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Tous les Matins du Monde aka All the Mornings of the World [Blu-ray]
(Alain Corneau, 1991)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Film Par Film
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 39,994,581,921 bytes
Feature Size: 26,866,409,472 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.00 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: November 19th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1869 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1869 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
English (SDH), none
•Making of Featurette (10:24)
• Trailer (1:41)
• Interviews (54:19)
6-page liner notes leaflet with photos and an essay by Robert Horton
Description: One of the most celebrated motion pictures ever to explore the art of music Tous les Matins du Monde tells a provocative tale of romance, lust, desire and intrigue. Based on the lives of 17th century French composer Sainte Colombe and his protagonist Marin Marais the film stars Academy Award-nominee Gerard Depardieu (Best Actor - Cyrano de Bergerac) and includes a classical soundtrack per formed by Jordi Savall which brought renewed interest to the music of this period.
Jazzman-turned-director Alain Corneau brings his extensive musical savvy to All the Mornings of the World. Jean-Pierre Marielle stars as legendary 17th-century baroque composer and cellist M. de Saint Colombe. Believing the only "true" music is that which is written down, Sainte Colombe is vehemently opposed to performing in public. This stance is challenged by the composer's protégé, Marin Marais (Gerard Depardieu), a man of more commercial sensibilities. Leisurely and luxurious, All the Mornings of the World deservedly swept France's Cesar Awards (the Gallic equivalent of the Oscars). Watch for Gerard Depardieu's real-life son Guillaume Depardieu as the younger Marin Marais. All the Mornings is better known by its original French title, Tous les Matins du Monde.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
For all his success as court composer at Versailles, the aged Marin Marais (Gérard Depardieu) acknowledges the spiritual emptiness of his music. Lost in memories, he recalls another master of the viola da gamba, Monsieur de Sainte Colombe (Marielle), whose magnificent, melancholy compositions and hermetic life style, away from the tempting glamours of Paris, were inspired by undying love for his late wife. Not a warm man, Sainte Colombe had consented to tutor Marin Marais in his prodigious youth (Guillaume Depardieu), a favour which the pupil repaid by seducing one of Sainte Colombe's daughters (Brochet). Only years later had he taken to heart the real lesson his master had to offer... From its lengthy, opening close-up of Depardieu's face, it's clear that Corneau's 17th century fable will be no ordinary costume drama. The story is slow, stately, and told with minimal dialogue, with Corneau trusting to Yves Angelo's painterly camerawork - and even more importantly, to the lovely baroque music - to give his admirably restrained tale of passion, betrayal and creativity its emotional power. The cast, too, play beautifully.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Tour les Matins du Monde is a beautiful, and award-wining, period film that has arrived on Blu-ray from E-One Entertainment. The transfer is impressive producing a crisp, film-like image in 1080P. This is dual-layered for the nearly 2-hour film and the bitrate supports the video extremely well. Daylight scenes produce depth and there are quite a few very dark scenes that seem to have shunned artificial lighting in keeping with the 17th Century period. I saw no untoward noise. This Blu-ray is very clean and consistent with strong contrast and muted colors. Flesh tones appear accurate and there is a fine layer of grain in the 1.66:1, original, aspect ratio frame. All good on the visual-front.
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Audio comes with two options - a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1869 kbps and a simple Dolby 2.0 channel - both in original French. The audio quality is most noticeable in the film's music - a score by Jordi Savall and music compositions by, of course, Marin Marais and Sainte-Colombe. It sounds as good as the video looks and is quite impressive with the viol (viola da gamba), and other instruments, sounding exquisitely authentic supporting both the high-end and bass depth of the strings. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
E-One include some supplements (in French with English subtitles). We get a 10-minute, standard, Making of... featurette and almost 55-minutes of interviews with the filmmakers, predominantly director Alain Corneau but also Jean-Pierre Marielle and others. There is a lot to discuss about the details of the production. There is also a trailer and the package contains a 6-page liner notes leaflet with photos and an essay by Robert Horton.
November 18th, 2013
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