Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 22nd, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2013
Directors: Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Writers: Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Cast: Bruce Graham, Matt Valdez, Suzette Graham, Rebekah Mott, Bruce Graham, Robert Eddington, Chelsea Word, Elizabeth Overton, Wyatt Eddington
DVD released: February 17th, 2015
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: An unexpected passing of a loved one brings together a grieving family.
The film’s begins with its protagonist who has just woken up and went for his morning jog. Immediately after his return home he realizes that something is not right. From there he discovers his wife’s lifeless body on their bedroom floor. He then contacts a mortuary who send their workers over to collect her body and get it ready for her funeral. The protagonist has three daughters and each are informed about the loss of their mother. With the last act of the film focusing on her funeral.
Though love and loss have been the subject of numerous films, it is safe to say that none of those film’s approached the subject matter in the way that Forty Years from Yesterday does. Where the majority of films would use music to heighten to mood. That is not the case her as its minimal soundtrack only contains natural sounds. Also when it comes to the visuals they never call attention to themselves. The visuals are best describe as what would your memories look like if you shoot them for prosperity. And there is a rawness to the emotions on display in this film that make them all the more convincing. Ultimately Forty Years from Yesterday does a remarkable job of showing what it is to lose a loved one.
BrinkVision presents Forty Years from Yesterday in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. There are no issues with compression and this transfers does a great job retaining the intended look of the film.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include two short films also directed by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck. The first short film is titled ‘Waiting Room’ (9 minutes 24 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) this short film would inspire the filmmakers to make Forty Years from Yesterday and the second short film a documentary is titled ‘The Diggers’ (13 minutes 5 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Spanish with English subtitles) this documentary was inspired by a scene involving grave diggers that did not make it into Forty Years from Yesterday. Overall Forty Years from Yesterday gets a solid release from BrinkVision.