S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Blake Edwards, 1979)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:Warner Home Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,002,368,227 bytes
Feature Size: 18,405,746,688 bytes
Video Bitrate: 16.13 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 1st, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1092 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1092 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
/ DN -4dB
English (SDH), English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, none
• A Dream... A Fantasy...a 10! (4:27 480i)
•Trailer (2:47 480i)
Description: One of the best comedies of the 1970s, Blake Edwards' ode to midlife crisis and the hazards of infidelity now plays like a valentine to that self-indulgent decade, and it's still as funny as it ever was. In the signature role of his career (along with Arthur), Dudley Moore plays a songwriter with a severe case of marital restlessness, and all it takes is a chance encounter with Bo Derek (in her screen debut) to jump-start his libido. Julie Andrews plays Moore's wife, who will only tolerate so much of her husband's desperate need to reaffirm his sexual vitality, while Moore pursues Derek to a tropical rendezvous. The action builds to the now-famous bedroom scene that sent everyone rushing to the music store for their own copy of Ravel's Boléro. Talk about a classical climax!
Blake Edwards's "10" is perhaps the first comedy about terminal
yearning. Like all great comedies, it deals with emotions very close to
our hearts: In this case, the unutterable poignance of a man's desire
for a woman he cannot have. The woman, of course, must be unbelievably
desirable (and the hero of "10," on a scale of 1 to 10, gives this
particular woman an 11). It helps, too, if the man is short, forty-two
years old, and filled with inchoate longings.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
10 shows its age on Blu-ray from Warner with a flat, less dynamic, looking image. There is grain there but the texture produced seems lackluster. Detail is decent in the close-ups although other factors are muddier in comparison to the star transfers of the format. Don't get me wrong, I don't blame the single-layered transfer itself - although the bitrate is low. It isn't particularly blocky and is consistent and with some inferior stocks used in the lack 70's and early 80's this is probably a viable representation of the theatrical. Colors are stronger than SD but still reasonably lifeless. This Blu-ray doesn't excel in any one area but gave me a clean, effortless presentation. The film will definitely amuse but the image won't astound.
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Warner supplies a modest DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 channel mono track at 1092 kbps. This is faithful to the original and obviously doesn't have any separation of dramatic depth. There is plenty of music in the film - including, notable, Ravel's "Boléro". It sound clean and clear but flat - nothing really to extol.There are a handful of foreign language DUBs and plenty of subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Extras don't offer much - the original 4.5-minute featurette with interview snippets and behind the scenes shots. There is also a theatrical trailer - both are in 480i - as they appeared on the DVD edition.
January 26th, 2011
About the Reviewer: 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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