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Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray

France
Portrait d'une enfant déchue Carlotta Films | 1970 | 105 min | Unrated | Feb 22, 2012

Puzzle of a Downfall Child (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Subtitles
French

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region B (locked)

Price
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Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
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Puzzle of a Downfall Child

 (1970)

Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York...

For more about Puzzle of a Downfall Child and the Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray release, see Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Barry Primus (I), Viveca Lindfors, Barry Morse, Roy Scheider, Barbara Carrera
Director: Jerry Schatzberg

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Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Jerry Schatzberg's Puzzle of a Downfall Child arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of French distributors Carlotta Films.

Recently restored and screened in the 'Classics' section of the Cannes Film Festival, Puzzle of a Downfall Child looks lovely on Blu-ray. Generally speaking, most close-ups convey very pleasing depth (see screencapture #3) and good clarity. Some of the panoramic shots, such as the ones seen in the very beginning of the film, have elevated contrast levels and/or manipulated colors, but these are intended visual enhancements (see the bits with the Chinese fisherman). A few of the memory flashbacks also look slightly softer.
Some extremely light noise corrections have been applied, but the grain structure is very much intact. Unsurprisingly, the film has a pleasing organic look. Additionally, there are no traces of problematic post-production sharpening, though there are a couple of shooting sessions with plenty of bright lights that create the illusion that some sharpening might have been performed (see screencapture #13). Needless to say, the effect is created by the powerful projectors, and as the rest of the screencaptures convey edge-enhancement is not a serious issue of concern. There are no aliasing or banding patterns to report in this review either. To sum it all up, Puzzle of a Downfall Child is a beautiful and very elegant film that has been given a new life by French distributors Carlotta Films. (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).


Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0. For the record, Carlotta Films have provided optional French subtitles for the main feature.

Michael Small's soundtrack has a very important role in the film - it basically separates Lou's dreams from reality. Most of the time some of the melodies also reflect specific moods and feelings. The loseless audio track allows the soundtrack to breathe, and elsewhere, where music is absent, opens up the film quite well. Its overall dynamic amplitude, however, is rather limited. The dialog is very crisp, clean, always stable and easy to follow. There are sync issues or problematic dropouts and background hiss is not an issue of concern.


Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray, News and Updates



Carlotta Films: Renoir, Kobayashi, Powell and Pressburger in 2012 - December 1, 2011

Last week, Carlotta Films announced that they will release on Blu-ray Jerry Schatzberg's Puzzle of a Downfall Child (February 22). Now the French distributors have revealed that they are also planning to release on Blu-ray Jean Renoir's The River (March 21), Michael ...

Puzzle of a Downfall Child Blu-ray - November 26, 2011

Independent French distributors Carlotta Films have revealed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray director Jerry Schatzberg's Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), starring Faye Dunaway, Viveca Lindfors, Barry Primus, and Roy Scheider. The film was recently ...


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