Noise: Filmmakers' Edition (2007)

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Released 16-Oct-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Animation
Audio Commentary-Various Cast & Crew
Featurette-Workshop footage
Featurette-Making Of
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Interviews with ten cast & crew members
Deleted Scenes-With optional commentary
Gallery-Photo-By Matthew Saville
Gallery-Photo-By Suzy Wood
Interviews-Crew-Margaret Pomeranz interviews Matthew Saville
Interviews-Crew-Channel 31 program, Popcorn interview with Matthew Saville
Audio-Only Track-RRR interview with Matthew Saville & Trevor Blainey
Audio-Only Track-Radio National interview with Matthew Saville
Theatrical Trailer-Noise
Short Film-Europe - Directed by Brendan Cowell
Short Film-Gents - Directed by Matthew Saville
Teaser Trailer-Madman Propaganda
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 103:53 (Case: 108)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Matthew Saville

Madman Entertainment
Starring Brendan Cowell
Maia Thomas
Nicholas Bell
Luke Elliot
Katie Wall
Fiona MacLeod
Aaron Mcloughlin
Henry Nixon
Damien Richardson
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $34.95 Music Bryony Marks

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.30:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Writer/Director, Matthew Saville hails mainly from a background in television comedy. Some of his directing credits include, Skithouse, Big Bite, We Can Be Heroes and the more serious, The Secret Life Of Us. Recently Matthew also directed the controversial telemovie, The King, about the life of Australian TV legend, Graham Kennedy. It is interesting that for his first feature film, Matthew has chosen a subject that really bares no resemblance to any of the above. Noise is a well-crafted, suspenseful character study that reveals itself slowly, leaving a degree of ambiguity for an intelligent audience.

     Noise opens with the aftermath of a bloody massacre on a Melbourne suburban train. A few days before Christmas, late at night and with music blasting through her headphones, a tuned out Lavinia (Maia Thomas) boards a seemingly normal train carriage for the journey home. With the train in motion, she realises that everyone in the carriage has been brutally murdered in a mass shooting.

    Meanwhile, Police Constable Graham McGahan (Brendan Cowell) is aggravated by an unexplained case of tinnitus. After collapsing on an escalator, he is told by a doctor that he must take on light duties at work.

     Lavinia emerges from the train carriage in a daze and with no idea why she survived. With the killer at large, she has become a vital witness in the police investigation. Lavinia's fears are unexpectedly compounded when she discovers that the killer has taken the framed photo of herself that she was carrying on the train. Although the police do their best to reassure her, Lavinia is now convinced the killer will try to track her down.

    When another body is found dumped in scrub, police set up an information caravan close by and Graham is conveniently assigned to spend long, boring nights waiting for any community information.

    The narrative follows the lives of Lavinia and Graham in parallel until the two protagonists paths finally cross, setting in motion the films powerful conclusion.

    Noise could have easily fallen into the "CSI" style of crime genre, but Saville has been very careful to stay focused on the human issues rather than the crimes itself. The result is a film that will stay with you long after the final credits have rolled.

    Noise picked up an impressive nine nominations at the 2007 AFI Awards, winning just the one for Best Sound Design.

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Transfer Quality


    Considering that the vast majority of the film takes places in varying degrees of darkness, the video transfer is excellent.

    The film is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.30:1, which is 16x9 enhanced. The films correct aspect ratio is 2.35:1.

    The transfer exhibits outstanding levels of sharpness and clarity. Blacks were generally bold and deep, with just the occasional glimpse of grain. Shadows held an exceptional degree of detail.

    The colour palette for Noise is predominantly based in the blue spectrum. This sets the atmosphere perfectly, and helps to emphasise the nocturnal aspect of the film. Warmer colours are used sparingly in appropriate scenes. All colours appeared beautifully balanced, with no saturation issues.

    There were no MPEG artefacts evident in the transfer. Film-to-video artefacts were kept in check and didn't present with anything significant. Film artefacts were non-existent.

    English subtitles are available on the DVD. They are easily legible in bold yellow and appeared to be very accurate.

    Both discs are single sided, dual layer discs.The layer change on the first disc is perfectly placed during the film at 53:37. The layer change on the second disc occurs between extras, so there is no disruption.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio transfer is also excellent, but is marred by an irritating fault.

    There are three audio tracks available on the DVD. English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s) and English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s). The aforementioned fault relates to the Dolby 5.1 audio track, which was accidentally reversed during the authoring of the DVD. Basically, this means any directional sound that should come from the right channel for example, comes through the left channel. This tends to distort the entire sound experience and lets down the marvelous, AFI Award winning sound design. Ironically, it's the quieter scenes that bring the more obvious examples of this fault. Some of these examples include, characters talking at 19:28, 29:30 and a passing car at 38:23. Although the 5.1 audio track still has many high points, I've decided to drop two points from the overall score of the audio transfer because of this issue. Incidentally, the Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track is spot on.

    Dialogue quality and audio sync were generally very good.

    The original music score by Bryony Marks enhances the tension and maintains the atmosphere throughout the film. Without giving anything away, Matthew Saville has also uses complete silence to great effect in this film.

    Apart from the obvious problem, the surround channels have been used exceptionally well to immerse the viewer into world of the lead character and his medical condition. Some fine examples include, bar noise at 59:32 and a full-on sound assault at 54:00. The subwoofer also gets a good workout and really gives the bass elements in the sound design some prominence.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Madman has given us an abundance of quality extras spread over the two discs.


    All main menus are animated; 16x9 enhanced and feature music from the film.

Disc One Extras

    Audio Commentary - Matthew Saville (Writer/Director), Trevor Blainey (Producer), Brendan Cowell, Maia Thomas & Luke Elliot (Actors), Emma Bortignon (Sound Designer), Bryony Marks (Composer) & László Baranyai (Cinematographer)

    As you can see, the audio commentary is an all-star cast. Everyone contributes when appropriate with relevant and interesting information relating to all aspects of the production. Recommended listening.

Disc Two Extras

    The first menu you will see on the second disc has five categories, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, Bonus Films and Madman Propaganda. Selecting each of these options brings up new menus with choices relating to that topic.


Workshop: These three pieces are video taped rehearsals, recorded two years before production of the film.

  • Scene 14 - Maia Thomas & Maude Davey (1:36)
  • Scene 78 - Brendan Cowell & Luke Elliot (2:49)
  • Scene 106 - Brendan Cowell & Maia Thomas (3:38)

    Storyboards: Drawn by Matthew Saville - navigate through using DVD remote.

  • Opening Sequence
  • Closing Sequence 


    Behind-The-Scenes Featurette (40:54)

        An excellent look at the making of the film, which is divided into a series of chapters. This featurette incorporates plenty of fascinating behind-the-scenes footage, covering most of the key scenes in the film. Obviously, don't view this extra before you see the film.

    Cast & Crew Interviews

        A decent collection of interviews with key cast and crew members. These interviews appear to have been recorded during the filming of Noise.

  • Brendan Cowell - Graham (7:25) 
  • Maia Thomas - Lavinia (7:47)
  • Katie Wall - Caitlin (4:36)
  • Nicholas Bell - Birchall (7:20)
  • Henry Nixon - Craig Finlay (3:14)
  • Matthew Saville - Writer/Director (7:17)
  • Trevor Blainey - Producer (6:08)
  • Paddy Reardon - Production Designer (12:13)
  • Emma Bortignon - Sound Designer (8:16)
  • László Baranyai - Cinematographer (11:10)

    Deleted Scenes (22:42)

        These scenes are time coded and play through consecutively. An optional audio commentary is available with the films editor, Geoff Hitchins.

    Directors Image Gallery (18:20)

        These images taken during the production by Matthew Saville, scroll through automatically. The director has also provided a humorous explanation to accompany each image.

    Production Image Gallery

    A collection of forty-one images taken by Suzy Wood. These also scroll through automatically, accompanied by Bryony Marks music from the film.


    Interview At The Movies with Matthew Saville (28:14)

        Margaret Pomeranz from the ABC television program, At The Movies, talks to Matthew Saville about the film. Matthews audio level is fine, but it sounds like Margaret is talking from another room.

    RRR Interview (10:42)

        An audio only interview taken from Melbourne radio station, 3RRR. Tony Wilson, Sam Pang and Fee B-Squared talk to Matthew Saville and Trevor Blainey.

    Channel 31 Interview on Popcorn (3:14)

        A short chat with Matthew Saville and Brendan Cowell taken from the Melbourne community television program, Popcorn.

    Radio National "Australia Talks" Interview (45:17)

        Another audio only interview, this time from the Australia Talks program on ABC Radio National. This interview with Matthew Saville also features some listener talkback.

    Original Theatrical Trailer - Noise (2:09)

    Bonus Films

    Europe (7:02)

        Craig becomes very depressed when his girlfriend, Denise, leaves to go to Europe. Written & Directed by Brendan Cowell in 2005, this very funny short film is a must see.

    Gents (3:28)

        Be careful when you flush the gents toilet in this pub. Another humorous short film, this time written and directed by Matthew Saville in 2002.

    Madman Propaganda

        Trailers of other Madman releases.

  • Lucky Miles (2:05)
  • Candy (1:51)
  • Last Train To Freo (1:34)
  • Ten Canoes (2:05)
  • Look Both Ways (0:37)

    R4 vs R1

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

        At the time of this review, there is no R1 version of Noise available.


         Noise is a spellbinding and intelligent debut feature from writer/director, Matthew Saville. While the film will probably not appeal to everyone, it certainly reaches out to those who enjoy being challenged in their film viewing. Highly Recommended.

        The video transfer is excellent and supports the nocturnal attributes of the film really well. The audio transfer is likewise the same, but is unfortunately let down by the reversing of the Dolby 5.1 mix.

        The selection of extras is outstanding and will please admirers of the film.


  • Ratings (out of 5)


    © Steve Crawford (Tip toe through my bio)
    Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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    whats the high pitch stuff like? - REPLY POSTED
    Any chance of a BR or HD-DVD release of Noise??? - REPLY POSTED
    Only on the Filmmaker's Edition? - Bill T REPLY POSTED
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