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What were they thinking at Studio Canal?
on 11 October 2013
The film of course (even with the changed ending due to censorship reasons) is great. I was looking forward to this blu ray (region B) because I couldn't played the zone A locked Criterion (damn that region system!), so it was very, very frustrating to see such a terrible picture quality! Regardeless of the actual state of the camera negative, this 4 k transfer should have been much better. The colours are terribly faded ( like an old photo from the 60s) and this cannot be the way the director envisioned his film. Not to such a degree at least. The contrast is also very bad and I couldn' put it right even fidgeting with my player and TV picture settiings. Funnily, the sequences shown during the new interview with Delon, offered as an extra, look noticebly better than in the actual film, though not as good as I think they should. I haven't seen the Criterion edition, but i bet it is better. What a pity.