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Red Desert Blu-ray

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Il deserto rosso / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1964 | 117 min | Not rated | Jun 22, 2010

Red Desert (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (35.21 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Italian: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

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

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Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Red Desert

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Red Desert Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Giuliana is a woman who, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, struggles to discover meaning, peace and serenity within the desolate and industrialized town where she lives. Plagued by mental anguish as the result of a past automobile accident, Giuliana first seeks comfort by having an affair with one of her husband's close friends. Ultimately left dissatisfied by the affair, Giuliana returns to her wandering, forever seeking solace from her angst. Additionally burdened by the illness of her only child, Giuliana recedes further and further into neurotic isolation as the surrounding urban environment threatens to consume her.

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

Starring: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi, Rita Renoir, Aldo Grotti
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

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Red Desert 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, Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert arrives Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit HD 2K Datacine from the original 35mm camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while Digital Vision's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction."

This is a strong high-definition transfer. Fine object detail is impressive, clarity very good and contrast levels consistent throughout the entire film. The color-scheme of this high-definition transfer, however, is not identical to that of BFI's high-definition transfer (please see our review for the Region-B Blu-ray release of Red Desert). I've tried to match at least four different screencaptures from the two releases, and as you could see, the light green-blue tint from the BFI release has been replaced with a much stronger red tint on the Criterion release. Obviously, I cannot produce a conclusive opinion as to which one is more accurate as I am not an expert on the issue, but I prefer the color-scheme of the BFI high-definition transfer. Furthermore, sharpness levels appear practically identical, with Criterion's perhaps looking slightly stronger at times. I also noticed some mild contrast boosting, and during a couple of scenes also mild edge-enhancement. Additionally, the indoor scenes also look slightly darker. Generally speaking, the film grain is intact, but minor noise corrections have been applied. There are no serious stability issues. I also did not see any large cuts, splices, marks, or stains to report in this review. (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 its content).


Red Desert Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: Italian LPCM Mono. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

According to the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc, the soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from a 35mm optical track print. As a result, stability and fluidity have been greatly improved. The dialog is clean, crisp, and easy to follow. Giovanni Fusco's unique music score also sounds very impressive. To sum it all up, the audio treatment is very strong, and in my opinion identical to that of the BFI release.



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Criterion’s Three Reasons Trailer: Red Desert - March 24, 2011

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