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France / Italy / Spain 1970

 

Tristana, acknowledged as Buñuel's 'most Spanish' work, was inspired by a novel of the same name by one of Spain's greatest nineteenth-century writers, Benito Pérez Galdós. Buñuel had wanted to adapt it for the screen for many years. Although he claimed that neither his film nor Galdós's novel dealt with women's liberation, both are profound meditations on freedom, control and power.

In 1930s Toledo, newly orphaned beauty Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) is left in the care of ageing atheist and fallen aristocrat Don Lope (Fernando Rey). The dutiful and innocent girl is seduced by Lope and she duly becomes his mistress. However, when she meets a young painter, the handsome but uninspiring Horacio (Franco Nero), power changes hands and Tristana becomes increasingly embittered when fate plays a nasty trick on her. She falls seriously ill and returns to Don Lope, resuming her tormented relationship with him but finally taking revenge on the man who destroyed her innocence.

A classic, perfectly cast and beautifully photographed film, Tristana is a twisted, haunting study of sexual politics and the concept of freedom. Tristana and Don Lope are both passionate about freedom of choice but they both find their choices regulated by unconscious desire - a recurring Buñuel theme that finds its perfect embodiment in these two fascinating characters whom we see changing before our very eyes.

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Theatrical Release: March 29th, 1970 - Madrid

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BFI - Region 2 - PAL vs. Cohen Media Group - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

1) BFI - Region 2 - PAL LEFT

2) Cohen Media Group - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:12 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:38:40.623
Video 1.60:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,549,126,518 bytes

Feature: 34,193,946,816 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) or Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 3451 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3451 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48
kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3589 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3589 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz
/ 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 692 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 692 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz /
384 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.60:1

Edition Details:
• 10-page liner notes booklet with essays by Isabel Santaolalla and Tom Milne

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2005

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Cohen Media Group

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.60:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,549,126,518 bytes

Feature: 34,193,946,816 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Feature Length audio commentary with Catherine Deneuve and critic Kent Jones
• 30 minute featurette with Bunuel scholar Peter William Evans (32:01)
• Alternate ending (1:06 in  1080P)
• 2012 restoration trailer (1:36 in 1080P)

Original French Trailer (3:05 in 1080i)

20-page liner notes with Catherine Deneuve's diary entries written during production, a new essay by Cineaste editor Richard Porton and a chapter excerpt from scholar Raymond Durgnat from his now out of print book on Bunuel

Blu-ray Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 11

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Cohen Media Group - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (February 2013): Cohen's new 1080P transfer of Bunuel's Tristana takes some large strides over the 2005 letterboxed SD releases. Firstly, there is significant more information on all 4 sides of the frame, colors, although not perfect, are bolder and more realistic and there is no boosting as on the DVD. It has an earthy cast over some of the indoor sequences but contrast is significantly improved. One of the issues of the DVD was the artifacts present and I couldn't note any on the dual-layered Blu-ray.

 

Unfortunately audio doesn't offer the French language but does have both the English and Spanish DUBs in lossless DTS-HD Master. It sounds certainly more in-sync than the PAL DVD and dialogue is clear and consistent.

 

On the version, from Cohen Media: "The version of the feature TRISTANA that we are releasing is exactly the same version that Criterion released on VHS and Laserdisc in the mid 1990's - though the quality is far superior. Our scan is from an original negative, as confirmed by one of Criterion's lead producers (This restoration began with Criterion, but not completed before their license expired). We've checked the negative and there are no physical cuts to the ending montage sequence introducing new material. However, we were made aware that a few shots in the end montage differ from the version available in Europe. We accessed this ending and include it as an alternate ending."

 

Supplements are strong with a feature length audio commentary with Catherine Deneuve and critic Kent Jones (I will indulge in this evening!) plus a 30 minute featurette, entitled Repression and Desire, with Bunuel scholar Peter William Evans (author of The Films of Luis Buñuel: Subjectivity and Desire) discussing the director and the production. We get the minute-long Alternate ending, 2012 restoration trailer and the original French Trailer both in HD. Included in the package is a stacked 20-page liner notes with Catherine Deneuve's diary entries written during production, a new essay by Cineaste editor Richard Porton and a chapter excerpt from scholar Raymond Durgnat from his now out of print book simple entitled Bunuel.

 

I know there are other DVDs but I believe they are all with 4% PAL speed-up. Weighing all the evidence this Cohen Blu-ray release seems like the definitive for Bunuel's film.

 

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ON THE BFI DVD: This DVD contains two versions of the film, Spanish and French, both with optional English subtitles.

I am re-reviewing this title due to complaints about the DVD. As we stated the image is not anamorphic and at a 1.60 ratio. Many are making claims it is from an analogue source. I was unable to find evidence that this is true despite screen captures with some form of artifacts being mailed to me. The image is saturated but not contrast boosted that I can see. There is damage visible in the form of light scratches and dirt. I found it relatively sharp and colors (skin tones) seem appropriate. The image does lack consistency. There is trouble with the Spanish audio that some have commented on -   "The dialogue seems to be fine. However, remaining sounds - footsteps, knocking on doors, placement of objects seem to be oddly out of synch in places. They seem unnaturally amplified and layered over an already existing soundtrack creating a strange reverb-like effect in some instances." (Thanks Bill)

I would say that the soundtrack sync appears off at times, but I am unclear exactly what was post dubbed and what wasn't.

Both sets of subtitles were removable on my Malata players and computer DVD drive. No digital extras.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 





 

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