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Cry 'God for Harry, England, and this BD!',
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This review is from: Henry V [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
1080p, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (dual mono), English subtitles only, but very clear and well-lettered. 1.33:1 aspect ratio - which most importantly for those with odd plasmas like mine that decide to put sidebars in distracting light grey, ITV have thoughtfully centred the film within their own black background.
A very, very interesting and instructional commentary by some film historian called Bruce, artistically in every way you'll learn that Olivier knew what he was about. Portrait stills of the actors. Promotional material - posters and flyers. A fantastic digital copy of the original 'Lecture Material' that was distributed with reels for instructional use in 'factories and schools'. Very educational.
The front cover does not lie - this be clear and bright and the vivid mediaeval colours are faithfully brought back to life. Specially remastered for this release it is a blu-ray success story. Finally you can see the film you've only seen before in the beaming still photos. Do realise though that this be old; there are a rare few shots which have not stood the test of time and colour stability can fluctuate.
As for the film itself, this is stirring stuff and for many reasons, Olivier not the least, the play will never be bettered at the cinema. The production sets are obviously fake and stagey but done stylistically in a wonderful and atmospheric way based on mediaeval paintings and are not shown-up by blu-ray detail - in fact I wondered how they managed to put a faraway castle on a real hill - was it cardboard, did they paint on film, superimpose? Even the outside location filming is excellent.
The original soundtrack is superb and still the best rendition of Walton's music, from the rollicking beginning to the ineffably sweet Touch her soft lips and part.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll invade France - your brain will get bigger just by listening to Larry's enunciation - what more can you ask?
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2010 10:01:25 BDT
Mike Yates says:
Good review, but suggest you check out your plasma's manual: The grey side bars are there for a very good reason!
Posted on 10 Jan 2013 22:43:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2013 22:43:41 GMT
Thank you for your review. I've been looking everywhere for a decent copy of this movie complete with subtitles and found all the information I needed in your review. Also had the best laugh I've had in awhile. Thanks again!
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