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The Last Emperor Blu-ray

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DigiPack / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1987 | 164 min | Rated PG-13 | Jan 06, 2009

The Last Emperor (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.02:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
DigiPack

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The Last Emperor

 (1987)

The Last Emperor Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated. The power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable—the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Ching dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

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

Starring: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

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The Last Emperor Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.02:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

Those of you who have already taken a look at Criterion's SDVD release of The Last Emperor probably have a pretty good idea what to expect from this Blu-ray disc – a high definition digital transfer supervised and approved by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.

Overall, this is a notably healthy high-definition transfer. Its color-scheme, for example, is rich and natural-looking. Orange, red, green, and blue are all with prominent roles in The Last Emperor, and the high-definition transfer certainly allows them to be as effective as possible. The blacks on the other hand are also convincing - during the first half of the film they are slightly less saturated than they are during the second half (past the Japanese takeover of Manchuria), but healthy and solid looking. Furthermore, the delicate grain-structure of the film is intact. I compared the Blu-ray release with the DVD release and, as far as I am concerned, heavy DNR alterations have not been applied here. I noticed a bit of shimmering as well as digital noise during some of the panoramic vistas (the desert inauguration of the Emperor in particular), but overall I was most definitely pleased with the look of Criterion's high-definition transfer. Finally, I did not detect any disturbing specks, debris, or scratches. (Note:This is a Region-A "locked" release which you won't be able to playback on your Region-B PS3 or SA).


The Last Emperor Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

An English, with portions of Mandarin and Japanese, DTS-HD MA 2.0 mix is what Criterion have provided for their release of The Last Emperor. There is a sizable difference between the DTS-HD MA track the Blu-ray disc boasts and the audio treatment the DVD offers. I could list a number of very specific examples in support of this statement but, suffice to say, you could pick any of the mass scenes from the first half of the film, and compare them with the corresponding scenes on the DVD release (I strongly recommend listening to the large horns in the Forbidden City when the Emperor captures the cricket). The dialog is also crisp and very easy to follow. The English subtitles on the other hand are very well done and free of grammatical errors (I must note that I watched the film with the English subtitles on as I still have a difficult time with some of the accents). This being said, I did not detect any pops, cracks, drop-outs. For the record, the English subtitles are placed inside the image frame.


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