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France | Germany | Italy 1995

 

Legendary directors Michelangelo Antonioni (L'avventura) and Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) teamed up to create this modern masterpiece. "Beyond the Clouds" Told from the dreamlike perspective of a wandering film director, the movie weaves four stories of love and lust, inspired by Antonioni's book about enigmatic, unrequited or unresolved relationships. Set in several beautiful European locales such as Portofino and Paris, the film uses striking compositions, sensuous shots of lovely nudes and a moving musical score to create a radiant meditation on love and desire. The film features music from Van Morrison, U2, and Brian Eno and boasts an eclectic international cast including John Malkovich, Sophie Marceau, Irene Jacob, Jean Reno, Peter Weller, Vincent Perez, Fanny Ardant and special appearances by screen legends Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau.

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Theatrical Release: October 27th, 1995

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DVD Review: Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:49:36 
Video 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English (burned-in for non-English dialogue/text)
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Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

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DVD Release Date: February 26th, 2013

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The Olive DVD of Antonioni's Beyond the Clouds is a transferred to a dual-layered disc. The image quality shows some weaknesses - most prominently some edge enhancement. It appears to be at a low enough frequency not to be bothersome to those unaware of its presence. Different sequences have different levels of EE ( the scenes with Jean Reno look especially frail). I know the old Image Entertainment SD transfer had similar issues and it may be a function of the D1 source as Olive never seem to go in for digital manipulations. I wouldn't say it is fatal but some sensitive to the weaknesses will notice it. I thought it occasionally looked vertically stretched but it may have been my eyes playing tricks on me.  

P.S. - Thanks to Per-Olaf for sending three caps of the now out-of-print Image Entertainment disc.

Audio is unremarkable but close, I'll wager, to the way it was produced. The Van Morrison, U2, and Brian Eno music sounded quite good. There are burned-in subtitles for the non-English dialogue. This is a region 1-locked disc.

There are no extras at all.

I enjoyed the film knowing well in advance that this is not premium Antonioni. I enjoyed the female performers (Marceau, Jacob and Ardant). I found it a sensual and revealing film. I would think the director's fans will wish to indulge. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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