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Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Boreal Film
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,501,079,293 bytes
Feature Size: 23,660,064,768 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.90 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 25th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1941 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1941 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English, None
• Trailer (3:40)
Claude Chabrol (Le Boucher)
directs the inspired-by-Shakespeare cinematic gem Ophélia,
starring Alida Valli (The Third Man).
In this curious and inventive drama, director and co-writer Claude Chabrol purloins the Hamlet story from a certain Elizabethan bard, and has his characters move along the same plot outlines. Yvan (Andre Jocelyn) is overcome by grief when his father, a noted businessman, dies and is buried in their small town. Yvan's anger boils up as he watches his mother flirt with his father's brother, and he only feels worse when the two get married. The small-minded, gossiping townspeople carry on behind his back and one day, when Yvan sees a theater marquee advertising "Hamlet" he decides to set out proving that his mother and his father's brother connived to poison his father.Excerpt from B+N located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Ophélia arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered but the black and white film looks very strong in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio with solid, layered, contrast and decent detail. The Blu-ray is exceptionally clean and I saw no noise or artifacts. It was a very pleasing presentation.
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Olive use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1941 kbps (24-bit) in the original French language. Not much in the way of effects and the transfer handles it all without issue. The mysterious score is by Pierre Jansen who has worked on a number of Chabrol films including The Third Lover, Ten Days Wonder, Le Boucher, La femme infidèle and Les Biches to name a few. There are no optional, English, yellow subtitles (see sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only onesupplement - a trailer.
April 20th, 2017
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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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