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Manufactured Landscapes Blu-ray

United States
Zeitgeist Films | 2006 | 80 min | Not rated | Dec 11, 2012

Manufactured Landscapes (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
French

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

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Manufactured Landscapes

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Manufactured Landscapes Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Documentary about the photography of Edward Burtynsky, who transforms such unlikely sights as slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories and ship recycling plants into aesthetic objects.

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

Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Starring: Edward Burtynsky

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Manufactured Landscapes Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Manufactured Landscapes was shot on film in Super16. The cinematographer, Peter Mettler, discusses his visual strategies in a brief interview in the disc's extras. As Mettler notes, a still photographer like Burtynsky can achieve a degree of precision in the delineation of light and color that is impossible in moving pictures. The single toughest demand for Mettler was the accurate reproduction of Burtynsky's photography in a manner that would both show it to advantage but also allow it to be blended with other images in the film.

The image on Zeitgeist Films's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray ably captures the film's tonal shifts, which is central to Baichwal's odd balance between documenting and partnering in Burtynsky's work. Lengthy passages, such as the much-commented-upon tracking shot that opens the film, have a solidly "documentary" feel, with the detailed but softer look of Super16 photography and the naturalism that comes from photographing real people and places using available light. Burtynsky's work, however, has been carefully lit and shot to utilize the full range of the Super16 negative's resolution and color capacity. As much as a copy can be accurate, Baichwal and Mettler have tried to make their filmed reproduction of Burtynsky's work identical to the real thing. When they cut to a Burtynsky photograph from their own footage, they have generally chosen a sharp, colorful take so that the switch is invisible.

The only flaw in the image that sometimes gives away the copying aspect of Baichwal's strategy is a distinctive "noise" when she zooms in too close on one of Burtynsky's photos and a portion of the image doesn't have sufficient detail to withstand such close scrutiny. It's a minor problem, but it recurs at regular intervals, and it might be mistaken for a flaw in the Blu-ray, which it isn't. This "noise" recedes as Baichwal zooms back from Burtynsky's photo, and his image snaps back into its original clarity.

Except for limitations of the original documentary footage (as in, for example, the Bangladesh section), the Blu-ray is as sharp, detailed and colorful as the source materials will allow. I did observe occasional instances of banding, but it was light and will probably go unnoticed by most viewers. Compression errors were nowhere to be seen.


Manufactured Landscapes Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Manufactured Landscapes features a 5.1 soundtrack supplied in lossless DTS-HD MA, but there isn't a lot for it to do. With limited narration and almost nothing in the way of dialogue, the film is primarily visual. As noted above, the score by Dan Driscoll is abstract rather than tuneful, an apt accompaniment to Burtynsky's images. It's well-reproduced but nothing to delight the ear. The documentary footage does not provide opportunities for use of the surround field, with one significant exception: During the eight-minute tracking shot through the Chinese factory that opens the film, the sounds of the factory floor appear to echo in the distance, reinforcing the sense of the giant space through which the camera is moving. Whether the production actually recorded discrete stems at the time (which is unlikely) or created the mix after the fact in a studio, it's an effective adjunct to the visuals.


Manufactured Landscapes Blu-ray, News and Updates



Zeitgeist Films to Begin Releasing on Blu-ray - September 15, 2012

Independent label Zeitgeist Films will begin releasing films from its catalog on Blu-ray. On December 11, the label will release two award winning documentary films: Richard Press' Bill Cunningham New York (2010) and Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes ...


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