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Cyrano de Bergerac [Blu-ray]
(Michael Gordon, 1950)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,566,115,790 bytes
Feature Size: 20,490,891,264 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 18th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 887 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 887 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Recreating his stage role, Jose‚ Ferrer (Moulin Rouge) stars as Edmond Rostand's Cyrano, a 17th-century French cavalier, poet and master swordsman. This beloved tale of romance and swashbuckling came to the screen in this lavish production from producer Stanley Kramer (Judgment at Nuremberg). Cyrano is madly in love with the beautiful Roxanne (Mala Powers), but assumes that she'd never love him back due to his cathedral of a nose, so he reluctantly aids the handsome, but simple Christian (William Prince) in the pursuit of his one true love. Ferrer won the 1950 Best Actor Academy Award and Golden Globe for his brilliant and heartbreaking performance. Directed with luster by Michael Gordon (Pillow Talk) with a rousing score by Dimitri Tiomkin (Rio Bravo) and adapted for the screen by Carl Foreman (The Guns of Navarone).
Carl Foreman, who wrote the screenplay, even planned and constructed the
film in five major phases conforming to the five scenes of its
performance on the stage. And Michael Gordon, the director, has seen to
it that it is played in the formalized groupings and manners of
theatrical costume romance. One significant scene has been added; Cyrano
is now permitted to fight the "hundred men" at the Porte de Nesle which
is only talked about on the stage. And the famous song of the cadets of
Gascoyne has been discreetly overlooked.
Cyrano de Bergerac is a swashbuckler unto itself. Since it first saw the light of night on a Parisian stage in 1897, it never goes long unperformed in some form or other. Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner are reviving Edmond Rostand's plumed, caped evergreen on Broadway. In Michigan, a new operatic version by David Di Chiera is being unveiled. Nor has it been ignored on film. Christian Coquelin, who originated the role, recorded a soliloquy in one of the first attempts at recorded sound on film. Gerard Depardieu starred in a 1990 version resplendent with idiomatic rightness and France's collective affection for it as a cultural treasure. Steve Martin's Roxanne (1987) remains a sweet contemporary reimagining. But the one everyone refers to, the one against which the rest are invariably measured, is the 1950 Cyrano de Bergerac starring Jose Ferrer.Excerpt from TCM located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Standard stuff for an Olive Blu-ray transfer of a vintage film - meaning it looks quite strong with great contrast layering, solid detail and a bit of grain. This is only single-layered and has some minor speckles - more the condition of the source. There is no noise and visuals lean to the thinner end of the spectrum. The Blu-ray provides a rewarding, enjoyable presentation and the 1080P resolution easily advances over an SD rendering. Cyrano de Bergerac is a great film!
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The score by Dimitri Tiomkin is lively and full of fun adding excitement to the sword fights. There is no depth or range to speak of but the DTS-HD Master mono track at a modest 887 kbps does the job well enough to support the presentation without any dynamic intent. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with their releases.
September 12th, 2012
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 5000 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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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