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Tess Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Dual Format Edition / Blu-ray + DVD BFI Video | 1979 | 171 min | Rated BBFC: 12 | Mar 18, 2013

Tess (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.93 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 5.0 of 55.0
Audio 5.0 of 55.0
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal

 
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Romance32%

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Tess

 (1979)

Tess Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Tess Durbeyfield, a strong-willed peasant girl, is sent by her father to the estate of local aristocrats, the d'Urbervilles, to capitalize on a flawed rumor their families are from the same line. Unfortunately, her ideals cannot prevent her from sliding further and further into despair and misfortune after she becomes pregnant by Alec d'Urberville, the passionate and unethical son of a wealthy merchant.

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

Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth (I), Leigh Lawson, Tom Chadbon, Lesley Dunlop, Arielle Dombasle
Director: Roman Polanski

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Tess Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Roman Polanski's Tess arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of the British Film Institute.

The high-definition transfer has been sourced from the same outstanding Pathe/Eclair Group and Le Diapason 4K restoration of Tess that was first introduced via Pathe's Blu-ray release of Polanski's film. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the two releases are not identical. It appears that on the BFI release brightness levels have been slightly elevated. Unless one has seen the two releases and knows exactly where to look these discrepancies will probably be difficult to spot, but they are indeed present. For example, see screencapture #9 and compare it to screencapture #3 from our review of the Pathe release. The minor discrepancy can also be observed in panoramic shots. Again, compare screencapture #2 to screencapture #11 from our review of the Pathe release. In both cases you should be able to see that Pathe's high-definition transfer is slightly darker. Detail and clarity, however, are identical. Depth is again very impressive. Color saturation and stability are also outstanding (see the light yet so natural colors in screencapture #4). Furthermore, there are no traces of excessive degraining and sharpening corrections. Also, there are absolutely no damage marks, scratches, cuts, or warps to report in this review. There are no problematic frame transitions or other more serious stability issues either. All in all, Pathe's restoration of Tess is truly fantastic, for the first time allowing one to experience the film as its creator intended. (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).


Tess Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There are two standard audio tracks on this release: English LPCM 2.0 and English Dolby Digital 5.1. For the record, the BFI have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they split the image frame and the black bar below it.

Unlike the Pathe release, which had lossless French and English 5.1 tracks, the BFI release comes only with one lossless English 2.0 track. This is somewhat surprising, but not disappointing. The 2.0 track retains the very good range of nuanced dynamics, while the dialog is as crisp and stable as it is on the Pathe release. There are no audio dropouts or problematic distortions to report in this review.



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BFI Details Tess - February 1, 2013

The British Film Institute has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Dual Format edition of director Roman Polanski's Tess (1979), starring Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across ...

Tess Blu-ray - October 26, 2012

The British Film Institute has revealed that it is planning to release on Blu-ray director Roman Polanski's Tess (1979), starring Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth and Leigh Lawson. Exact technical specs, supplemental features and region coding status are yet to be ...


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