Meat (Vlees) (2010)

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Released 13-Dec-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Erotic Drama Trailer-over 30 trailers
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 83:19 (Case: 85)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Victor Nieuwenhuijs
Maartje Seyferth
Studio
Distributor
Accent Film Entertainment Starring Titus Muizelaar
Nellie Benner
Hugo Metsers
Elvira Out
Kitty Courbois
Gürkan Küçüksentürk
Jasper van Beusekom
Ali Sultan
Frans Bakker
Eric van Wijk
Taco Schenkhuizen
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI ? Music Willem Cramer


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Meat is a film where images are far more important than a linear plot. It is a film with minimalist dialogue and long, static takes, the camera lingering on the actors and their inner thoughts. For what it is worth, Meat is about a butcher (Titus Muizelaar), his young part-time female assistant Roxy (Nellie Benner), another woman (Wilma Bakker) and a Police Inspector (also Titus Muizelaar). The film commences with intercut scenes, some of which are repeated later, and slowly evolves into a study of sex, lust, obsession, identity, murder, and meat.

     Meat (original title Vlees) is a film for those who like and appreciate European “art-house” cinema, where little is obvious and little explained, but it will certainly alienate others with its ambiguity, high impact sex scenes, sexual violence and graphic scenes of meat carcasses being butchered. This is not a film to watch whilst having a steak for dinner. At times the film is indeed too oblique for its own good, lost in the images, and some sequences of Roxy and her video camera feel tacked on, but on the whole directors Victor Nieuwenhuijs (who was also cinematographer) and Maatje Seyferth (who also co-wrote the script) have fashioned an intense, confusing, dreamlike film replete with good performances and some stunning visual images; the last image in the film of Nellie Benner naked upon the butcher shop counter is simplicity itself but is intensely beautiful, more so because we know just what she is looking at.

     Meat is an intense, mesmerising, low budget art film that will certainly alienate audiences with its subject matter and visuals. I found it to be very different, and very compelling. If you enjoy off centre European cinema, Meat is well worth looking out for.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Meat is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. I suspect the original ratio was 1.85:1, but certainly the image does not appear cropped.

     Meat is a low budget film that is exceedingly grainy. This results in a fair degree of softness and lack of detail, although close-ups of Titus Muizelaar’s grizzled face and the meat cuts are sharper. Shadow detail can be indistinct, although blacks are not too bad. The film also looks to be quite bright, making the colours dull and unnatural, and the skin tones very light.

     As well as the grain, there was the occasional aliasing on vertical surfaces such as bars (23:38) and some minor ghosting with motion. There was also a couple of fleeting white specks.

     The layer change (64:19) resulted in a slight pause.

     English subtitles are in a white font and are timely and easy to read. Other than “layed” for “laid” (13:56) I did not notice any spelling or grammatical errors.

     I have read a review of Meat when the film was shown at a film festival. The reviewer comments upon the grain and look of the film; as such it seems that the DVD is an accurate rendering of the film.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

     Audio is a Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 track at 448 Kbps, surround encoded.

     Despite the audio being 2.0, the sound design for Meat is excellent. Dialogue was clear and the surrounds produced a constant hum of ambient sound, such as the freezer motors in the butcher shop, that was surprisingly enveloping. The original music by Willem Cramer was also prominent, sometimes also used as part of the hum of the sound design. The score, indeed, was a character within the film; it was diverse and varied, including organ music, medieval sounding instruments, many things in between and ended with a pop song. It was intended to be noticed, and succeeded. I did not notice anything directed to the subwoofer.

     Lip synchronisation is fine.

     A very good audio track, supporting the film’s visuals.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Trailers

     On start-up there were trailers for Wake Up and Die, Devil Seed, Q, Little Deaths and Red White & Blue that collectively run 10:13. A total of 30 trailers of Accent Film Entertainment releases can be selected from the menu - some, but not all, of the start-up trailers are repeated- and we do get a trailer for Meat included. There is a “play all” option.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     There does not appear at this time to be any other version of Meat listed on English language sales sites.

Summary

     Meat is European “art-house” cinema, an intense, mesmerising, low budget art film that will certainly alienate audiences with its subject matter and visuals. If you enjoy off centre European cinema, Meat is well worth looking out for.

     The video reflects the film’s low budget origins, the audio is very good. A raft of trailers is the only extra.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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