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5.0 out of 5 stars Good on dvd, superb on Blu-ray!, 14 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Angel-a [2005] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a surreal feel-good comedy from one of France's best directors. We have a downtrodden loser at the end of his tether who meets a catwalk model of an angel who turns his life around and changes how he sees himself and the world around him.
Paris itself is the third leading character in this tale and the cinematography is glorious. It's all been well planned and even short scenes of the two main characters are filmed in the most visually appealing way, for example they'll be walking across a bridge for just a few seconds - but they'll be filmed from beyond one of the other bridges to show off just how beautiful the summer sun makes Paris look. This happens time and again, and adds up to a visual treat for anybody with a soft spot for Paris. The ending is completely mad and emphasises that this is a modern day fairytale, nothing more nothing less, and that dramatic finale makes Angel-A seem very different (in a lighter, crazy way) for the second viewing. The film gets a second life when you know what's coming.

I had it on dvd and saw it plenty of times, so when it came out on the better format I replaced it immediately and I'm glad I did. The transfer is magnificent. The greys and blacks have become so rich, and there are great swathes of very soft tints slipped into some scenes which weren't so obvious on dvd, such as the skies above Paris having the vaguest of blue hues. The clarity is cranked up a gear and therefore I am one pleased customer.

Strange though, the subtitles have been re-done and some lines have been re-interpreted and some words have been ditched. It doesn't really matter, but it does make me wonder how the mood or tone of foreign films can be changed by the people who do the subtitles.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2011 00:49:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2011 00:51:32 GMT
Mark Barry says:
It's a good point to make - the picture quality that is. The transfer on this BLU RAY is gorgeous.
And the playground of Paris at night and in the early hours of the morning is only accentuated by the fabulous black and white photography.
And the two leads make for an endearing couple too.

At a mere 5 on BR - it's a snip...and well worth buying.
Good review by the way.
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