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La Promesse Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1996 | 94 min | Not rated | Aug 14, 2012

La Promesse (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
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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Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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La Promesse

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La Promesse Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

15-year-old Igor and his father Roger run a hostel for illegal immigrants. Peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium, their lives are ruled by scams, lies and swindling. But when an African worker dies on the job, Igor's childhood innocence comes to an end, and he is forced to decide between keeping a promise he made to the dying man, and the betrayal of his morally bankrupt father.

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

Starring: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo, Jean-Michel Balthazar, Frédéric Bodson
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

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La Promesse Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, La Promesse arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"Supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, this new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35mm blowup interpositive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Transfer supervisors: Lee Kline, Alain Marcoen.
Colorist: Mike Joris/Studio l'Equipe, Brussels."

The Blu-ray release represents a dramatic upgrade in quality over the out of print DVD release New Yorker Video produced back in 2001. Virtually all aspects of the presentation, from detail to clarity and color reproduction, has gained a degree of stability that is simply missing from the DVD release. Despite the shaky camera work, the close-ups boast strong depth and definition, while the larger shots convey pleasing clarity. Colors are stable, never looking boosted or collapsing during darker sequences. Contrast fluctuates, but the fluctuations are a side effect of the raw cinematography. Some darker sequences also have softer than usual grain, but the softness can again be traced back to the original cinematography (see screencapture #14). There are no traces of excessive denoising or sharpening. There are no serious stability issues either. Lastly, it is obvious that various flecks and scratches have been removed as there are plenty on the DVD release that are not present on the Blu-ray release. All in all, this is a strong and competent presentation of La Promesse that is extremely easy to recommend. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access it content).


La Promesse Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 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.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The film was released theatrically with a 2.0 surround soundtrack. The disc, however, features a 5.1 surround soundtrack, remastered at 24-bit from the original LCRS magnetic masters used for the theatrical mix. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

The films of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne almost always have very basic sound designs. La Promesse is not an exception - dynamic movement is very modest and despite the fact that the film now has a 5.1 track surround movement is extremely limited. This compact sound adds to the film's rawness. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. The English translation is very good.



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