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(aka 'L'Éclipse" or "Eclipse" or "The Eclipse"')

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France / Italy 1962

 

The conclusion of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on modern malaise, which began with L’avventura, L’eclisse (The Eclipse) tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) only to drift into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the couple’s doomed affair, Antonioni reaches the apotheosis of his modernist style, returning to his favorite themes: alienation and the difficulty of finding connections in an increasingly mechanized world.

 

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Theatrical Release: April 12th, 1962 - Italy

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Comparison:

Criterion (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL vs. Kinokuniya (JAPAN) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Optimum Home Entertainment Screen Caps!

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Cover

Criterion coming out with their Blu-ray in June of 2014:

Distribution Criterion Collection Spine #278 - Region 1- NTSC

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
The Optimum R2 PAL release is also available in The Alain Delon - The Screen Icons Collection which includes Un Flic, Plein Soleil, L'eclisse, Traitement De Choc and Flic Story.

Runtime 2:05:48  2:00:44 (4% PAL speedup) 2:03:33.572
Video 1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1:1.85 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.54 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,848,468,129 bytes

Feature: 30,846,369,792 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:  Criterion

Bitrate:  Optimum

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0), Commentary: English (Dolby Digital 1.0) Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0) DUB: LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None Japanese, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.83:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film scholar Richard Peña, program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center
• Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema, a 56-minute documentary exploring the director’s life and career
• The Sickness of Eros, a new video piece about Antonioni and L’eclisse, featuring Italian film critic Adriano Apra and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo
• New essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez

• 30 page liner notes booklet

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2005

Double thick Keep Case
Chapters:
19

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.85

Edition Details:
• Interview with Jose Mouré (26:14)
• DVD-5

DVD Release Date: 9 Jul 2007
Keep Case

Chapters 12

 

Release Information:
Studio: Kinokuniya

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,848,468,129 bytes

Feature: 30,846,369,792 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Photo Gallery

Booklet (In Japanese)

Blu-ray Release Date: December 22nd, 2011
Standard Blu-ray Case
Chapters:
12

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kinokuniya - Region FREE Blu-ray - March 2014: Don't get your hopes up! (he says to himself.) I post this as I thought others might be as curious as I about this Japanese Blu-ray release. Before purchasing I considered that even if it didn't have English subtitles, I know the film so well, that I still might appreciate the incredible visuals in HD. Unfortunately, this fails on almost every front. The transfer, while dual-layered with a decent bitrate, is 1080i (interlaced) and looks quite 'faint' and has numerous speckles and artifacts. The audio, although in linear PCM, is a poor French DUB with crackles throughout. Ugly. The Japanese subtitles are removable. There are no extras, a side from a weak photo gallery and extensive liner notes booklet in Japanese, and the menu system is clunky (you can't remove or add the subtitles on-the-fly - you must stop and restart the film from the beginning.) And the biggest failing is that some sequences are 'cut' - mostly, it appears, during the montage sequences at the end of the film - for shame! (the last capture could not be matched because it is not on the Blu-ray!)

The one thing I did get out of comparing this BD was the amount of information in the frame - we get a healthy amount more on the Japanese transfer - mostly on the left and right edges. Even more than the Criterion DVD.

So, let's hope we see this and L'Avventura, come to Blu-ray by a strong production company... soon. I, not only, consider this in the top 20 films of all time, but it is also one where the appearance is so vital to the film experience - L'Eclisse deserves the very best quality we can establish for home theatre viewing.

Gary W. Tooze

***

ON THE DVDs: Compared to the Criterion, this Optimum (Studio Canal) DVD seems quite weak. It has only used 4 GB of space on the single-layered disc. There are compression artifacts visible throughout. There is some disturbing aliasing if you look at objects like the furniture, walls, cars on the street, etc. The interesting thing is that the Optimum disc is cropped on the both edges, but the Criterion disc is cropped on the top and the bottom. Could these be a sign that the actual screen ratio should be in 1:1.66. The Optimum ratio is 1:1.74.

My review is based on the disc from the box-set Screen Icons: Alain Delon, but it should be the same disc of that sold separately.

BOTTOM LINE: Take the Criterion disc: Much better image, and it's loaded with extras.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

ON THE CRITERION: I'm still trying to confirm the aspect ratio (possibly should be 1.66 ?), but I would say that this may be the DVD release of the Year. Image quality is excellent - akin to, and possibly exceeding, Criterion's own L'Avventura. Dusted grays, pitch blacks and un-boosted whites make for a pure film-like image. This film is so beautiful and Criterion have risen to the challenge with their DVD presentation. Original Italian mono audio (with optional English mono commentary) and excellent removable English subtitles.

Include in this package are some valued extra features. An insightful commentary on the main feature disc, a 30 page liner notes booklet and two detailed featurettes on the second disc. Both documentaries will be highly treasured by Antonioni fans. This may move directly to the Essential DVDs listing. Our strongest recommendation.

Gary W. Tooze


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Criterion - Disc 2

 

Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


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1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

Omitted from the Japanese Blu-ray


Michelangelo Antonioni films on DVD (NTSC) - CLICK COVERS or REVIEW BUTTON for more information

 


Recommended Books for Michelangelo Antonioni reading (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

Box Cover

Criterion coming out with their Blu-ray in June of 2014:

Distribution Criterion Collection Spine #278 - Region 1- NTSC

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Kinokuniya - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Criterion

Sound:

Criterion

Extras: Criterion

 




 

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