H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def discs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
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Gary W. Tooze
Hors de prix aka Priceless [Blu-ray]
(Pierre Salvadori, 2006)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Studio Canal / Samuel Goldwyn Films
Video: First Look Pictures
Feature Runtime: 1:45:53
Feature film disc size: 17.6 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 18th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1
• Deleted scenes (16:29, 18:48) - no subtitles
Outtakes - Bloopers (5:21)
- no subtitles
•Trailers for Transsiberian, Sukiyaki Western Django, War Inc., Paris je T'aime
Product Description: On the French Riviera, nothing comes cheap. And when it comes to men, Irene has very rich taste. One very confusing night, she is duped at her own game. Her knight in shining armor turns out to have no shine at all. Irene, however, is the woman of Jean's dreams. The only way to win her heart back is to turn the tables on her. Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code, Amelié) stars in a romantic comedy that proves true love is PRICELESS...
Priceless, in my opinion, is just that – absolutely priceless! Audrey Tautou plays Irène, who flits around the world with older, richer men, moving on when she finds a man wealthier. Bored and restless one night while her current beau sleeps, she ventures alone to the hotel bar, where she finds the be-suited bar man Jean (Gad Elmaleh) asleep on the job. She mistakenly assumes that he is a wealthy patron and turns on the charm, ending up in bed with him. When she is busted by her beau, she discovers that her new hope is a fraud. As he desperately tries to win her affection, he stumbles into the same gold-digging game.
Excerpt from Katy Carter's review at Eye For Film located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
TheBlu-ray transfer okay. I wouldn't say anything is exemplary and does have some weakness. It's acceptably clean, bright colors, pretty crisp, moderate to strong detail - about what most would expect from a high-definition transfer in those areas. I wouldn't say it underwhelms but there isn't a ton of depth but I expect this still looks as faithful as one might anticipate from the theatrical. It certainly doesn't hurt the look that the cast are all great looking people and the location is the French Riviera. Background noise and artifacts are the big culprit appearing more prominent than purists may appreciate. This probably has to do with compression as the feature takes up limited 17 Gig. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. I don't have any strong complaints - aside from the noise, and the image quality falls far short of perfection although I expect this is the best treatment it will be getting. A final observation is about Audrey Tautou - who has so much camera appeal that her eyes alone improve this Blu-ray presentation. I was reminded of Audrey Hepburn - and that's about as big a compliment as I can give (and, goodness, is she sure skinny too!).
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November 8th, 2008