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Midnight in Paris [Blu-ray]
(Woody Allen, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Gravier Productions
Video: Sony Pictures
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,116,588,712 bytes
Feature Size: 22,097,080,320 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 20th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2373 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2373 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1943 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1943 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none
• Midnight in Cannes (4:57 in 1080P)
• Cast and Crew Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer (2:04 in 1080P)
Description: This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write again: Woody Allen has made
a wonderful new picture, "Midnight in Paris," and it's his best,
most enjoyable work in years.
The definitive poem in English on the subject of cultural nostalgia may
be a short verse by Robert Browning called “Memorabilia.” It begins with
a gasp of astonishment — “Ah, did you once see Shelley plain?” — and
ends with a shrug: “Well I forget the rest.” Isn’t that always how it
goes? The past seems so much more vivid, more substantial, than the
present, and then it evaporates with the cold touch of reality. The good
old days are so alluring because we were not around, however much we
wish we were.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Midnight in Paris arrives on Blu-ray from Sony in a single-layered but very bright transfer. There is a bit of a golden hue at times but the colors standout very nicely adding even more impressive beauty to the 'City of Lights'. There is no overly noticeable noise and although detail is modest the overall presentation certainly doesn't suffer. The bitrate is middling and the image quality isn't about to be considered 'demo' but it still supports the film without nagging flaws. This Blu-ray has a consistent look with solid contrast and I doubt it has any dramatic differences, visually, from the theatrical appearance. It gave me a great viewing with some surprisingly stunning cinematography in the opening.
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We get a DTS-HD Master 3.0 channel at 2373 kbps and things are kept pretty basic but clear with minor depth notable in the score which offers some pleasing original music by Stephane Wrembel that embodies the Woody-tone. There is also a French-language DUB and subtitle options.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked although it is available in region 'B'.
Many Woody Allen films-to-digital are bare-bones but this has the brief Midnight in Cannes - a press conference style gathering with Woody surrounded by the cast - running just under 5-minutes, plus a Cast and Crew Gallery and a theatrical trailer - all in 1080P.
December 12th, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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