The Infinite Man (2014)

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Released 16-Jan-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Madman Propaganda x 4
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 81:06
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Hugh Sullivan
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Josh McConville
Hannah Marshall
Alex Dimitriades

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RPI ? Music Zoe Barry
Jed Palmer


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"This canít be good"

†††† Dean (Josh McConville) is a nerd, a control freak and an inventor, in love with his girlfriend Lana (Hannah Marshall). For their anniversary Dean has planned everything down to the last infinite detail, replicating everything they did in the same hotel where they celebrated their last anniversary. Unfortunately, when they arrive they find that the hotel is closed down and deserted. Even worse, Lanaís old boyfriend Terry (Alex Dimitriades) turns up and after a fight Lana departs with Terry, leaving Dean behind. But Dean has a plan. He has invented a time machine which will allow Dean and Lana to return to the past and redo their arrival at the hotel with different consequences.

†††† There is a catch however. By repeating the past Dean creates a time loop in which there is now at least two Deans and two Lanas and as the couples accidentally switch and interact Dean ends up competing for Lana with his own future self. And when multiple Terrys also appear, things get really complicated!

†††† The Infinite Man is a complex idea developed in a funny and intriguing way by writer / director / editor Hugh Sullivan, whose first feature this is. Sullivan has previously written / directed four short films, and initially The Infinite Man feels like short film material, but as the multiple time loops repeat and repeat we see scenes where not only is the perspective different we also gain additional information we did not know previously, such as the other side of a telephone conversation or a dimly heard comment, that completely changes what we thought had happened. And then the scene can be repeated, and totally change again!

†††† As well as the script, The Infinite Man is propelled by some funny dialogue and good natural performances by the only three cast members. Filmed mainly at Woomera in South Australia, The Infinite Man looks great and is inventive, clever filmmaking that held my interest, and attention, throughout the 80 minute running time.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† The Infinite Man is presented in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

†††† The Infinite Man was mostly shot in the desert at Woomera in South Australia. As a result the colour scheme is predominately brown and yellow and the brightness level has been enhanced. The result is a film with a lot of glare and a loss of detail in the wider scenes, although close up detail is fine. Blacks are OK, although shadow detail is lost at times.

†††† There was occasional slight ghosting against vertical railings but otherwise artefacts and marks are absent.

††††There are no subtitles available.

†††† The layer change was not noticeable.

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Audio

†††† Audio is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448 Kbps.

†††† This is a low key audio track suiting a film that is mostly dialogue which thankfully is clear and easy to hear. The surrounds and rears are used mostly for the score and the sub-woofer seldom heard except for adding some depth to the music.

†††† The score credited to Zoe Barry and Jed Palmer added nicely to the film and was supported by some Franz Liszt.

†††† Lip synchronisation fine.

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Extras

Theatrical Trailer (1:58)

Madman Propaganda

†††† Trailers for Adult World (2:06), Frank (2:01), The Wedding Party (2:27) and What We Do in the Shadows (2:36).

R4 vs R1

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

†††† Our Region 4 release of The Infinite Man is the only version currently available.

Summary

†††† The Infinite Man is an unexpected pleasure. It is a funny and clever film in which the time loop premise is nicely developed, the location looks great and the acting natural. An Australian film that is definitely worth seeking out.

†††† The video and audio is fine. Trailers are the only extras.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Monday, March 23, 2015
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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