Jindabyne (2006)

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Released 28-Nov-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-The Process
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 118:47 (Case: 123)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (78:30) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ray Lawrence
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Laura Linney
Gabriel Byrne
Chris Haywood
Deborra-Lee Furness
John Howard
Leah Purcell
Eva Lazzaro
Sean Rees-Wemyss
Alice Garner
Simon Stone
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $32.95 Music Paul Kelly
Dan Luscombe


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Ray Lawrence has now extended his directorial career to three features over 20 years, starting with Bliss in 1985, following that with the excellent Lantana in 2001 and now adding Jindabyne to his resume. All three are high quality and critically respected films. There are certainly a lot of excellent elements to this new film, however to my mind it is not up to the extremely high standard set by Lantana which would be hard for anyone to follow. I cannot specifically point to many things which could be held up in evidence of this view, however I felt the story was not as compelling in this film and I was a little disappointed by the ending.

    The plot here is based upon a short story, 'So Much Water, So Close to Home' by Raymond Carver, an American writer. According to interviews on the disc, Ray Lawrence became aware of the story through the Paul Kelly song 'Everything's Turning to White', which was a hit for him and is also based on that story. The song was certainly my first introduction to this story. Lawrence contacted Paul Kelly to ask him about the source of the story which lead him to the short story by Carver. It was then adapted for this film (and transplanted to Jindabyne as a location) by Beatrix Christian .

    This plot concerns the story of four men who live in the New South Wales country town on Jindabyne, which is located near the skiing areas. The men decide to go on a fishing trip for a weekend, up in the wilderness where they must hike a considerable distance to reach their preferred fishing spot. Shortly after arriving, one of the men finds the dead body of a young aboriginal girl floating in the river. It is obvious she has been murdered. As they have just arrived and one of the party has injured his ankle they decide to stay and continue fishing rather than hike back and report the body immediately. This decision has wide-reaching impacts on the men, their friendship, families and the broader community. The main characters are

    Other important supporting roles include Max Cullen as Terry, who is Claire's boss at the local chemist, Chris Haywood as G.W. Park, a local electrician, and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell as the local priest.

    The acting is universally excellent which is added to by the haunting atmosphere, beautiful scenery and visuals and the wonderful score by Paul Kelly and Dan Luscombe. As is usual for this director, natural lighting is used throughout. The story is told in a very subtle but powerful way. It is hard to discuss this any further without spoiling the surprises that are included in the film.

    Overall, this is a very good example of Australian filmmaking which is unfortunate enough to have to follow the director's previous masterpiece, Lantana which invites the inevitable comparisons. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is quite good but not spectacular.

    The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced, which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was reasonably sharp and clear but could not be referred to as crisp. There was no evidence of low level noise. Sharpness was affected by some light grain throughout, which was heavier in some parts, such as at 2:00. The natural lighting resulted in shadow detail being fine but not spectacular.

    The colour was excellent, well representing the beautiful but somewhat bleak scenery around Jindabyne outside of the snowy season.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired, which are well placed to make use of the gap between 2.35:1 and 1.78:1. Accordingly they rarely impact on the picture itself. They are also positioned towards the person speaking on screen.

    The layer change occurs at 78:30 and was not noticeable during playback.
    

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
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Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    The audio quality is very good but hardly a home cinema show-off title. Obviously, this has more to do with the nature of the film than the quality of the transfer.

    This DVD contains two audio options; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was mostly clear and easy to understand, however some lines of dialogue were a little indistinct. There was no problem with audio sync.

    The score of this movie by Paul Kelly and Dan Luscombe is excellent, adding significantly to the haunting feel of the film. The actual Paul Kelly song which inspired the film is not used in it's original guise.

    The surround speakers were used for atmosphere and immersion rather than specific effects, although there were occasional, mild uses such as static.

     The subwoofer was used sparingly to add bass to the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

   

Menu

    The menu included an intro and music which makes it an atmospheric beginning to the film experience.

Jindabyne - The Process (30:18)

    A making of featurette which is well done and worthy of your time. Interviews are included with the cast & crew, along with Paul Kelly. It covers topics such as read-throughs and rehearsals, shooting, development, locations, lighting choices, editing, indigenous involvement and the music. One section made me squirm as they described how they got the fish to do what they wanted.

Deleted Scenes

    Three scenes are included, one of which is definitely worth a look. These are presented with 16x9 enhancement.

Trailer (2:02)

    A high quality, atmospheric trailer.

R4 vs R1

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

     I cannot find any evidence that this disc is available outside of Region 4 .

Summary

    A high quality local drama from director Ray Lawrence starring an international cast.

    The video quality is quite good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    A small selection of quality extras are included.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Audio
Extras
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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Review Equipment
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DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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Comments (Add)
OK film, although 15 minutes too long - Eddie