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on 13 May 2014
Set in 1327 the story is of a Benedictine Abbey where the monks believe the end of the World is coming after an unexplained death. The Abbey is to play host to a council on the Franciscan's Order's who thinks the church should rid itself of its wealth, William of Baskerville played by Sean Connery who is a respected Monk is asked to assist in determining the cause of the untimely death unfortunately more deaths occur the investigation draws closer to uncovering the secret the Abbey wants hidden, and there is finally the Holy Inquisition who are asked to an active part in finding out the reason for the deaths, William and his young novice Adso of Melk played by Christian Slater must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused and avoid the wrath of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui played with a great deal of menace by F. Murray Abraham
This 1986 production directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud comes to Blu-ray in August 2011 sadly only released in America but this region free 50GB disc is encoded using the MPEG-4 AVC codec in full 1080p resolution in the aspect ratio of 1.77:1 this changed from the original aspect of 1.85:1 this is no great hardship the DVD was of a similar presentation which was 1.78:1 from the 1.85:1 the picture which is an up-grade from the DVD with a sharper and more detailed picture but the real star of this of this disc is the audio which not be all explosions and gunfire but the ambience of the halls and stone rooms with their weird echoes that waft across the sound field give a very unsettling sound presentation the English DTS-HD Master Audio is a real joy there are also tracks in Dolby Stereo in French, Italian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and a Mono track in Spanish and there are Subtitles in English for the hard of hearing, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Swedish and Norwegian.
The Extra features include the following: - Commentary by the director Jean-Jacques Annaud
Theatrical Trailer
Photo Video Journey with the Director
The making of Documentary “The Abbey of Crime”
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