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
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Gary W. Tooze
The Duchess [Blu-ray]
(Saul Dibb, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (quite probably region FREE!)
Feature Runtime: 1:50:01.636
Disc Size: 45,857,686,775 bytes
Feature Size: 36,992,367,168 bytes
Average Bitrate: 44.83 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 27th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
How Far She Went: Making the Duchess documentary
featurette (6 chapters 22:49 - in HD!)
Product Description: One of history’s most beguiling leading ladies, Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightley) was married at 17 to the wealthy and influential William Cavendish (Ralph Fiennes), the fifth Duke of Devonshire -- and into a lavish world filled with shocking deceptions, decadent scandals and stifling demands of duty. As Duchess of Devonshire, she first indulged her considerable energy in high society -- outshining most of the aristocratic men around her with her incredible wit -- only to become one of the most impassioned political voices in all of 18th century Britain. Beloved by a nation but betrayed by her husband, Georgiana’s charisma, political savvy and distinct flair for fashion would make her the “It Girl” of her era… but a chance for personal happiness would remain elusive until she dares to discover love on her own terms...
Much is made in Britain of the fact that Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806) was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. I wouldn't know where to start in counting my own great-great-great-great-aunts, but the Brits have an obsession with genealogy, and then too both women married men who were fabulously wealthy, had several enormous houses and kept mistresses, and both women had lovers. The difference is, Georgiana was more interesting.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Another exceedingly competent Paramount Blu-ray in terms of image quality. The Duchess is fairly bright and the 1080P MPEG-4 transfer seems up to support the film's classic characteristics very well. While I didn't find detail overwhelmingly sharp - it is certainly adequate and far superior to the corresponding DVD (simultaneously released). My one complaint would be that it tends to look quite glossy - of which I have no explanation. This is presented in the original 2.35 aspect ratio - the disc takes up 45 Gig (the film itself almost 37 Gig) with another gimungous bitrate of 44.83 Mbps! The image is expectantly very clean - it doesn't exhibit extensive depth but the dual-layered disc seem presents a pleasing image and the film's visuals of architecture, palatial estates and grounds can be very impressive in high-definition.
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Audio & Music:
December 20th, 2008