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Another terrific Blu-ray transfer from Criterion. Colors are very vibrant very natural as a large portion of the movie takes place indoors. The audio is excellent for a romantic movie with the subwoffer adding lots of bass when the story takes place in various bars. Lea and Adele are fantastic as the two main characters. Excellent subtitles the story is very easy to understand. Even though the movie is 3 hours long the director keeps you in suspense wondering what is going to happen next. In the end Adele shows us "Blue is the Warmest Color".


Actors: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing, Alma Jodorowsky

Directors: Abdellatif Kechiche

Writers: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix, Julie Maroh

Producers: Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval

Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen

Language: French

Subtitles: English

Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)

Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1

Number of discs: 1

Rated: NC-17

Studio: Criterion Collection

DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014

Run Time: 179 minutes
 

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Originally Posted by nathanddrews  /t/1520300/blue-is-the-warmest-color/0_60#post_24425032


I was thinking of picking this one up... for the transfer, of course.
Of course.....
 

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If you are only looking at this movie only for the "transfer" then I suggest a thousand other "transfers" that are far better and much better filmed than this one (and that is saying quite a bit for those other "transfers").



The rest of the movie is quite good.
 

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The transfer itself is OK, not great. It looked different in the theater. And also the BR has a running time of 3 hours 8 seconds (that's the Oppo display time) which is longer than 179 minutes in the theater. So obviously something has been added and I am not going to say what that was. A sort of extended cut.
 

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Watch it for free on Netflix streaming. Criterion is releasing a special edition of this title with extras in a few months, so this one will soon be obsolete.
 

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Watched this last night (bluray) and one of the best movie i've seen in awhile. Even tho it was 3 hours long it didnt feel like it.
 

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Watched this last night (bluray) and one of the best movie i've seen in awhile. Even tho it was 3 hours long it didnt feel like it.

agreed. great film. I told my wife we had a three hour subtitled movie to watch and she groaned a bit, but ended up getting quickly absorbed. Excellent acting (and it was nice to hear my wife say, "wow, those chicks are HOT" lol). But my memories of the film are melancholy since I really felt for the characters; almost hard to believe they are not real people.
 

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I've seen Blue is the Warmest Color several times on the Criterion Blu (the first time was in 2014), and am extremely impressed by the film - it's definitely one of the most remarkable foreign movies I've seen, and also one of the best coming of age films of all time. Even though it was three hours long, it never dragged or felt forced. Truly superb.

Re: being able to relate to the characters: As a straight guy who has absolutely no problem with seeing two women together (and I'm sure I'm not unusual in that sense), I still wasn't sure I could really identify/relate to the film prior to seeing it - i.e., I knew I would like the love scenes, etc. ;)...however, I wasn't sure if the relationship aspect would be that interesting to me.

Well, I needn't have worried because I found the entire movie quite compelling - especially the relationship aspect, which was the focal point of the entire film. I liked how you really saw the progression with Adele first noticing Emma in the park?! in the beginning, to the early beginnings of the relationship, to their eventual moving in together, etc.

Other comments/observations:

-The importance & use of food in the film - being a foodie myself, I found this interesting: In the first part of the film when Adele is in school and living @ home, she eats very standard food like spaghetti & salad. After she meets & then starts seeing Emma, she seems to experiment more with eating shell-fish/seafood & other more exotic foods - that she didn't have much interest in previously. Food seems to have some kind of erotic connection here, or maybe I'm reading too much into this.

-I see Adele as having mixed feelings re: her relationship with Emma. Sure, she gets very upset & emotional when Emma kicks her out during that key scene (which is quite hard to watch), but she kind of brought this on herself by having an affair with her fellow teacher. Plus, as Adele mentions to Emma, no one at her school knows she's living with Emma - I guess I understand this, considering this could be an issue re: her being a teacher of children. Also, I got the strong impression that Adele's parents didn't know she was living with Emma either.

- Going along with the above, during the house party scene when Emma had all of her friends over, I saw Adele as being somewhat relegated to the "housewife" role - i.e. cooking, serving, etc. while Emma schmoozes with her arty friends. I do understand that Emma was supportive of Adele's writing & did try to encourage her (per the conversation they had after that party), but you get the impression that Adele feels something is missing from the relationship.

-"Aging" Adele from her late teens to her more mature early-mid 20's was brilliant; no aging make-up was used, but the character had a different hair style, glasses, and attitude during the later scenes when she was a teacher vs. the earlier scenes when she was still in school.

-I like the use of the color Blue in the film. Though the obvious use of the color is related to Emma's dyed hair when she first meets Adele, I did also notice: a light blue blanket on Adele & Emma's bed, as well as the darker blue dress that Adele wore when she attended Emma's art showing
at the end of the film.

The break-up scene - when Emma threw Adele out because she had cheated - was definitely one of the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen in a movie; the emotional pain of each character was quite palatable, and heart-breaking. Quite impressive acting here.

-The scenes when Adele is suffering from depression after the break-up (while alone in her new apartment) were quite realistic & well-done.

I also thought the last scene of the film was truly brilliant, and non-Hollywood in the best way - i.e., the guy that Adele has met at a party years before met her again at the art gallery - and, when he went to look for her after she left the gallery/party, couldn't find her...a far cry from the typical Hollywood tear-jerker - in which the guy & the girl would hook up at the end & ride off happily into the sunset.
 
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