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Diva (Remastered Widescreen Edition) (Meridian Collection)
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- Digitally mastered transfer approved by Director Jean-Jacques Beineix
- Interview with director Jean-Jacques Beineix
- Interview with director of photography Philippe Rousselot
- Interview with set designer Hilton McConnico
- Additional interviews with cast and crew
- Introduction to interviews by Phil Powrie
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Frédéric Andréi (Jules) is a loner messenger boy, who makes a beautiful bootleg recording of one of her recitals. He also becomes the unknowing recipient of a tape containing evidence about the Paris underworld, setting off a chain of events where everyone's motives are misunderstood.
Sad to say, this good film is seriously marred by the worst sound transfer I have ever heard on a DVD. It is muddy and indistinct, much worse than most VHS tapes. Because the voice of Wilhelmenia Wiggins-Fernandez is central to the plot, the poor audio quality makes it hard to understand why anyone would make such a fuss about recording her.
The video transfer is not great, but passable, however the audio quality seriously dimishes the impact of a good film. If you listen to the compact disk soundtrack, you'll know what you're missing. This DVD looks like it was rushed to market with very little thought or care. The film deserves a better fate.
Mutantchaos and the previous reviewer are absolutely correct regarding the picture being "cropped" on the Lionsgate disc; the Anchor Bay displays a truer 16x9 enhancement. Also, the Lionsgate was mastered with a very high contrast level, which highlights every bit of print debris, making for a distractingly grainy picture. The only "improvement" I see in the Lionsgate edition is that their transfer sports better color saturation, with more natural flesh tones; Anchor Bay's print has a slightly reddish tint overall when you compare the two. Also, I noticed that I had to really kick up the volume on the new Lionsgate disc in order to achieve comparable audio levels to the Anchor Bay edition.
One nitpicky difference I accidentally discovered as well: The Lionsgate edition appears to be newly translated for the subtitles, and it's not necessarily for the better. One scene in particular that threw up the red flag for me was a line translated by Anchor Bay as "The abyss meets the abyss"; which is very poetic. The Lionsgate version translates the same line as "The deep meets the deep." Sounds a little dumbed down, n'est ce pas?
To be completely "fair and balanced",let me conclude that the bottom line is the simple fact that "Diva" has yet to be RESTORED.Read more ›
I haven't seen the earlier Fox Lorber issue of "Diva", but from the reviews I read here, and from the Fox Lorber titles I unfortunately own, I can only imagine that they (Fox Lorber) did their usual criminally indifferent - or is it agressively incompetent? - job, making no attempt to clean up the image and sound on a poor-quality master, but rather doing a quick-and-dirty transfer in order to be first to market, before the public wises up.
With that as the background, then, the new Anchor Bay release of "Diva" was well worth waiting for. The image quality is simply beautiful - clean, clear and crisp, with no discernable noise, dirt, or other undesireable visual artifacts. It's comparable in quality to Paramount's superb work on the "Chinatown" DVD, or most anything in The Criterion Collection's excellent series. Another very pleasant surprise is the restored and updated sound which, on the Fox Lorber release, was rated even below the poor quality of the image. Fans of "Diva" know that it has one of the most unique and memorable soundtracks of the many memorable 1980s movie soundtracks, and I cannot remember it ever sounding better than it does on the new Anchor Bay release.
So again, thank you, Anchor Bay, for doing justice to one of my favorite films on DVD. And as for you, Fox Lorber, isn't there a better business model out there than doing violence to art for money?
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Beautiful film that brought us to unexpected tears. Despite its age, it is not even remotely dated.Published 1 month ago by Veda
The very first French film, I ever saw. I ticked off my date since I did not pay attention to her as much as I did Diva. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George McCollum
Only issue I have with this is a PC-redo of the subtitles which rendered the movie less intelligible... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fred
Still a classic after all these years. Even my 15 year old son liked it.Published 2 months ago by Hugh E. Wilson
One of the most enchanting films ever. A delightful mix of beauty, love, passion, philosophy, crime, poetry, humor and music.Published 3 months ago by Guy Reader
This is a classic '80s French film noir. I've watched it many times over the years and it never loses its appeal. I can't compare it to any other film (if you liked .... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scooterista
Still a classic - one of the definitive films of the 80's - indelibly printed on my mind and watching it again a million years later it is just as good.Published 4 months ago by NYC Spinner
I love this film.Great story, characters and music! I have rewatched it a few times, and it never seems dated!Published 4 months ago by W. Kavanagh