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Misfire on Blu-Ray,
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This review is from: Contempt (Le Mépris) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This is,without a doubt, one of the best films ever made by Godard and his cinematographer, Raoul Coutard.
The Criterion Collection transfer is impeccable - sharp focus, well-balanced primary colors, great sound.
The Blue-ray disc (not from Criterion but Lionsgate's Studio Canal label) is a major disappointment on just about every level - especially with the color levels. There appears to be a yellowish cast to everything. No hard reds, blues, yellows or greens.
Skin tones are dull and gray. It seems to have been made from completely different elements, with no reference to the original intent, or even the Coutard approved transfer.
At least it was not panned and scanned, about the only thing in it's favor.
If you have the Criterion version already - keep it.
The "up grade" to Blu-Ray is NOT an improvement.
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Initial post: Aug 12, 2010 8:34:53 AM PDT
Luke A. Stadel says:
Your review is totally at odds with the assessment given by dvdbeaver, which declares the Blu-ray to be a definite upgrade over the Criterion edition in terms of image and sound quality.
Posted on Aug 15, 2010 3:22:07 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 14, 2011 11:00:38 PM PST
Jonathan E. Haynes says:
If you're used to the contrast-boosted Criterion Dvd, though, the colors here will seem fairly pallid, regardless what the film was originally supposed to look like. One extremely compelling reason to buy - or at least check out - this Blu-ray is on the special features. Studio Canal and Lions Gate have included a lovely 2009 French documentary about the film, featuring an astonishing reflection by Godard himself. I'm honestly not sure if he says anything spectacular or new, but it's so rare to see him in this context, answering basically straightforward questions in a basically straightforward way. This is fascinating, as Godard's contempt for interviews is legendary; yet here he sits for a standard interview. His voice is cracked but still beautiful; and his manner is shy, friendly. I don't think the Blu-ray replaces the Criterion DVD, but "Contempt" is a good enough movie to have both.
Posted on Jan 10, 2013 2:50:37 PM PST
crime scene says:
That's really odd. I have this movie on a Blue-Ray format, as part of a Godard collection. The colors on my version look good, identical (as far as I can tell) to the DVD format.
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