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Speaking of sex and death…


Who would have thought a film with murder and incest as two of its primary themes could be so damn good-natured? I watched Pedro Almodóvar’s 2006 film Volver on Blu-ray recently, and am kicking myself for not coming across this gem sooner. Okay, I did spend most of its running time feeling that I was working the twists out a good half hour before the characters themselves, but that’s the only real flaw in what is otherwise a whimsical masterpiece.

Sony Pictures’ Blu-ray transfer isn’t going to win any awards, but it’s a solid enough presentation of a film-sourced (i.e. non-DI) master, with even the aged MPEG-2 codec not hampering things too much (though there are certainly artefacts there if you look for them). Detail isn’t exactly breathtaking, but I’m pleased that Sony have, as far as I can tell, left the image alone, rather than resorting to artificially sharpening it or trying to stamp out the film grain.

(Sony Pictures, USA, MPEG-2, 27.2 GB)

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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 3:46 PM | Comments: 1
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Technology



The whole "where did the mother go?" twist was easy for us giallo fans to figure out, but the one what came later was a complete shock to me.

I recommend that you watch Almodovar's "Matador", since it is visually a tribute to the giallo genre. A love story between two giallo killers.

Posted by: Marcus, February 12, 2008 11:28 PM

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