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You Will Be My Son aka Tu seras mon fils [Blu-ray]
(Gilles Legrand, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: EpithŔte Films
Video: Cohen Media Group
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,151,804,187 bytes
Feature Size: 19,172,603,904 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.00 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: February 25th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio French 2107 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2107 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
• Interview with LorÓnt Deutsch and director Gilles Legrand (14:37 in 1080P)
• Deleted Scenes (9:06 in 480i)
• Original Trailer (2:25)
Description: The austere proprietor of a family-owned vineyard clashes with his ambitious son over the future of the wine estate in this moody melodrama from director Gilles Legrand (Malabar Princess, The Maiden and the Wolves). Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) takes nothing in life more seriously than the future of his precious vineyard. He longs for a progeny to take over the business one day, but sees his son Martin (LorÓnt Deutsch) as lazy, and unfit for the job. When the son (Nicolas Bridet) of Paul's moribund estate manager (Patrick Chesnais) displays the skill and drive to sustain the thriving business, the growing divide between father and son threatens to turn tragic
Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is the passionate,
demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate.
But he has no faith in his son, Martin (LorÓnt Deutsch), who
works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working,
successful son—a dream that one day seemingly materializes
when he meets Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his
dying estate manager (Patrick Chesnais). Can Paul turn
against his own blood and turn Philippe into the rightful
heir of his family estate?
Lustrously photographed in a Saint-╔milion vineyard, this classic tale of father-son rivalry tackles complex issues like tradition, legacy, heredity and honour within a darkly brooding drama that’s superbly played by a fine cast led by the compelling Niels Arestrup.Excerpt from Empire Online located HERE
The most quietly terrifying presence in film today belongs to a
gray-haired, 64-year-old French actor with a Danish name. If you are
familiar with Niels Arestrup's work, you don't need any convincing. If
you're not, "You Will Be My Son" is all the persuading you'll
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
You Will Be My Son on Blu-ray from Cohen Media. The film has some beautiful shots, and the singular layered transfer, with modest bitrate, seems to pick up the vibrant outdoor colors. There is minor depth and close-ups are pleasing. I'd love to compare it to the UK or French 1080P releases because I can't help suspect that a more robust transfer would have brought out detail to a, slightly, higher level. I might have seen one or two slight instances of noise (dark cellar) but I wouldn't say it was distracting. It's a nicely shot film but I found the visuals only impressive from the cinematography standpoint - not the transfer. This Blu-ray video is gave me a presentable viewing, but I, just, had the feeling it was 'underachieving' a little.
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Cohen transfer the audio via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 2107 kbps in original French. There aren't many effects, but the score by Armand Amar (Home, London River, Days of Glory) sounds solid. I also heard some Vivaldi in the opening that was very crisp. There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' although the film in 1080P is available in region 'B'.
Cohen add some supplements - a, revealing, 15-minute interview with LorÓnt Deutsch and director Gilles Legrand in French with English subtitles. There are less than 10-minutwes of deleted scenes, a trailer and the package has an 8-page leaflet with photos, chapter titles etc.
February 19th, 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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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