Belgium | Luxembourg | UK | Germany | France 2007
To support her family, a
middle-aged widow joins the world’s oldest profession—story fodder for a weepy
’50s melodrama, or the genesis of an offbeat dramedy about personal reinvention.
Gabarski’s casting proves inspired: Faithfull, the ’60s pop music icon who
reemerged from the abyss as a serious artist is still radiant, her classic
features, as ever, a camera magnet.
Theatrical Release: February 13th, 2007
DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 7.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 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)|
Well, I swore off Strand Releasing but this was a film I wanted to see although I should have looked closer at the European releases available as they - of course - all appear to be superior.
Strand have upstaged some of their previous stingy releases as this is dual-layered and the combing artifacts evident are far less noticeable than I have seen before. Looking at the PAL edition times this Strand was taken from an unconverted (incorrect) standard source and this is the real reason behind the 'combing / ghosting / trailing' visible in the last posted large screen capture. The image is weak but clean and watchable with some noise and slightly less-than-vibrant colors.
NOTE: I believe the film was shown theatrically in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio making this Strand DVD inaccurate in that regard. Yet another black-mark against the NTSC edition.
Audio has a flat 2.0 channel but the film is mostly dialogue driven - the PAL releases have 5.1. No subtitles - the dialogue is in clear English some may not be accustomed to the accents so the addition of optional English subtitles would have been appreciated.
No extras aside from a trailer. Strand just aren't 'getting it' as they say. I'd be more vehement in my recommendation of the French releases HERE if I knew positively that the French subs were removable. As it sits this price is high for the DVD product Strand are flogging but the film is a wonderful ride and very much worth seeing. I'd consider a PAL edition if you can get it reasonably where you live.