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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Sony BDP-S300 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player
Gary W. Tooze
Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue) (3-disc Extended Version) [Blu-ray]
(Luc Besson, 1988)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 2:48:20.256
Disc Size: 35,017,186,453 bytes
Feature Size: 33,811,101,696 bytes
Average Bitrate: 26.78 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray / One single-layered Blu-ray / One DVD5
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 26th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
•Atlantis - second Blu-ray (single-layered)
• DVD with 'Making of' and Cannes Press Conference
Product Description: Experience the peril and intensity of free-diving the world s most dangerous sport in The Big Blue. Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr Breaking The Waves) and his friendly rival Enzo (Jean Reno The Professional) are considered masters of free-diving and have made a career out of this one-of-a-kind competition. Jacques life-long obsession with diving comes from his unusual bond with the sea while Enzo thrives on the challenges of its inherent danger. In his travels Jacques meets Johanna (Rosanna Arquette Pulp Fiction) who is attracted to his innocent qualities and follows him across Europe to share his adventures triumphs and ultimately tragic bond with Enzo. With breathtaking underwater photography and matching musical support from Eric Serra (The Fifth Element) The Big Blue immerses you in a life and death adventure you'll never forget. Starring: Rosanna Arquette Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Reno...
Anyone who saw the magnificent Leon would agree that director Luc Besson is a truly gifted man. He has for years been making slick, stylish, visually arresting movies that combine serious themes with flashes of comic brilliance. He made his name in France in the `80s with three amazing films: Subway and La Femme Nikita, both fast-moving action-type movies, and this one.
Excerpt from Ben Stephens from EUFS Programme 1996-97 located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Firstly - this definitely is region free and does play on Blu-ray machines worldwide. This is such a beautiful film that it's hard to know where the magnificent cinematography ends and the 1080P definition takes over in presenting us with such a stellar image. I actually owned this on LaserDisc (anyone remember that?) but this is the 'extended version' mostly in French with optional English subtitles. Some of Rosanne Arquette is DUBb'ed but some is in her wonderfully expressive English voice. This 1080P image from Paramount (Gaumont logo starts) looks quite exceptional on Blu-ray. Colors are vibrant and detail very strong for a 20-year old film. The image isn't flawless with background noise in many of the widescreen ocean-scapes or sky vistas. Black levels are acceptable but not pristine. It's damage-free and exhibits some healthy depth at times. The dual-layered disc (feature taking up a whopping 33 Gig!) is at the high end of Blu-ray transfer status in my opinion. It's an MPEG4 encode and easily the best I've seen this film look. I am highly impressed and love to watch this film - even in segments simply for its beautiful visuals.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
Lastly we get a third disc - a PAL DVD - with a 1 1/2 hour "Making of..." (French only - no subs) and a 41 minute 'Festival de Cannes' press conference (also only in French).
December 4th, 2008