H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
The Story of O aka Histoire d'O [Blu-ray]
(Just Jaeckin, 1975)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Somerville House
Feature Runtime: 1:40:43 + opening credits 2:43
Feature film disc size: 14.8 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 11th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: VC1
• Director Commentary in French or French with English translation
• Text Biographies of three cast
Product Description: Cinema’s original sin returns with its shocking portrait of sexual submission from master of erotica Just Jaeckin ("Emmanuelle," "Lady Chatterly’s Lover"). A stunning young woman (Corinne Clery) surrenders herself at a remote chateau at her lover’s (Udo Kier) request and is immediately forced into a round the clock regimen of every sexual appetite imaginable. Her submission is total to the orgasmic odyssey that explores the shadowy boundaries between pleasure and pain...
Jaekin's episodic, softcore adaptation of Pauline Reage's acclaimed erotic novel stays just the right side of kitsch, hinting at the darker pleasures experienced by the enigmatic O at the hands of her experimental lover Rene.
Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
After reviewing Somerville House's Black Christmas onBlu-ray - we can pretty much say the same things. The file size is damn puny at less than 15 Gig. The 1080P transfer is progressive and it doesn't look that bad but certainly no where near the heights that this format can offer. Sure the film is over 30 years old and probably not much production bucks to begin with - well, not in the technical areas anyway. Does it even look like high-definition? I'd have to say yes - it's better than most SD treatment and probably significantly better than this film has ever seen digitally. But... you can see yourself that it is pretty weak. There is some damage marks - almost like speckles but a bit more prominent - however they are usually frame specific. Noise and macro-blocking artifacts certainly exists but colors have some surprising life especially past the middle of the film. The lack of detail may well be inherent in the film itself being shot with a softer lens (typical of porn in the 70's) giving it that cloudy dream-like appearance.
NOTE: The trailers are in 1.66:1 (sample below) but the film fills the widescreen at 1.78 despite the cover stating it's 1.85. I suspect the film was originally shown at 1.66 but I don't really care that much either way - we're not talking Kurosawa here. In fact, I care more about that bearded guy's hair - which sure looks like a grandiose rug.
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November 6th, 2008