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The Earrings of Madame de... Blu-ray

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DigiPack / Madame de... / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1953 | 100 min | Not rated | Aug 06, 2013

The Earrings of Madame de... (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

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

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The Earrings of Madame de...

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The Earrings of Madame de... Blu-ray features mediocre video and superb audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de (the extraordinary Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay a debt, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls’s adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s incisive fin de siècle novel employs the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned, to ravishing effect.

For more about The Earrings of Madame de... and the The Earrings of Madame de... Blu-ray release, see the The Earrings of Madame de... Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Jean Debucourt
Director: Max Ophüls

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The Earrings of Madame de... Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Max Ophuls' The Earrings of Madame de... arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"This new digital master was produced from a 2012 restoration undertaken by Gaumont. For the restoration, a transfer was created in 2K resolution on an ARRISCAN film scanner from the original 35mm nitrate negative at Eclair Laboratories in Epinay-sur-Seine, France. The original monaural soundtrack was restored from a safety positive made from the sound negative by L.E. Diapason in Epinay-sur-Seine.

Restoration supervisors: Audrey Birrien/Eclair Laboratories, Epinay-sur-Seine, France; Andre Labbouz/Gaumont, Paris.
Colorist: Bruno Patin/Eclair Laboratories, Epinay-sur-Seine, France."

The technical presentation of this very beautiful classic French film is disappointing. There are traces of moderate to strong denoising corrections throughout the entire film. Unsurprisingly, detail and image depth are often seriously compromised. These corrections are very easy to see during different daylight sequences as well as during various indoor close-ups. The most severe corrections, however, are visible during the daylight footage (see how definition has completely collapsed in screencaptures #11 and 12; also, see how in screencapture #20 the hand of the jeweler is filtered out). Because of the various digital corrections that have been applied, motion stability is also problematic. In select sequences when the camera zooms there are various trailing-like effects. The only relatively good news is that contrast levels remain stable. Also, there are absolutely no debris, damage marks, cuts, warps, or stains to report in this review. All in all, The Earrings of Madame de... could have looked quite spectacular in high-definition because it is easy to see that the actual restoration produced marvelous results (see screencapture #2). However, the current presentation of the film is indeed very frustrating. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Earrings of Madame de... Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray disc: French LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

It is easy to tell that the audio has been optimized as best as possible - depth and clarity are very good. The lovely music heard throughout the film is also well rounded and lush. The dialog is clean, easy to follow, and free of clicks, pops, and distortions. The English translation is very good.



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The Earrings of Madame de... Blu-ray, News and Updates



Criterion Announces August Titles - May 15, 2013

The Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in August. On August 6th, the studio will release Max Ophuls' The Earrings of Madame de... (1953). On August 13th, it will release John Frankenheimer's Seconds (1966). On August 20th, it will ...




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