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Our Day Will Come [UK Release] Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080i/50
  • Audio Codec: French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: B (Region-Locked)
  • Classification: 18
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: August 22, 2011
  • RRP: £15.99

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4/5]

Writer/director Romain Gavras, known for his music videos for M.I.A and Justice makes his feature debut with this complex and perplexing psychologically-driven road rage film, Our Day Will Come (Notre jour viendra). A story of what the possible outcome of racism, post-internet isolationism, and untamed violence could be, Our Day Will Come follows the story of two people brought together by the association of there red hair, and so much more.

Rémy (Olivier Barthelemy) is a shy, awkward teen teased by his piers about his red hair and confused about his sexuality. Patrick (Vincent Cassel; Black Swan; Ocean’s Thirteen) is a psychoanalyst frustrated with listening to other people’s problems. On a night when Rémy gets into an altercation at home with his mother and sister and decides to run away, the two loners cross paths and become instant friends. The impressionable teen is the perfect candidate for Patrick to take on as a project, to manipulate, reform, shape into the man he thinks Rémy should be.

On a strange night out together, Patrick goads Rémy into increasingly violent confrontations with people and sexually-charged experiences with women. But somewhere along the way, the tide shifts and Rémy becomes more aggressive and self-confident, deciding to take charge of their journey and lead them to what he sees as the paradise for all the outcast redheads – Ireland.

Gavras’ film is bleak, quirky, and violent, even at times surreal. With its multiple shots of a cold, industrial landscape, it often invokes Antonioni’s Red Desert while its look at violent youth led astray and mix of pulsating techno and classical soundtrack evokes something more recent like Shopping or perhaps even a strained allusion to A Clockwork Orange.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

While Our Day Will Come was shot on 35mm, it has been encoded to Blu-ray in 1080i/50 AVC, which gives it an odd, video-like quality at times. The overall production of the film doesn’t help it out either. The color palette is very muted, contrast is quite low, blacks aren’t very deep and the image looks a bit on the soft side.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

While the main option is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, there isn’t much going on in the mix at all. The surround channels are nearly silent, being filled with only the slightest bit of ambient information. There’s a decently wide stereo spread across the front and dialogue doesn’t have any clipping, but low frequency extension is mild at best.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

There is a rather odd surrealist “making of” narrated by the film’s young actress, Chloé Catoen (La petite fille rousse) which stands as the only thing outside of a trailer strictly related to the film. The rest of this section is filled up with Gavras’ music videos.

  • Making Of (2.35:1; PAL; 00:18:49)
  • Music Videos:
    • M.I.A. – “Born Free” (1.78:1; PAL)
    • Justice – “Stress” (1.78:1; PAL)
    • DJ Mehdi – “Signatune” (1.78:1; PAL)
  • Trailer (2.35:1; PAL)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Gavras shows a lot of promise in his first feature film. Our Day Will Come is filled with emotional complexities and stunning visual queues that give the film a cold, removed, foreboding feel. It’s disappointing that this Blu-ray shows up in a 1080i transfer that doesn’t do the film justice at all.

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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