Saturday, August 29, 2009

Public Enemies

Public Enemies / Public Enemies [no Finnish or Swedish language titles for the film]. US 2009. PC: Forward Pass, Misher Films. Released by Universal. P: Michael Mann, Kevin Misher. D: Michael Mann. SC: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, Ann Biderman - based on the book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34. DP: Dante Spinotti - camera original: 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219) Super 35 and HDTV: HDCAM SR - Digital Intermediate 2K - released on 35mm anamorphic and D-Cinema. M: Elliot Goldenthal. CAST: Johnny Depp (John Dillinger), Christian Bale (Melvin Purvis), Marion Cotillard (Billie Frechette), Channing Tatum (Pretty Boy Floyd), Giovanni Ribisi (Alvin Karpis), Billy Crudup (J. Edgar Hoover). 141 min. Released in Finland by Finnkino with Finnish and Swedish subtitles. A D-Cinema presentation viewed at Tennispalatsi 2, 28 Aug 2009. - I watched the first 40 minutes only to get an impression of the D-Cinema presentation. I regard Michael Mann very highly and intend to catch the whole film later. - These comments are just on the D-Cinema qualities, which had been praised by Mr. Kalle Kinnunen, always sober in his assessments. - Yes, the technical specs are excellent in all departments. - But: this is a 2K picture. - Yet: it looks ultra-sharp and brilliant. - There is no problem with the close-ups of faces and eyes. The picture starts in the prison, and there is no disappointment in the cinematography of the prison circumstances. - The gangster theme and the urban milieux are opportune for digital. - The night cinematography looks great, the black tones are fine. - The trouble starts as soon as we get into the woods, into the thickets, into the greens. They don't look bad, but the lively, organic, juicy feeling of the photochemical image is missing. - The 2K projection of a picture based on 2K intermediate still looks more like brilliant plastic than a good photochemical presentation.

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