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Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition Blu-ray

United Kingdom
DigiPack / Children of Paradise | Limited Edition Packaging Second Sight | 1945 | 190 min | Rated BBFC: PG | Sep 17, 2012

Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English

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

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DigiPack

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition

 (1945)

Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition Blu-ray features mediocre video and superb audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

This tragic tale centers around the ill-fated love between Baptiste, a theater mime, and Claire Reine, an actress and otherwise woman-about-town who calls herself Garance. Garance, in turn, is loved by three other men: Frederick, a pretentious actor; Lacenaire, a conniving thief; and Count Eduard of Monteray. The story is further complicated by Nathalie, an actress who is in love with Baptiste. Garance and Baptiste meet when Garance is falsely accused of stealing a man's watch. Garance is forced to enter the protection of Count Eduard when she is innocently implicated in a crime committed by Lacenaire. In the intervening years of separation, both Garance and Baptiste become involved in loveless relationships with the Count and Nathalie, respectively.

For more about Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition and the Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition Blu-ray release, see Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, María Casares, Gaston Modot
Director: Marcel Carné

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Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Marcel Carne's Children of Paradise arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Second Sight Films.

I was asked to review this release because some of our readers were apparently hoping that it might be better than the disappointing Criterion release of Marcel Carne's legendary film. I was fairly certain that it won't be because it was pretty clear to me that the various very serious issues that plague the release could not have possibly originated in the U.S. Now having seen the Region-B release, it is perfectly clear to me that all of the issues point back to France, where the film was meticulously restored. For the record, I do not wish to speculate exactly where they originated from or who was responsible for what. But since Pathe are behind the restoration of the film, I think it is fair to assume that they are indeed the party that determined a lot of things.

All of the serious issues from the Criterion release are present here. Traces of moderate to heavy filtering corrections, for instance, can be seen throughout the entire film. Especially where light is restricted, the damage from the filtering is quite severe (see screencapture #16, which is matched with another screencapture from our review of the Criterion release, where the face and arms of the man are more or less filtered out). Many close-ups are also disappointingly flat and soft (see screencapture #13). Furthermore, the heavy filtering has also destabilized color saturation and density. For example, many times where one should be seeing proper blacks there are large blocks of gray. Needless to say, definition there also suffers a lot. Contrast is also compromised. There is heavy smearing in various parts of the film as well, at times almost completely throwing off the little detail that has been retained (take a look at screencapture #15, lower left corner). All in all, at this point I think it is fair to conclude that after Children of Paradise was meticulously restored in 4K, somewhere along the way before it ended up on Blu-ray the film was seriously damaged with powerful digital tools. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Les Enfants du Paradis - Restored Edition Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: French LPCM 2.0. For the record, Second Sight Films have provided imposed English subtitles for the main feature (they cannot be turned off).

The sound is crisp and stable. Clearly, various stabilizations have been performed, while background hiss has been removed. There are no pops, cracks, audio dropouts or distortions to report in this review.



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