SRP $29.99 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 MIRAMAX
 

MIRAMAX has released the magnificent foreign film, “THE BARBARIAN
INVASIONS”. The title stands as a metaphor for many things, and each
viewer can focus on their own perspective, and still not be wrong.
The film focuses on Remy, a man ill and near death. He’s estranged
from his son, with whom he has has few conversations with in years,
because of the self-defeating judgments he places on him. He feels
his son has sold out, seeking material wealth, rather than the life
of the “intellectual” which is what he’s taken. However, Remy’s lust
for a literate “bohemian” lifestyle, has its own detriments.  The
film intelligently and provocatively demonstrates that there is no
“right” life to lead or “right” decision.  We humans are too complex
for there to be one perfect answer that fits all.  We all make
“right” and “wrong” decisions that for one reason or another, “feel”
right at the time. 
 
All of the characters in this film, as in life, have their own
baggage and shortcomings, but all have an attractive life force as
well.  As Remy lies dying in a hospital, friends and family come
together for support and to reminisce. It’s beautiful, and
demonstrates that even without people having the answers for complex
situations, the mere “attempt” to care, can be more important than
the individual outcome of a crisis. 
 
The more people change, the more they remain the same. An enigmatic
saying that rings true here, and everyone’s actually better for it.
 
See  this dvd! 
 
MIRAMAX has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9
enhancement. Colors are solid, and there’s great detail in every
scene! Contrast is great, and grain is virtually non-existent.
Fleshtones appear natural.
 
MIRAMAX has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It’s not very
aggressive, however, surrounds come into play, enhancing the
environment for various locations, hospital hallways,etc.  There is
frequent separation for the front soundstage. Dialogue is always
intelligible and free from distortion.
 
A documentary, “INSIDE THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS” is included here.
It’s one of the best supplements on any disc we’ve ever seen. Similar
in tone to James Toback’s “THE BIG BANG”, this documentary offers
insight from cast and crew as they wax poetic about the big questions
of  life and our purpose in it. Highly entertaining and hypnotic.