(aka 'At the Heart of the Lie' or 'The Color of Lies')

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France 1999

 

  Director Claude Chabrol, one of the most successful members of the French New Wave, is still (after a hugely busy career) able to breathe life into suspense with subtlety, irony, and humor. Considering he returns time and again to the French bourgeoisie, the freshness of his films is all the more striking. Yet it is the middle classes, the gulf between what they say and what they actually think, and the importance of things left unsaid which stoke the drama of so many of his films.

And so it is with "The Colour of Lies", a gentle but powerful psychological thriller, which targets a failing French painter and his increasingly introspective wife, both of whom live in a Brittany fishing village. One of his art students - a young girl - is found raped and murdered, and he - immersed in nervousness and gloom - is placed under the microscope by the police and the gossipy, judgmental community, with even his own expressions suggesting he might well be guilty. His wife's demeanor, meanwhile, hints at a woman who, though clearly very loving, would quite like to withdraw from her marriage and enjoy an affair with the media celebrity next door, a glib, charming egotist played by Antoine de Caunes. It is this ambiguity in both husband and wife which keeps the other - and us - guessing.

 Excerpt from a Review by Michael Thomson of the BBC.co.uk website located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 13th, 1999

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Distribution Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:48:00 
Video 1.62:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English,  None
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Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.62:1

Edition Details:

• "Moteurs Actions Indiscretions"- A Making Of Documentary on The Color of Lies (28:35)
• A Presentation by Film scholar Joel Magny (series of text screen audio narrations)
• Original French Trailer (1:14)

DVD Release Date: August 2nd, 2005

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Looking at the last large capture you can see very noticeable 'combing' - this indicates that the image was not transferred each frame individually and hence is not progressive meaning it is no where near what it could potentially be represented as.

As an aside; the reason that we focus so heavily on these imperfections (ie. 'ghosting' and 'combing'), that may not be particularly debilitating on your television tube viewing, is that we remains certain that you will own your DVDs longer than you own your current system. When you do upgrade the deficiencies of DVDs like these will become much more prevalent and hence detract from your viewing experience.

Aside from that problem the image is a bit hazy, but colors look muted and acceptable. It is probably slightly cropped from 1:66 to 1:61. The 2.0 original French audio seems clear and consistent. The extras are good and like the transfer ported right from, and licensed by, MK2. The 1/2 hour 'making of' featurette is very good. Overall another unremarkable Kino transfer.  out of         

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