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Last Tango in Paris [Blu-ray]
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:MGM Home Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 41,372,623,187 bytes
Feature Size: 40,735,604,736 bytes
Video Bitrate: 36.11 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 15th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.75:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2116 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2116 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / DN -7dB
English (SDH), English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, none
• Trailer (1:32)
Description: A middle-aged American man, tormented by his wife's suicide, drowns out his dark feelings by engaging in a torrid sexual... relationship with a young Parisian woman he meets in a vacant Paris flat.
A powerful, controversial story of a man and woman whose special relationship defies social convention. Penetrate the moody, sensual world of Last Tango In Paris , and prepare yourself for the most controversial film of its era. Nominated for two Academy Awards - and exuding a powerful sexual energy unlike any film before or after, this scintillating modern classic shocked a nation...and altered the face of an art form. He (Brando) is a 45 year old American living in Paris haunted by his wife's suicide. She (Maria Schneider) is a 20 year old Parisian beauty engaged to a young filmmaker. Though nameless to each other, these tortured souls come together to satisfy their sexual cravings in an apartment as bare as their dark, tragic lives...
Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris" is one of the great
emotional experiences of our time. It's a movie that exists so
resolutely on the level of emotion, indeed, that possibly only Marlon
Brando, of all living actors, could have played its lead. Who else can
act so brutally and imply such vulnerability and need?
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Art-house heavy Last Tango in Paris establishes a less conventional appearance with an extremely grainy and thick image via MGM's new 1080P Blu-ray. I've only seen this film once before and it also looked quite 'less-concerned' with pristine visuals and more prone to textures and capturing stylish spontaneity. The film is more akin to loss and pain and the image is meant to reflect the emotional response. Despite the dual-layered transfer with a very high bitrate there is still some noise but not all films achieve their best presentation value via digital. It would seem impossible to capture the essence of the film succinctly regardless of a medium outside of 35mm. This is probably as good as it will get for your home theater. This Blu-ray exports the film's painterly qualities as strongly as possible. This is, by no mean, a demo disc but supports the film as well as the medium is capable.
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DTS-HD Master Audio stereo at 2116 kbpsis fairly flat but clean and tight. The compositions of Gato Barbieri receive a distant but true audio representation via the lossless track and sound crisp enough without range or depth. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Unfortunately as with the previous DVD - nothing aside from a trailer.
February 9th, 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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