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Tess (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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It is a wonderful transfer,it looks beautiful. The film itself is a tale that could not be told better. Of all the work Polanski has done,this is his finest film(though I am a big fan of Repulsion). There is a moment just over 16 minutes in where Tess is walking through trees that sent me back to seeing it in the theater-just a glorious shot. Nastassja Kinski is beautiful,and her acting is just the right tempo to fit the story. Understated,yet something is brewing underneath. All in all,a true work of art and the true art of storytelling.
I like Blu-ray/DVD combo sets,and if you loved this film,this is the set to buy. When I watch this I just can't get it out of my head. Tess is special,and this release gives it the treatment it deserves.
The print is not new and not restored. The colours are bright and true but there are loads of artifacts, scratches, dots, jumps, speckles etc throughout the film.This is a 3 hour film and there are very good extras, 72 minutes worth, taking the running time to over 4 hours. Columbia decides to cram all this information onto a single disc and naturally the picture and sound quality suffer. If they had gone to a second disc this would be improved but the print used is still far from perfect.
Important also; this copy is not the 'roadshow' version that played the major cities on its initial release with the intermission and musical overtures, however they have left the exit music at the end but cut off the final few chords!!!
Even worse is the sound quality. This was one of the first major features to use 'Dolby Stereo'. On its initial release the sound was flawless with a very lively surround track and great depth that particularly showed off the luscious score by Phillipe Sarde. The print used here has not been enhanced for 5:1 and doesnt even seem to have been remastered for DVD. Throughout the film there are wierd low frequency rumblings and distortions, and more irritatingly 'hiss'. These episodes come and go but generally the sound balance is all wrong. When the surround does come to life it leaps into life but with strange sounds coming from strange places in the sound stage.Read more ›
There is true elegance in every frame and the movie has a soundtrack to die for .
You need to own this DVD . You really do .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My mom named me for this character and I was not disappointed, she's my new heroPublished 1 month ago by Tess Stofko
ending spoiler, very sad, sorry maybe Amazon won't post my review, but I wish I would've known ahead of time.Published 3 months ago by Johanna
One of my permanent Top Ten movies (total list, about a hundred). Fabulous cast and screenplay, and the deft touches of Polanski. Even at three hours, it seems to end too soon.Published 3 months ago by Paul S. Gooding
N. Kinski is excellent as Tess. The film is moving and dramatic, sad yet enlightening to injustice. Worth watching. Well adaptation of book.Published 4 months ago by George Vincent
Oh yes! So lyrical and beautifully done. The story is heartwrenching and this adaptation is true to Hardy's book in every way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan G.