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Dangerous Liaisons Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1988 | 120 min | Rated R | Feb 07, 2012

Dangerous Liaisons (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
German: Dolby Digital 2.0
Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0
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English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German SDH, Italian SDH, Danish, Dutch… (more)

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

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Romance100%
Drama75%
Period34%
Erotic33%
Melodrama31%
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Dangerous Liaisons

 (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

It is pre-Revolution France. The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte de Valmot (John Malkovich) are decadent members of the Paris aristocracy. The Marquise challenges the Vicomte to conquer young Cecile (Uma Thurman), the wife-to-be of an old friend. However, the perverse Vicomte prefers to work upon the seduction of Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer), a married and moral young aquaintance. The sexual and social repercussions of the seduction has disastrous effects.

For more about Dangerous Liaisons and the Dangerous Liaisons Blu-ray release, see Dangerous Liaisons Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: Christopher Hampton
Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves, Swoosie Kurtz

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Dangerous Liaisons Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

As Frears and Hampton note in their commentary, the photographic style for much of Dangerous Liaisons was borrowed from two previous period films, Fellini's Casanova and Barry Lyndon, where the brightest light source in the frame for key scenes is a candle. This challenging approach can yield a detailed image in the hands of a talented cinematographer like the Oscar-winning Philippe Rousselot (A River Runs Through It), but there's no way to avoid seeing the grain. Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray retains both the detail and the grain, but viewers expecting that Blu-ray treatment will instantly convert this stylized period piece into a glossy Downton Abbey-like production will be disappointed. This was an analog creation from the photochemical world, and that's what the Blu-ray supplies.

That the Blu-ray's reproduction of fine detail is impressive becomes evident as soon as one begins to study the patterns of fabrics and lace in James Acheson's Oscar-winning costumes, or the details in the furniture and decor in the Oscar-winning production design by Stuart Craig and Gérard James. That the muted colors and variable shadows of the many night interiors are accurately reproduced can be verified by reference to the late sequence depicting an outdoor duel in the snow near dawn, which could almost be in black-and-white and demonstrates that the transfer is capable of depicting both accurately. Daytime scenes, especially in the countryside, where natural light is more abundant, provide an array of subtly varying and distinctive colors.

The grain patterns appear natural and undisturbed by digital manipulation. Indeed, there were moments, especially in wide shots, when it appeared to my eye that the grain might have picked up some additional video noise on its route from the analog to the digital realm. It seems, however, that Warner is so firmly against the use of DNR that it would rather leave in the noise than risk taking out the grain. I did not encounter any of the typical artifacts that result from artificial sharpening, nor were there any compression artifacts.

(Additional note: A poster on another board who received an early copy of this title reported major distortion commencing with chapter 6 (when Valmont visits the peasant home) and spoke ominously of a "botched job". I have now played the review copy on three different setups (a Panasonic BD-50, a PS3 and a BD-ROM drive) and have seen no such problem.)


Dangerous Liaisons Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Dangerous Liaisons was released to theaters in stereo. The original track was remixed for 5.1 for the film's 1997 DVD, and the Blu-ray appears to contain the same track in a lossless DTS-HD MA presentation. The remix is conservative, keeping the voices and effects in the front and using the discrete format to expand the space in which George Fenton's score accentuates the drama (with assistance from Bach, Handel and Vivaldi). The orchestral arrangements sound perfectly fine in this presentation, but they don't have quite the sweep or the dynamic range that one might expect from a contemporary recording. The bass extension isn't as deep, the top end is a bit thin, and the mid-range isn't as full and well-rounded as in the best reproductions, but these are minor quibbles. The dialogue is certainly clear, a result not only of the recording but of the quality of the actors' delivery; they're playing articulate characters who speak in a stylized but contemporary idiom, and it's a point of pride to make their words understood, because those words are an essential part of their deceptive games.



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