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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

Video: E-One



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:54:52.885

Disc Size: 39,994,581,921 bytes

Feature Size: 26,866,409,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.00 Mbps

Chapters: 16

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.



The Film:

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.


















Audio :

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.


Extras :

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.



What a beautiful, and sad, film about withdrawal, loneliness, obsession, acceptance... Tour les Matins du Monde expresses so much and the keen performances add to the cinematic value.  It's quite brilliant - a near masterpiece. Some may not embrace the deliberate pacing but I thoroughly enjoyed the film and the 1080P presentation, and lossless audio, makes this a strong Blu-ray recommendation!

Gary Tooze

November 18th, 2013


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.

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