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A Christmas Tale Blu-ray

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Un conte de Noël / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 2008 | 152 min | Unrated | Dec 01, 2009

A Christmas Tale (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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A Christmas Tale

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A Christmas Tale Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

After Junon, their regal matriarch, is diagnosed with cancer and told she requires a bone-marrow transplant from a blood relative, an estranged French family reunites for a holiday gathering complicated by unrequited childhood loves and blinding grudges. Among the feuding family members are Elizabeth, a melancholy playwright with a withdrawn teenage son, and the brother she despises, the charismatic ne'er-do-well Henri, who brings along his new girlfriend.

For more about A Christmas Tale and the A Christmas Tale Blu-ray release, see A Christmas Tale Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Writers: Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigny, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Hippolyte Girardot

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A Christmas Tale Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The disc contains a new, supervised and approved by director Arnaud Desplechin, high-definition transfer created from a 35mm interpositive. (Telecine supervisors: Arnaud Desplechin and Amandine Gazaud. Additional telecine supervision: Lee Kline).

This is a solid transfer! Detail is excellent, clarity terrific and contrast levels consistent throughout the entire film. The close-ups, in particular, are lovely (the camera spends a great deal of time studying the faces of the main protagonists). The color-scheme is also very effective - reds, blues, browns, grays, blacks and whites look rich and healthy. Furthermore, I did not detect any disturbing digital artifacts, strong edge-enhancement, or macroblocking patterns. Additionally, the film grain is kept intact. There are no stability issues to report either. Finally, I did not spot any annoying scratches, debris, stains, or dirt. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" disc. Therefore, unless you have a native Region-A or Region-Free player, you won't be able to access its content).


A Christmas Tale Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.

The audio for A Christmas Tale has been remastered at 24-bit from the original digital audio master files using Pro Tool HD. Unsurprisingly, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track included on this Blu-ray disc is of exceptionally high quality.

A Christmas Tale is a dialog-heavy film; therefore, surround activity is limited. In fact, the only time the surround channels are active is during a few selected scenes where Henri gets a little bit rowdy. The dialog is crisp and very easy to follow. Also, there are absolutely no pops, cracks or hissings that I noticed whiled viewing the film.



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