Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too!) (Blu-ray) (2001)

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Released 8-Jun-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Trailer-8 Femmes, Lovely and Amazing
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 105:38
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Alfonso Cuaron
Studio
Distributor
Producciones Anhelo
Icon Entertainment
Starring Maribel Verdu
Gael Garcia Bernal
Diego Luna
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Spanish DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
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

     On the surface, Y Tu Mama Tambien ("And Your Mama, Too") is a simple and fun road movie but, like many great films, there’s far more depth than first anticipated by the viewer. Y Tu Mama Tambien effortless swings between being funny, erotic, dramatic, and touching, while always remaining completely emotionally engaging. The witty and clever script has been beautifully executed by co-producer, co-writer and director, Alfonso Cuarón, and Y Tu Mama Tambien is now available to enjoy at home in high definition on Blu-ray disc.

     With their girlfriends having just left to holiday in Europe, two testosterone-charged Mexican teenagers, Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael García Bernal) are left at a loose end. At a social function they meet the wife of a distant relative, Luisa (Maribel Verdú). Struck by her classic beauty and playful sophistication, they immediately invite her to join them on a trip to a fictitious beautiful beach-side spot they call “Heaven’s Mouth”. After an unexpected and emotional turn of events, Luisa calls the boys and spontaneously agrees to their suggestion of a weekend road trip.

     Along the way, Alfonso Cuarón creates a wonderful emotional journey that is reflected in the individual characters' physical journey, and the varying locations and landscapes of Mexico. The boys will learn that while women might be wonderful objects of beauty and desire, it is the two young men that will reveal far more of themselves, far more than just their bodies, in their pursuit of the elusive Luisa. At all times, the film's surface frivolity and carefree humour masks an underlying sense of tragedy, as the film builds toward its final revelation.

     Also, along the way the film weaves in subtle political observations regarding the two Mexico’s we are confronted with visually throughout. One of the boys comes from a wealthy family, the other is working class, and along their coming-of-age journey they will be exposed to many images of Mexico’s poverty, and the plight of the many people who do not prosper, but struggle through a harsh life.

     Y Tu Mama Tambien received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film, but for me the film's centrepiece is the outstanding acting performance by Maribel Verdú as Luisa. Throughout the story she playfully teases, quizzes, analyses and even scolds the two boys, while evoking feelings of joy and sadness, in them, and the audience.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Y Tu Mama Tambien is presented with a high definition transfer, having been authored in 1920 x 1080p. It has been encoded using AVC compression. The transfer is presented in a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, in a native widescreen 16x9 frame. This is the film's original theatrical ratio.

     The Blu-ray's transfer is a bit of a mixed bag, but to be fair the original film was shot on a modest budget and is almost ten years old now. Noticeable on larger screens, the transfer can appear quite grainy at times, but it is noticeably better than the previous DVD. There are no problems with MPEG or Film-To-Video Artefacts, but some edge enhancement is noticeable, and minor Film Artefacts appear throughout. Some of the photography is hand-held, and intentionally introduces some shaky segments. The biggest problem for me was the de-saturated appearance of the transfer. While skin tones are fine, colours often appeared washed-out or bleak. Considering some of the sun-drenched locations in Mexico, including those at the beach, I question if the sky was intended to look so grey and murky by the filmmakers? Only English subtitles are offered and they are accurate. The feature is divided into 14 chapters.

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Audio

    Spanish dts HD MA 5.1 audio is the only audio option provided on this Blu-ray.

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are good.

    Y Tu Mama Tambien is a dialogue-based drama, and rear speakers are only called upon to provide some ambience.

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Extras

    There are a few extras.

Floating Menus

    As with other Blu-rays, the menu options can be accessed while the film is playing.

You Owe Me One (11:44)

    A short film presented in standard definition, with Spanish stereo audio and English subtitles.

Underadmitted (2:34)

    This appears to be an alternate ending, also presented in standard definition, with stereo audio, and comprised mainly of the film's closing credits.

Colour Bars (0:30)

    Another strange extra, also presented in standard definition, with stereo audio, this is 30 seconds of an animated colour bar-test pattern?

Deleted Scenes

    Three very short moments trimmed from the film are presented in standard definition, with Spanish stereo audio. They are titled, Stoned, Manuela, and Whistle.

Original Theatrical Trailer (2:21)

     Presented in standard definition with Spanish stereo audio.

UK Theatrical Trailer (1:38)

     Presented in standard definition with English stereo audio.

Making Of (22:35)

     Presented in standard definition with Spanish stereo audio, this making of avoids useless marketing fluff and interviews, providing plenty of behind-the-scenes video footage of the film being shot in various locations.

Cast & Crew

     Very simple text-based biographies of the principal participants.

R4 vs R1

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

    I understand that the disc is region-free and ours will be identical to the US and UK release.

Summary

    Y Tu Mama Tambien is a fun and raunchy, yet haunting, film that is well worth seeing.

    The video quality is acceptable, but this is no demo-disc. The audio quality is also acceptable.

    The extras are limited.

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Friday, August 13, 2010
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