(aka 'Bad Blood' or 'Tambourine')
While admittedly far from being one of Ray's best films, his tale of the stormy courtship of Wilde and Russell - gypsies from rival tribes introduced to one another by their parents for an arranged marriage which obeys the laws not only of tradition but financial enterprise - is fascinating both for its mise-en-scène and as an example of the director's interest in ethnology. Indeed, the two elements combine to create a boldly flamboyant celebration of ritual, the gypsies' love of music, dance and colourful costumes allowing Ray to transform a potentially clichéd romantic sparring session into lurid, restless images often strangely reminiscent of the musical. An oddity, then, but one distinguished by Ray's characteristic refusal to patronise or glamorise his characters.
Theatrical Release: January 18th, 2003 - Tokyo
DVD Review: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 2, 4, 5 - PAL
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|Distribution||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL|
Average Bitrate: 6.65 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, Greek, French, Hindi, Arabic, Italian, None|
The transfer is not as impressive as we have seen some other 2.35 widescreen (this is actually 2.55) Universal or Sony classic films released digitally in PAL for regions 2, 4, 5. This appears to have a bit of an orange haze over it with colors looking quite possibly misrepresented. Detail is a shade below standard as well but it is anamorphic and progressive - I'll wager the single-layered transfer would have benefited if it was raised to dual. It sports a few choices for optional subtitles and two foreign language DUBs as well with the region coding inclusive for 4 and 5 meaning sales outside Europe are quite probable (Australia, Russia?). On the positive front the overall image is quite clean with only a few speckles noticeable.
There are no supplements included. The film definitely has some Nick Ray in it but is quite an aberration adding to its strange appeal. For fans of the director this is very much worth picking up though in my opinion. My curiosity was kept at a high level throughout.