Last Tango In Paris (BLU-RAY)

Last Tango In Paris

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 10 Minutes

French Actress Maria Schneider who starred opposite Marlon Brando in this film died at age 58 on February 3rd of this year.

For anyone not in the know about Last Tango In Paris it’s a controversial film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and stars Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider as strangers who have decided to rendezvous in a loft Brando bought so they can escape the world and lose themselves in the passionate throes of lust. Brando plays Paul, an American living in Paris, who is suffering from the suicide of his wife. Jeanne is a Parisian woman who wants more out of life from her fiancé, a filmmaker whose more interested in documenting their life and putting her in his films then he is of her when there are no cameras around. Paul and Jeanne’s passions inside of the loft work as a sort of psychotic therapy session to vent their angers over their shortcomings, needs, and wants. Clearly a landmark in cinema for being completely unapologetic in its approach and aggressively open about the stories sexuality.

Beautiful. Though the film does have a few blights (watch at around four minutes and thirty seconds you’ll see a hair flailing in your lower right hand corner on the screen) this BD transfer captures the original look and feel of the film’s originally release. Its more of a boost to clarity and color then it is of completely cleaning up the film and making correction where need be. Colors are almost muted in some aspects as you would have seen in the original but exterior scenes simply pop with incredible blue sky’s and detail shooting up everywhere from the trains going by overhead to the cars to the architecture. Interior scenes, especially close up, are incredibly acute giving you incredible detail in facial features and inanimate objects scattered around the loft. Grain seems almost completely absent, black and white levels are even, and things like clarity, color, and definition make this film look good. Audio is in an English Mono DTS-HD MA which works perfectly for the mostly dialogue heavy film. Atmospheric features such as trains and busy city streets work well enough within the sound scheme. Fans of this film will love it and curious viewers coming in to take a look will be treated.

Unfortunately here is where this release is lacking. The only feature found here is a theatrical trailer. For such a controversial film as this there has to be so much more out there to add to the supplemental feature then just a theatrical trailer.


AJ Garcia
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