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Robert Harris

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Two points hit me almost concurrently as the first frames of Olivia Newman's Where the Crawdad's Sing.

The first was the location - an area of this country that I love. The natural magnificence of the American Southeast with it's marshes, estuaries, pine and cypress, filled with a very unique floral and fauna, and always overhead - Spanish moss.

The next was memories of E.B. White's Preposterous Parable: The Family That Dwelt Apart, an extremely short story, written in 1937, with a resultant short film via The National Film Board of Canada.

The story, and short, concern a certain extremely insular family living quietly by themselves on a tiny island in Barnetuck Bay, which in reality is off the coast of New Jersey, fed by a number of rivers and streams in the area inclusive of the Toms and Forked.

It's history goes back to comments by one Henry Hudson, made in 1609.

For whatever reason, I always saw it as off the coast of Massachusetts or possibly Rhode Island, and whenever reading the short story to friends, always took on the appropriate, and incorrect accent.

But I digress.

Where the Crawdad's Sing is not about a wonderfully friendly insular family who dwelt apart, but rather a family that self-destructs before our eyes, leaving a young Kya, played as a child by a wonderful newcomer, Jojo Regina, and as a teen and young adult by Daisy Edgar-Jones.

What's interesting about the film is that it fits into many genres. Love story, drama, police procedural, and oddly, cold case.

It's beautifully shot with an Arri Alexa, and finished as a 4k DI. While I would have loved to see what the film looked like in 4k, the new Blu-ray release from Columbia will have to suffice, and there are times I was pleased to be without HDR.

As shot by Polly Morgan, the results on Blu-ray are magnificent.

The track gives us the natural beauty of the surrounding sounds of nature, and works to fill the viewing area.


Image - 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH
 

madfloyd

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I really enjoyed this film and had been looking forward to it ever since I heard they made the book (which oddly I never finished) into a film. I bought the bluray but since I was curious about the 4k I compared the stream to the bluray for the first 10 minutes, trying to decide which version to watch. Both looked good and while I usually prefer HDR, I found I preferred the bluray in this case.
 

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I guess you'll have to leave it to your imagination.
Perhaps with a live lobster dinner ...

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:D!
 

Robert Harris

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Had a summer gathering probably 20 years ago, and had about 50 pounds of the delightful critters shipped in.

There’s a bit of teaching involved for the uninitiated.

No singing.
 

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