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Trilogy of Life Blu-ray

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DigiPack / The Criterion Collection | The Decameron / The Canterbury Tales / Arabian Nights | Il Decameron / I Racconti di Canterbury / Il fiore delle Mille e una Notte Criterion | 1970-1974 | 3 Movies | 352 min | Not rated | Nov 13, 2012

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

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Italian: LPCM Mono
English: Dolby Digital Mono

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The Decameron
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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BDs)

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Trilogy of Life

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Trilogy of Life Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of medieval literature... and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work. In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge modern consumer culture and celebrate the uncorrupted human body, while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. Filled with scatological humor and a rough-hewn sensuality that leave all modern standards of decency behind, these are carnal, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone.

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

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Dacia Maraini
Starring: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Elisabetta Genovese, Franca Sciutto, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vittorio Fanfoni


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Trilogy of Life Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in their original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted 1080p transfers, the three films in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Trilogy of Life arrive on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The Decameron

The film has a stable organic look. Brightness levels have been toned down and contrast is a lot more consistent throughout the entire film. Close-ups convey better depth, while during the darker sequences clarity is dramatically improved. One of the strongest advantages this release has over the old BFI release is the improved compression. Grain is unquestionably better resolved and more evenly distributed. On the BFI release there are traces of light filtering and electronic noise, as well as compression artifacts. The two releases also have vastly different color-schemes. Here the reds and browns are more prominent while the blacks are better saturated. Lastly, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review. All in all, currently Criterion's release of The Decameron is the best home video release on the market.

The Canterbury Tales

Depth and detail are again superior to those observed on the BFI release. Clarity is also improved. The color-scheme again favors stronger reds and browns, though here they are much closer to the reds and browns from the BFI release. Compression is again vastly superior. This becomes quite obvious during the final third of the film, and especially the footage from Hell. Healthy grain is exposed and easy to see. Additionally, there are no traces of excessive filtering or sharpening corrections. Specks and debris have been removed as best as possible, but there are a few scenes where tiny vertical lines are present (see screencapture #20). I assume that current digital tools could not fully remove them without jeopardizing the integrity of the image. To sum it all up, like The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales also has a much more pleasing and stable organic look.

Arabian Nights

In my opinion, the most dramatic improvements in image quality are in Arabian Nights. Virtually all of the panoramic shots from the desert convey very pleasing depth. The overall stronger color reproduction also makes a big difference, as the richer and better saturated colors are clearly better balanced than those observed on the BFI release. Again, brightness levels appear to have been toned down. Compression is also superior. Some extremely light noise occasionally tries to creep in but it is never distracting. Lastly, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review.

(Note: All three discs are Region-A "locked". Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access their content).


Trilogy of Life Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Each of the three films in the Trilogy of Life comes with a standard Italian LPCM 1.0 track. The Canterbury Tales also comes with an English Dolby Digital 1.0 track approved by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Optional English subtitles are included for each film.

The three lossless Italian tracks are fairly similar. Clarity is very good but dynamic movement is very limited. Obviously, where dubbing was done it is also easy to hear occasional dynamic fluctuations. What is important to note that excluding the source limitations, there are no serious technical issues to report in this review (pops, cracks, excessive hiss, dropouts, distortions). The English translation is very good.



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