama bin Laden and fall of the towers. Between the FBI and
CIA how did they fail to see them coming? As various government
agencies protect America from the War on Terror they fight not only
terrorist but rival agencies and their conflicting agendas.
a day most Americans will never forget, but what led up to it? Will
American remember how it happened much less why? Why with all the
vast information, technologies and military did America fail to stop
al-Qaeda? Chief FBI John O'Neil and his agents work tirelessly to
find and prevent terrorist from attacking America, but they have to
butt heads with CIA Schmidt and Alex branch for not giving them
information they needed. It started out when the CIA withheld
information from the FBI in order force the White House Joint Chiefs
to use military force in the Middle East, but after 9/11, does CIA
Schmidt and crew realize their cost of withholding information and
must lie their asses off during the 9/11 trials?
mini series is more about who is to blame on 9/11 and that 9/11 could
have been prevented if not for incompetency of certain agencies and
people who care more about power than saving lives. Jeff Daniels
leads a solid cast.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is a very
consistent shoot with a few demo moments, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on all episodes sounds fine
with a consistent soundfield throughout. That makes the combination
Tower: Divided We Fall, Complexities of Character, Ali Soufan: In His
Own Words, Across Three Continents: Creating The Looming Towers
and audio commentaries on select episodes.
limited series' episodes include...
- FBI counterterrorism John O'Neill recruits Muslim American Ali
Soufan to investigate al-Qaeda. CIA agent Schmidt is determined to
not share their intel with the FBI.
- FBI investigates the bombing of a Kenya and Tanzania embassy.
- FBI tracks down the surviving terrorist. The CIA continues to
manipulate the White House into retaliating.
- Schmidt continues to withhold information from the FBI, goes above
his boss' head and is fired, but he manages to continues to
manipulate the CIA through his former second, Diane Marsh.
- Both FBI and CIA are on high alert with the new year celebration.
The CIA continues to withhold information from the FBI.
- The CIA threatens the FBI agents working with to not reveal any of
their information to O'Neill or be arrested for treason. O'Neill
loses his briefcase with classified materials. The U.S.S. Cole is
- O'Neill and Soufan investigates the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole,
unaware that CIA has known for months who planned the attack.
Very Special Relationship
- George W. Bush becomes President. O'Neill is forced to resign.
Agents lose track of al-Qaeda terrorists in the United States.
- CIA realize that their withholding of information has allowed
terrorists inside United States, and Diane tries buries the files
instead of taking responsibility. O'Neill accepts a job as Head of
security of the World Trade Center.
- September 11 occurs and everyone reacts personally to it. No one
is able to get in contact with O'Neill. Soufan is finally given the
information he requested months ago and realizes if they had been
given the information, John O'Neill would still be alive. Diane like
her mentor Schmitt continues to lie to the 9/11 Commission. Schmidt
gets reinstated (not by choice).
and surreal, 1/1
(2018) attempts to put you in the mind of a disturbed young woman
(Lindsey Shaw) who is tackling a wides variety of issues. Everything
from sex, drugs, and a pregnancy all whilst trapped in the rural
suburbs of Western Pennsylvania. While the filmmaking, editing, and
cinematography are interesting there really isn't anything here that
we haven't seen a million times before in other art films of this
film stars Judd Nelson, Dendrie Taylor, and Danna Maret to name a
is presented in 1080p Blu-ray with a 1.89:1 (original ratio - 1.85:1)
and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix, both of which are
the norm and looks fine for Blu-ray disc. There's fine detail here
and a lot of care has been taken in making sure the film looks great
Liars Track with Outtake Photos
to Film Comparison
is interesting if you like art house films or are oddly entertained
by female angst.
has always been one of my favorite filmmakers and it's nice to see
some of this lesser known titles, such as Tideland
(2006) get a beautiful update in HD domestically finally after years
and quite interesting in its approach, Tideland
tells the story of a little girl named Jeliza-Rose, who lives in her
own fantasy world. No thanks to her low-life junkie parents, (played
exquisitely by Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Tilly). One day, her Mother
dies of a drug overdose, and her father takes her on a hair brained
journey to a house in the middle of nowhere. Of course, he doesn't
live long either and soon Jeliza-Rose is left to her own inhibitions.
only available in standard definition domestically, Tideland
gets upgraded to 1080p high definition with a 2.39:1 widescreen
aspect ratio (not the same as the controversial one for the original
DVD release; see link below) and an original 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) lossless mix, both of which are well utilized for a fantasy
film of this caliber. The film hasn't aged much and has plenty of
detail in its eye popping cinematography to absorb. As always, Arrow
has done a fine job in taking care and upgrading the presentation in
by writer-director Terry Gilliam and co-writer Tony Grisoni
by director Terry Gilliam
a 45-minute documentary on the making of Tideland by Vincenzo Natali
Making of Tideland
Green Screen featurette with commentary by Gilliam
with Terry Gilliam, producer Jeremy Thomas and actors Jeff Bridges,
Jodelle Ferland and Jennifer Tilly
scenes with commentary by Gilliam
sleeve featuring two choices of original artwork
First pressing only: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new
writing on the film by Neil Mitchell
is a weird, sad film that certainly isn't for everybody, but when you
take a step back and absorb it, there really is a lot here.
Definitely worth checking out if you're a Terry Gilliam fan and for
more on the film, try our review of the original DVD release, dealing
with child-like versus childish...
we have a remarkable, upgraded edition of Terrence Malick's The
Tree Of Life
(2011) that we reviewed on Blu-ray when it first hit home video
then, two things happened with the moderate hit, Malick tried to do
more films in its mode, but with mixed results, and it became one of
the most imitated films in style and editing in independent features,
music videos and even TV commercials. Of course, some of its style
is not totally original and may recall previous Malick works and even
the likes of Kubrick or even Bergman, but no doubt it is a major work
and you can see
why Fox would want to see it become another Criterion Blu-ray release
get two cuts here, one being much longer and a nice alternative that
offer more exposition on what we had seen in the first place. I do
not like one more than the other, but if you are in the mood, the
longer one does seem more complete, though you had better have the
patience for it.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image has been taken from the
final 35mm negative (and high quality backup materials filled in some
of the scenes for the longer extended version that runs 50 minutes
longer) and this new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved
by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki,
A.S.C., offering amazing, superior color grading that will impress
nearly anyone. Now note the film was shot in several formats
including 70mm IMAX photochemical larger frame format (and NOT
digital IMAX) so that means any of that footage is from reduction
material in the final 35mm negative. That works out fine and is
otherwise reserved for actual 70mm or 70mm IMAX prints of the film.
The result is that this is also much sharper, clearer and deeper than
the older Blu-ray, which now shows its age.
5.1 surround DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless soundtrack is also an
improvement over the already impressive mix from the older Blu-ray,
with more warmth and articulation, but yet, that was not enough to
give it a higher letter grade, but it is better. The combination
makes this much more of an experience as was the case with
Criterion's Blu-ray of Malick's The
also reviewed elsewhere on this site.
extras include a new extended version of the film featuring an
additional fifty minutes of footage, repeats the Exploring
"The Tree of Life"
2011 documentary featuring collaborators and admirers of Malick's,
including filmmakers David Fincher and Christopher Nolan, then adds
new interviews with actor Jessica Chastain and visual-effects
supervisor Dan Glass, an Interview from 2011 with composer Alexandre
Desplat about the film, and a new interview with music critic Alex
Ross about Malick's approach to music, Video essay from 2011 by
critic Matt Zoller Seitz and a Theatrical Trailer. The booklet
includes tech info, illustrations, photos, an essay by critic Kent
Jones and a 2011 piece on the film by critic Roger Ebert and
Conversation from 2011 between Lubezki and American Society of
Cinematographers president Stephen Lighthill.
Nicholas Sheffo (Tree),
Ricky Chiang (Tower)