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Last Year at Marienbad Blu-ray

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DigiPack / L'Année dernière à Marienbad / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1961 | 94 min | Unrated | Jun 23, 2009

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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French: LPCM Mono

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

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Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Last Year at Marienbad

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Last Year at Marienbad Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this absolutely must-own Blu-ray release

In a huge, old-fashioned luxury hotel a stranger tries to persuade a married woman to run away with him, but it seems she hardly remembers the affair they may have had (or not?) last year at Marienbad...

For more about Last Year at Marienbad and the Last Year at Marienbad Blu-ray release, see Last Year at Marienbad Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff, Françoise Bertin, Jean Lanier, Gilles Quéant
Director: Alain Resnais

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Last Year at Marienbad Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

As noted in the booklet provided with this package, the transfer for the Blu-ray release has been personally supervised and approved by Alain Resnais. Additionally, "the new high-definition transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35mm fine-grain master positive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, and Digital Vision's advanced DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction."

I decided to provide the small description above so that people could have a good understanding of what the Blu-ray transfer represents. A couple of days ago, I was forwarded an interesting statement that very much questioned the new look of the film, so hopefully those who have already critiqued the transfer, without seeing it, will now have a better grasp of what is what.

This being said, Criterion's transfer is exceptionally strong and very convincing. Contrast is impeccable, clarity excellent and detail as good as I hoped it would be. The color-scheme is also terrific - the blacks are lush and well saturated, the whites gentle and natural looking, and the variety of grays well toned. As implied above, the transfer is in a remarkably healthy condition - I did not detect any debris, specks, scratches, or dirt to report in this review. All in all, this is yet another fantastic release by Criterion.

I would also like to quickly comment on how the Criterion Blu-ray release compares to the R2 Optimum DVD release. First, if you see both, you should immediately be able to tell that Criterion's transfer has been cleaned up dramatically -- there are hundreds of tiny specks and dots on the Optimum release that could be rather annoying. Second, the color-scheme on the Criterion release is substantially stronger. Third, fine detail is an issue of concern on the Optimum release, but not on the Criterion transfer. Finally, the Criterion transfer is stabilized while the Optimum transfer isn't.


Last Year at Marienbad Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

As requested by Alain Resnais, Criterion have supplied two audio tracks - a newly restored French uncompressed monaural track and the original, unrestored, French mono track (please take a moment to read the tiny note provided at the very end of the booklet supplied by Criterion, which explains why the French director made the request).

I chose to watch Last Year at Marienbad with the newly restored French track (however, I will likely revisit the film soon using the unrestored track) and wasn't disappointed. As noted by Criterion, the monaural soundtrack was remastered from 24-bit from a 35mm optical soundtrack print. For the restored version, clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using the Pro Tools HD system.Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated audio workstation.

Obviously, the results are spectacular. The dialog is crisp, clear and exceptionally easy to follow. I did not detect any balance issues to report in this review either. Additionally, the haunting soundtrack is remarkably potent (and far more convincing than that heard on the Optimum DVD release - if you own the DVD, make sure that you compare it to the Blu-ray). Finally, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.



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Today on Blu-ray - June 23rd - June 23, 2009

Typically after major holidays, the number of new releases dries up for a week or so as studios recover from the push to get content onto store shelves for gift purchases. Unfortunately for Blu-ray fans, Father's Day is considered a major holiday in the home video ...

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Criterion has announced that they will bring the 1957 classic film 'The Seventh Seal' to Blu-ray on June 16th, day-and-date with the DVD re-release. Additionally, they will bring Alain Resnais' 'Last Year at Marienbad' to Blu-ray a week later, on June 23rd, day-and-date ...


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