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( Max score: 100 )
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Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2005
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 101 Minutes
Disc Format: BD- 25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Portuguese
Directed by: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Music by: Maria Bonzanigo, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Roger Hewett, Philippe Leduc
Written by: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 23, 2008
"Illusion teases reality"
Bring home the magic, artistry and phenomenal acrobatics of Corteo, the latest Cirque du Soleil show, captured in hi definition! Corteo, which means "cortege" in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
This summer while on vacation I saw my first Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas. It was truly impressive and unlike any other stage performance that I had seen previously. The best way to describe it would be that it combined incredible acrobatic feats with beautiful operatic style ballet and story telling. There are multiple Cirque Du Soleil shows and each has a different story/theme. Corteo is a story about the funeral of a clown as seen through his eyes. Just like KA, the show I saw this summer, Corteo is truly magnificent in its grandeur and acrobatic precision. I found the “story” to be abstract and after a while I just sat back and enjoyed the physical aspects of the performance. This included high flying trapeze artists, trampoline inspired pillow fights, flying angles, and the best one man whistling exhibition that I have ever seen. I thought that the music and acting performances were quite good. The problem with seeing a show like this on video is that it lacks the immediacy associated with seeing the elements in a live setting. Seeing things that occur simultaneously within your field of view as well as its three dimensional visual aspects gets lost through the camera’s eye. Regardless, seeing the things that these entertainers can do is truly remarkable and a testament to their dedication to their craft.
This disc in unrated but their nothing contained within this presentation that would not be appropriate for general audiences.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
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Corteo Cirque Du Soleil comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 4 mbps.
There is a statement on the back of the disc jacket that indicates that “this performance film utilizes low light photography and other factors that contribute to the overall grain structure. This visual style has been retained for this high definition presentation”. Honestly, I am not sure what they are referring to. The early part of the performance is filmed through a transparent curtain which was obviously apparent. Other than that I didn’t see any “overall grain structure” inherent in the video. Other than some noise in a couple of dark backgrounds, I thought that images were well defined with consistent sharpness and definitive resolution. Colors were well saturated with clean rendering and natural tonality. Blacks had good dynamic range and respectable depth. The production uses limited lighting which didn’t lend images to being overly vibrant but I found the video quality to be quite good overall. The lossless audio was equivalent to the video as it rendered the material with clarity and detail that allowed its highlights to rise to the surface. The entire surround platform was used to re-create the open and reverberant expanse of the theater. Dialogue was clear for the most part but sometimes with live recordings strict intelligibility can be difficult to achieve. Occasionally the quality of the dialogue wavered however this is related to the recording and not the encoding. The music sounded fully textured with excellent imaging and discernible instrumentation that filled the listening area. This was a beautifully crafted audio/video presentation.
- Through the curtain - Featurette
- A day in the life of Corteo artists - Documentary
- Filming Corteo - Featurette
- Teatro Intimo
- Photo Gallery
- BD-Live access – Spotlight Blu-ray Discs and 8 downloadable Blu-ray Disc trailers
I thought that Corteo Cirque Su Soleil was enjoyable but its abstract storytelling could be off putting. The acrobatic performances are unquestionably superb and worth checking out. If you have never seen any of the Cirque Du Soleil and are curious you should give this a rent. The audio/video quality is good enough that it may entice you to add this disc to your collection.
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