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Betty Blue [VHS]
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Betty Blue. English subtitles.
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The release is a 2 disc set (a 50gb dual layer blu-ray disc containing both versions of the film, and a DVD with extras).
The film itself never ages thanks to its brilliant score, sumptuous photography and warm lead performances. It's maybe not as graphic as i remembered it but there's still lots of nudity (male and female) and at the end of the day its a genuinely heartwarming human drama with dashes of humour along the way. Its testament to its enjoyment that there's not a boring moement even in the 3 hour director cut.
The film looks gorgeous in HD and in its original 1/66:1 ratio. The colours really jump off the screen and the closeup shots of Dalle and Anglades really show off incredible amounts of detail. The film has never looked clearer or brighter and the wonderful score has never been better served (PCM mono). The English subtitles are optional and easy to read at all times.
The theatrical cut looks lovely at a glance but I focussed on the directors cut which is also gorgeous.
On the DVD is a featurelength documentary with lots of new cast and crew interviews and some original screen test footage of Dalle.
Both discs are region free.
The packaging is nice too. The discs are housed in a DVD-sized digipack with an outer card slipcase (it's a bit taller than your avereage blu-ray package but roughly the same width).
More importantly, the film is uncensored & it's great to have both versions on one disc. I prefer the director's cut.
But it's such a great film, stunningly filmed, perfect music, great story. Just as film should be.
With this added documentary it adds extra small details to fill in small caps.
Buy watch enjoy
The shorter cinematic release is a fine film; nicely paced with moments of folly, fun, humour and sadness beautifully filmed. And a terrific score too. There a just a handful of cringe moments where the story, script or acting don't convince, but many more moments that are genuinely brilliant.
The Director's cut adds an unwelcome homophobic undercurrent to the film without adding anything of merit. To my mind, the editors got it spot on and did the film a massive favour when they cutout the flab for the shorter release.
Many reviewers will disagree, and I know the director certainly does (he was scathing about the cuts imposed to create the shorter cinematic version). Stll, that's the way I see it and the great news is that with this set you get both versions and can form your own opinion. Enjoy :)
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