Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 9th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2010
Director: Karl Golden
Writer: Cris Cole
Cast: Harry Treadaway, Emma Booth, Arthur Darvill, Christopher Fulford, Emma Clifford
DVD released: March 7th, 2011
Approximate running time: 94 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles: English SDH
DVD Release: Icon Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Synopsis: To cope with depression that was brought on after a nasty breakup. A young man takes up the hobby of watching birds. With the help of two fellow bird watchers. They set out to find 500 different birds. Unfortunately his new found serenity is short lived. When the girl who broke up with him. Reemerges in his life. Wanting to give the relationship one chance. He lets her back in. And even though things start of smoothly. The same issues that initially drive a wedge between them reemerge.
For a film that is literally anchored by its two leads Nikko a suicidal young man, who has taken up the hobby of bird watching. And Stevie the girl that he loves. It is not surprising that everyone else that comes in contact these two characters. That they are nothing more than window dressing. And while this should not be that critical blow to the overflow of the story at hand. It actually ends up being one of the reasons why the narrative struggles to finds its voice. Another area in which this film often comes up short is its lack depth for its two lead characters, especially Nikko. Making his journey a difficult one to sympathize with. In a film with many peaks and valleys. Outside of a few evocative sequences. The bulk of the film is a fairly mundane walk through the park. Ultimately Pelican Blood is an unusual tale about love, suicide and birds that most viewers find a grueling task to get through.
Icon Home Entertainment presents Pelican Blood in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors look and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels look good and details generally look crisp. There is a healthy layer of grain. That more pronounced in darker scenes. It should be noted that this film was shot on 16mm and then blown up 35mm for its theatrical release.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and removable English SDH subtitles have been provided with this release. The audio is in great shape as everything sounds clear and balanced. With the more ambient aspects of this film’s soundtrack being well represented.
Extras for this release are limited to a nineteen minute behind the scenes segment that includes clips from the film, on set footage and comments from the cast and crew. Overall Pelican Blood gets a strong DVD release from Icon Home Entertainment.