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Submarine Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • List Price: $39.99

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]

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:4.5/5]

Writer/director Richard Ayoade makes a stunning feature debut with this adaptation of the Joe Dunthorne novel Submarine. A beautiful, immediate, dark, and heartbreaking coming of age story in the vein of Juno and Rushmore, it is visually stunning, quirky, amusing and romantic all at once. The story revolves around 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts; Jane Eyre; TV’s Being Human), a bit of an outsider and daydreamer who has set his sites on romancing his school’s popular girl Jordana (Yasmin Paige), herself a bit of a misfit who suffers from bouts of eczema and likes to set things on fire. While Oliver is busy with his romance with Jordana, he also has another problem to conquer and that is saving his parents’ marriage. With his mother’s old flame in town while his parents are going through a rough patch, Oliver has resorted to spying on them and using tricks to keep his parents together in order to get them back into an amorous way. Ayoade makes wonderful use of the camera and symbolic imagery, like a bed floating on water that simply melts into an island. Simply put, Submarine is a magical film and a brilliant debut.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

In this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p/24 encodement, the image varies from soft to very detailed, from colors that pop, to colors that look quite flat. It’s not so much to do with the transfer as much as it s the original production itself. In all, the transfer looks rather film-like and pleasing, as natural as it can be, with an absence of anything electronic coming through in the image.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is rather stagnant. It does offer clean dialogue and decent dynamics, but the surround channels are deathly silent. Only some panning across the front keeps this mix somewhat lively.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

There isn’t much here, only some deleted and extended scenes and an average “making of” wherein the cast and filmmakers pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

The supplements:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes:
    • Jordana on Oliver’s Imaginary Death
    • Jordana Bovan’s Back on the Market
    • The Graham T. Purvis System
    • What is Light? (Extended)
    • I Am a Prism (Extended)
    • Color Blockers
    • Nonage: A Period of Immaturity
    • Tryptophan
    • Rights & Responsibilities
  • The Making of Submarine (1.78:1; 480i/60; 00:10:57)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

Submarine is a marvelous coming of age story that is told with an intelligent script and enticing visual style. This is as near to perfect as any debut can be; let’s hope Ayoade continues to deliver on this promise with future endeavors.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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