Mullet (2001)

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Released 9-May-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary
Multiple Angles-5 Storyboard scenes plus introduction +/- commentary
Featurette-Production Design (5 + intro +/- commentary)
Featurette-On Location (7) + introduction
Featurette-Original Music (5) + introduction +/- commentary
Featurette-Cinematography (6) + intro +/- commentary
Deleted Scenes-10 + introduction +/- commentary
Notes-Soundtrack CD
Music Video-I'm Still In Love With You-Shane Nicolson
Theatrical Trailer-9 + intro
Gallery
Notes-Quote Bank
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Notes-Savoury Baked Mullet
Featurette-Living Room
Trailer-The Bank; Amores Perros; La Spagnola
DVD Credits
Easter Egg-4 x Mullet recipies
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 85:19 (Case: 89)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By David Caesar
Studio
Distributor
Premium Movie Part
Madman Entertainment
Starring Ben Mendelsohn
Susie Porter
Andrew S. Gilbert
Belinda McClory
Tony Barry
Kris McQuade
Peta Brady
Wayne Blair
Case Click
RPI ? Music Paul Healy


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary 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 Yes
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Mullet is a highly entertaining Australian film from writer director David Caesar (Greenkeeping, Idiot Box).

    When Eddie Maloney, a.k.a. Mullet (Ben Mendelsohn), returns to the small town of Coollawarra where he grew up, very few people are pleased to see him. Eddie left the coastal fishing town suddenly three years earlier giving no reason for his disappearance. Whilst away, Eddie did not communicate with the people he knew from the town and they are understandably frustrated by his actions. Eddie's return to the town brings to the surface a number of issues that his friends and family are facing and these tensions come to a head at a barbecue organised to welcome Eddie home.

    Mullet was filmed in and around the NSW south coast town of Kiama and features a number of the locals as extras. This film was made on a relatively small budget and was finally completed five years after its original conception. These budgetary limitations and extended development time actually work in the film's favour and has allowed the excellent casting seen in this production. Mullet was nominated for 5 AFI awards and received wide critical acclaim during its theatrical release.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The stunning video transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is very sharp throughout but a small number of shots appear a little soft in comparison. No low level noise was detected during the transfer. During the dark scenes excellent levels of shadow detail are visible when intended.

    The colours displayed during the film are slightly muted and many scenes often display a restricted palette with emphasis upon greens, browns and reds. These colour effects were achieved through the use of various filters and are explained by the cinematographer during one of the extra segments.

    No MPEG artefacts were detected at any stage during this transfer.

    A single very small instance of aliasing may be seen at 11:16, but this is not distracting to the viewer.

    Some very minor film artefacts may be seen during this transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 12:35, 13:28, 17:14 and 28:51. Each of these artefacts are extremely small and never distracting. A small amount of film grain may be seen throughout the transfer but this is never distracting to the viewer.

    No subtitles are included on this disc.

    This is a dual layered disc with the main feature placed on one layer and the extras placed on the other. Consequently, no layer change is detectable.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    An English Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 audio track is provided for the main feature.

    The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand at all times and no dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any stage during the transfer.

    The original acoustic score by Paul Healy is felt throughout the film and it constantly reinforces the mood of the on-screen action.

    The audio mix is focused across the front three channels with the surrounds used minimally to support the score and occasionally the effects.

    The subwoofer channel is also used sparingly to support the score.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    An enormous collection of informative extras are included on this disc providing some excellent insights into the making of this production.

Menu

    The minimally animated menus are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are 16x9 enhanced.

Feature Length Commentary

    During this scene-specific feature length commentary, director David Caesar and producer Vincent Sheehan discuss the various locations, editing, budget constraints and casting of the film.

Pre-Production

    This section includes a range of storyboards as well as a number of segments looking at the production design. The various storyboards are provided with three different angles showing the storyboards, the actual scene and a comparison between both. They include either the original production audio or a commentary by director David Caesar, who also provides an introduction (2:05) to this section.

    The following segments are included in the production design section and are provided with either the original audio or a commentary by production designer Elizabeth Moore who also provides a short introduction (0:22).

Production

    This group of extras is broken into three separate sections.

    On Location features the following segments with a commentary by producer Vincent Sheehan, who also provides a short introduction (0:46) to the section.

    Original Music highlights the various aspects of the score and is presented with both original audio and a commentary by composer Paul Healy who also provides a short introduction (0:24) to the selections.

    The Cinematography section is introduced (0:47) by director of photography Bob Humphreys and provides the following sections with both original audio and commentary.

Deleted Scenes

    This section contains the following ten deleted scenes with both the original audio and a commentary by David Caesar and editor Mark Perry. David and Mark also provide a short introduction (0:20) to these scenes that are often quite low quality as they were never utilised in the film's final cut.

Promotions

    This group of extras includes a page promoting the soundtrack and provides a link to the music video I'm Still In Love With You (3:45).

    A number of trailers is also included in this section. Producer Vincent Sheehan and Andrew Mackie from Globe Films Distribution provide an introduction (0:37) to these trailers as well as a running commentary. These trailers are also provided with the original audio mixes and the trailers that were not finally used display heavy compression artefacts.

    A collection of twelve production stills and ten quotes from various reviews complete this group of extras.

Cast

    This section provides one or two page biographies and select filmographies for the following cast members.

David Caesar

    This is a five page biography and includes a link to the short film included on the disc as well as access to a trailer for Idiot Box (1:09).

Short Film: Living Room (19:55)

    This short film is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and is introduced (1:02) by director David Caesar.

Madman Propaganda

    The following trailers are also included on this disc.

The Bank (1:58)
    This trailer is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

Amores Perros (2:08)
    This trailer is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

La Spagnolia (2:09)
    This trailer is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Easter Eggs

    Highlight the Production mullet for a recipe for Caramelised Mullet

    Highlight the Pre-Production mullet for a recipe for BBQ Mullet

    Highlight the Promotions mullet for a recipe for Fried Mullet

    Highlight the Cast mullet for a recipe for Savoury Baked Mullet

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is not currently available in other regions.

Summary

    Mullet is an excellent Australian film that definitely deserves the critical acclaim it has received and should be enjoyed by a wide audience

    The excellent video transfer shows off the the stunning widescreen shots seen throughout the film.

    The front focused audio mix is well reproduced and is suitable for the material presented.

    A brilliant collection of extras provide some excellent insights into the production of this movie.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Monday, December 17, 2001
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