2001-2010Barry JenkinsDramaL.A. RebellionRomanceUSA

Barry Jenkins – Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city.

Criterion have transferred Barry Jenkins’s Medicine for Melancholy to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a “New high-definition digital master, approved by director Barry Jenkins and director of photography James Laxton”. Shot in sepia-ish desaturated video (Panasonic AG-HVX200) the image on Medicine for Melancholy is the softest I have yet seen from a Criterion 1080P transfer. I strongly assume this is a direct function of the production. The filmmakers went through the film shot by shot and pulled out the majority of color. It’s hazy and mostly flat but the film’s expression comes through even in this modest appearance. It, obviously, was not meant to look tight, crisp and glossy.

Barry Jenkins - Medicine for Melancholy (2008).mkv

Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 28 min
Size: 	2.56 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	1024x576 
Aspect ratio:  	16:9
Frame rate: 	23.976 fps
Bit rate: 	2 960 kb/s
BPP: 	0.209
#1:  	English 5.1ch AAC LC @ 793 kb/s
#2:  	English 2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s (Audio commentary from 2023 featuring director Barry Jenkins)
#3:  	English 2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s (Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Jenkins, producers Justin Barber and Cherie Saulter, and editor Nat Sanders)



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