A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Nightingale – in Blu-ray

Robert Harris

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If you're one of those who appreciated Jennifer Kent's previous film, The Babadook, her latest, The Nightingale, goes into different turf.

Set in Tasmania in 1825, it centers around a couple, Irish prisoners, with their infant child, who have been sent to the end of the earth.

Sometimes a difficult film to watch, and a bit too long at 136 minutes, it nonetheless leaves a mark, registering overriding cruelty - British whites upon indigenous blacks, as well as those sent their for their crimes.

Gorgeously mounted, and shot in 1.37, it takes advantage of primordial forests that dwarf the action within them. The production was reportedly captured digitally with an Arri Alexa Plus, and finished in 2k.

Lead performances work nicely, as the revenge plot moves toward its ever increasingly violently acceptable climax.

The Babadook, is also available from Shout, and should be necessary viewing for anyone into the horror/thriller genre.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Recommended

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Definitely a hard watch. The ticket taker warned my wife that there were many walkouts during the first 15 minutes of the film. We stayed and were rewarded with a fine film. As was The Babadook.
 
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