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"It's Only Mystery But I Like It"
on 16 September 2009
Subway is my favourite film of all time, the action, fluidity of it, and the new-wave look is just so cool, so when I heard they were going to put it on Blu-Ray I was very excited, maybe a little too much, as I was expecting great things. I feel a bit disappointed with it to be honest, but first lets talk about the film for those who don't know it.
Fred is a hipster who loves cracking safes, and just likes birthdays. He meets Helena, a beautiful bourgeois woman who lives outside Paris, and falls in love with her. When he's at her home he blow up a safe and steals some important papers which belong to her husband. He has to flee, and to the metro system he goes, and meets all sorts of bizarre characters he'd never expect to be living in the subway.
This is a fantastic film, beautifully crafted by Luc Besson, and captured beautifully by Carlo Varini, who has made good work of the cinematography, with it's stylish look and nouvelle vague style. The whole movie is just so cool and modern, but does look a bit dated today. He captures the metro system as I remember it, and the tunnels are nice and dark like they are in real life. Both Isabelle and Christophe are amazing in this, and should have got awards for their work, especially Christophe for his moody portrayal of Fred, and Jean-Pierre Bacri for his role as Batman. Those of you eagle eyed will notice Luc Besson's driving the metro when the roller jumps over the rails!
The Blu-Ray is disappointing - I was really hoping for better, the colours are good but not the best and the sound isn't the best - my old Sony DVD was better than this sound wise. The image does look more human, but I have noticed colours come in and out of the picture. The bitrate is good though, 30MB/s VC, but the LPCM 2.0 audio isn't good, and the mixing of the music is not as good as it was on the Sony DVD.
There are no extras on this disk neither, which is a crying shame, you get the trailer but this was on the French release, at least we don't have that horrible English dub which was shocking now, but there's only English subtitles - very disappointing!
Again, not sure who this is aimed for, there's nothing new for fans like myself who love Subway - yet it's not really a beginner's Blu either, because it's just so bare. I just hope one day we get to see this "making of" Jean-Hugues Anglade was alleged to have made back in the 80s - and the deleted scenes, there is at least 40 minutes of deleted stuff Luc never used, and it would be a horrible thing to never see them,as this is one of the best movies ever made.
Not convinced at all :(