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Adaptation. Blu-ray

United States
Image Entertainment | 2002 | 115 min | Rated R | Jan 31, 2012

Adaptation. (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (20.97 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.3 of 54.3
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 0.9 of 50.9
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Dark humor41%
Surreal28%
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Adaptation.

 (2002)

Adaptation. Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is hired to adapt "The Orchid Thief," a nonfiction book by Susan Orlean about an eccentric orchid breeder, John Laroche, but he becomes completely blocked. Meanwhile, Charlie's happy-go-lucky twin brother, Donald, dashes off a potboiler thriller based on multiple personality disorder. As Charlie continues to struggle, we see Laroche and Orlean in flashbacks, but past and present converge, as Charlie "writes himself" into his screenplay, and he and Donald begin to collaborate.

For more about Adaptation. and the Adaptation. Blu-ray release, see Adaptation. Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Spike Jonze
Writers: Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox, Ron Livingston

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Adaptation. Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Director Spike Jonze worked with his usual cinematographer, Lance Acord, who also appears in Adaptation as himself, purportedly on the set of Being John Malkovich. Considering the digital trickery necessary to make Nicolas Cage appear as twins Charlie and Donald Kaufman, plus the elaborate cross-cutting between the screenwriting and orchid hunting storylines and the increasingly off-kilter spin of the narrative, both the production design and the cinematography make everything look remarkably ordinary. But I suspect that was the point. In any case, Image/Sony's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is another fine catalogue release, expertly reproducing both fine detail and natural grain patterns for a pleasingly film-like image. Digital intermediates were not yet standard practice in 2002, and Adaptation was finished by photochemical means. However, the film stocks were fast and high quality, and the image is sharp, clear and clean. Blacks are appropriately black; the color scheme accurately reflects the intended design, reproducing the drabness of Kaufman's home and wardrobe as well as the much brighter colors that prevail almost everywhere else (vivid greens in Florida; deep blue on the shirt worn by Charlie's agent; even the colors in Charlie's dreams); and you can make out the tiniest beads of sweat on Charlie's brow or the delicate veining in Laroche's orchids. As usual with Image/Sony discs, there is no indication of high frequency filtering, artificial sharpening or compression artifacts.


Adaptation. Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track isn't showy, but it's extremely effective at creating key environments, especially the swamps where Laroche hunts his orchids. During those scenes, the viewer feels surrounded by nature (and not always comfortably so). By comparison, the film's other environments are somewhat less assertive, but the sound mix has been carefully engineered to give them a distinct identity, whether it's the restaurant where Charlie gets the writing assignment, a party he reluctantly attends, McKee's writing seminar or the bar where Charlie has a drink with McKee afterwards. There are several scenes requiring distinct, intrusive sound effects (and I don't want to be more specific, for the sake of first-time viewers), and these register with the requisite impact. Both the dialogue and the voiceovers are clearly rendered. The playful score by Carter Burwell (the Coen Brothers' usual composer) has been skillfully blended into the mix to register almost subliminally, so that you're hardly aware the film has music. It does, though, and it's very effective.



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