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Trishna [Blu-ray]


(Michael Winterbottom, 2011)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Film i Väst

Video: Artificial Eye



Region: 'B' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:53:12.041

Disc Size: 21,021,705,004 bytes

Feature Size: 34,768,343,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 9th, 2012



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 2172 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2172 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit



English (SDH), none



• Interview with director Michael Winterbottom (11:39)

Interview with actor Riz Ahmed (5:20)

• Deleted Scenes (6:53)

Trailer (1:41)





Description: Based on Thomas Hardy s classic novel Tess of the d Urbervilles, TRISHNA is a beautifully shot, classic tale of love and tragedy set across modern day rural Rajasthan and the thriving metropolis of Mumbai.

Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman, Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed), who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, their relationship must remain a secret due to the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education.

Their problems seem to be solved when Jay takes Trishna to an exciting new world of dance, vibrant life and possibilities - Mumbai. But Trishna harbours a dark secret that threatens the very heart of their love affair, and inequalities remain at the centre of their relationship that will lead her to question Jay's intentions towards her.



The Film:

The film's locations are stunning, vividly photographed, rich in colour. Much of the story takes place in crowded cities that manage to emphasise Trishna's isolation as much as any lonely moor. Amit Trevedi and Shigeru Umebayashi's sweeping score adds to the sense of epic scale, yet the key to the film is in its intimate moments, its close interiors, where the imagery of modernity predominates and Trishna's outsider status is fetishised, diminishing her personhood. Here Pinto carries the film with her eyes, with small gestures speaking for her when there are no words at all.

Trishna is a triumph, a mature and provocative interpretation of a much respected classic, bold in its understanding of desire and graceful in its barely repressed fury. It's every bit as relevant as Hardy's tale and just as difficult and compelling to observe. There was always more to this than purity.

Excerpt from Jennie Kermode at Eye For Film located HERE

Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, a modern retelling of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Ubervilles, stars Frida Pinto as... the title character, a young Indian woman who meets Jay (Riz Ahmed) the son of a rich real estate man. He convinces her to come work in a hotel owned by his father, and because her family is in desperate need of money - and he's charming and handsome -- she accepts. While things go well at first, she becomes pregnant and is forced to leave the job. Though she tries to make it on her own as a dancer, Jay eventually returns and attempts to sweep her of her feet again. Trishna played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Trishna looks impressive on Blu-ray from Artificial Eye with kudos to the wonderful art direction and cinematography.  Shot on HD, the image quality shows a bit of gloss and heaviness associated with that process. It looks consistent with alert pastels and no undue noise. There are hints of depth. This dual-layered Blu-ray has a high bitrate and seems a perfect representation of the original theatrical appearance offering a very strong Home Theater presentation accentuating the more dynamic visuals of the film.















Audio :

Audio gives the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at 2172 kbps or a flatter linear PCM stereo at 1536 kbps. There are some effects but the uncompressed transfer exports Amit Trivedi and Shigeru Umebayashi score with cultural overtones very nicely. There are many important silences, instances of depth in the film and I'd say the HD did a faithful job of rendering the sound portion. There are optional subtitles on the region B-locked Blu-ray disc.


Extras :

Artificial Eye add some supplements - we get a 12-minute interview with director Michael Winterbottom discussing the production and 5-minutes with actor Riz Ahmed on taking the role. There are some interesting Deleted Scenes running about 7-minutes and an HD trailer.



Highly interesting if imperfect take on the classic story. Trishna is a beautiful and intriguing film to have on Blu-ray. I will undoubtedly watch this again as it has some driving importance resonating beneath the surface. There is much to endorse here from the fine performances and cinematography to Winterbottom's precise control of the narrative. 

Gary Tooze

July 4th, 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 focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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