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Le Week-End [Blu-ray]
(Roger Michell, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Film 4
Video: Curzon Film World
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 48,531,998,131 bytes
Feature Size: 24,854,962,176 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 10th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1877 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1877 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
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps /
English (SDH), none
•Audio commentary with director Roger Michell and producer Ken Loader
• Interview with Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan (7:46)
• Le Week-End black and white (1:33:03, 18.3 Gig, 23 Mbps)
Roger Michell and Hanif
• Sketchbook (3:20)
Description: LE WEEK-END is a beautifully observed and poignant story of a long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) who return to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon to revitalize their marriage. While there, they run into an old friend (Goldblum) who transforms their thoughts on life and their love for one another. Directed by Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL).
Director Roger Michell's Le Week-end stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as Nick and Meg, a British couple celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway in Paris. As they travel around the city, they revisit the highs and lows of their relationship, fight about their faults, and continue to run out of restaurants without paying the bill. They meet up with an old colleague of Nick's and attend a dinner party at his house, leading to some painful truths being spoken aloud. Jeff Goldblum co-stars in this romantic drama that screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film FestivalExcerpt from MRQE located HERE
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play Nick and Meg Burrows, a philosophy
lecturer and a biology teacher who return to Paris 30 years after their
honeymoon to see what has changed. The answer, of course, is them. Their
old hotel seems smaller and stuffier than it was, the staircases
steeper, the cobbles more treacherous.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Le Week-End gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Curzon Film World. It is solidly into dual-layered territory also offering the 1.5 hour feature in black and white (1080P) as well as color. I sampled both - surprisingly, for me, leaning to the color - where hues are occasionally bold, tight and rich. The HD supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and some minor depth in the 2.35:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering but I wouldn't say it was overly dynamic. This Blu-ray seems to give a reasonable HD presentation and the ability to, also, watch it in black and white is appealing.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
(Color - Blu-ray - TOP vs. Black and White- Blu-ray - BOTTOM)
Options of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1877 kbps or a less dynamic linear PCM 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps. Everything sounded clean with a few, non-descript, separations in the surround. Jeremy Sams' jazz-infused score adds greatly to the presentation - and it probably the biggest beneficiary to the uncompressed track. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Curzon include a commentary from director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader who, generally, support each other's points regarding the production locations, cinematographic style and intricacies of the characters. It's quite good! We get the, aforementioned, black and white film experience - at a reasonable 18.3 Gig file size and 23 Mbps video bitrate, plus interviews with Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan running about 7.5 minutes and another with Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi running just over 9-minutes. There is, lastly, a cool Behind the Scenes and Sketchbook video piece.
March 7th, 2014
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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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