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Americano Blu-ray

United States
MPI Media Group | 2011 | 106 min | Not rated | Oct 30, 2012

Americano (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

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

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.0 of 52.0
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Americano

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Americano Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

After a childhood in Los Angeles. Martin returned to Paris to join his father following his parents' separation. Now, Martin must revisit the past as he winds up his mother's affairs after her death. Overcome by grief, Martin leaves L.A. for Tijuana on the trail of Lola, a Mexican woman he knew as a child, and who held a special place in his mother's heart.

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

Starring: Mathieu Demy, Salma Hayek, Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni, Carlos Bardem
Director: Mathieu Demy

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Americano Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Grainophobes, beware! I am giving MPI Media's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of Americano high marks for video, and any member of Blu-ray.com's discussion forum who wonders how that can possibly be, in light of the screenshots, obviously hasn't read this explanation.

My primary criterion for a Blu-ray image is accuracy, and the Blu-ray of Americano accurately reproduces the film's image. That image comes from two sources:
  1. Contemporary Super16 photography—in other words, half the resolution of the more common Super35 format—cropped to 2.35:1 for widescreen display. Demy explains in the extras that he adopted this format so that he could establish a "dialogue" with the second source described below.

  2. Unrestored (deliberately unrestored) excerpts from Documenteur, the 1981 film by Agnès Varda in which Demy appeared as a child and which provides the material for Martin's memories of his mother. Documenteur was shot full-frame in Academy ratio on 35mm but in a grainy documentary style. The excerpts appear in Americano windowboxed in the center of the 2.35:1 frame.

Because contemporary 16mm stock has excellent resolution, the results are still remarkably detailed, but it has much more obvious grain than we typically see with 35mm film, and the Blu-ray accurately reproduces the resulting textured look. Even if you're not particularly sensitive to grain, you're aware of the film's distinctive appearance from the moment Americano begins. (The cinematographer was the accomplished Georges Lechaptois.)

The color scheme, which Demy chose with care, ranges from the chilly blues of the opening French sequences, to the more varied but bleached-out colors of Los Angeles, to the warm tones of Tijuana. The Blu-ray reproduces these shades and contrasts with precision, and the accuracy is underlined by such elements as the depth of the blacks in the Tijuana nights and the precisely saturated red of the Mustang that plays an important role in the latter half of the film.

Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), the film's grain has not been reduced or filtered, and no sharpening has been applied. Aside from light, occasional banding that I doubt most viewers will notice, there were no artifacts to be seen, compression or otherwise.


Americano Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track beautifully recreates Americano's distinctive and subtly engineered soundtrack. Demy may not have any action scenes to work with, but that doesn't stop him from using the full resources of modern motion picture sound technology to express Martin's inner state. The film's sound routinely shifts between real and unreal, often without warning and by subtle transition. When Martin first hears Lola sing, the sound goes wildly out of synch and eventually her lips stop moving altogether; as the camera moves toward Martin, it becomes obvious that what he's hearing (and possibly seeing) differs from what's happening on the stage. When Martin arrives at the Los Angeles morgue to sign a release for his mother's body, he is escorted down a long hall by a sepulchral mortician who seems to be ushering him to the grave. As Martin approaches his "destination", everything drops away but the sounds of fluorescent lights buzzing and Martin breathing, and these grow to dominate the track as an embalmed body appears out of focus in the background. Gradually, however, another sonic presence announces itself in the background of the track, and at first you're not quite sure what it is. As the balance shifts, you realize that it's musical, familiar and wholly out of character with the sober piano score by Grégoire Hetzel (Incendies) that has dominated the soundtrack until that point. It's a pop song I won't identify, because that would be something of a spoiler. The song signals a change in the film's direction, like a switch going off in Martin's head. A few scenes later, it has been reduced to source music on a radio.

Americano has its share of typical environmental sound cues, especially in the Tijuana scenes and local hangouts, but the truly memorable sonic elements are all of an expressive quality such as those described above (including an elaborate sequence of crosscutting near the end). It's a first-rate track.



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Americano Blu-ray - August 13, 2012

MPI Home Video have revealed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray Mathieu Demy's (son of director Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy) Americano (2011), starring Salma Hayek, Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni, and Carlos Bardem. The preliminary release date ...


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