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" Barry Lyndon" - {Blu-ray} - (Amazon Exclusive)
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
May 31, 2011
Special Features:

None

Review:

Misunderstood when it was first released (audiences and critics in the U.S. thought that "Barry Lyndon" might be a bit like the ribald "Tom Jones" before seeing it rather than a period drama that tried to capture the "feel" of 18th century painting), "Barry Lyndon" remains a beautifully photographed if slightly static period piece.***

Image & Sound:

The Blu-ray transfer looks quite nice with a transfer that improves signficantly on the previous DVDs. This isn't in the 1.66 aspect ratio that the original DVD was released in but, instead, in 1.78:1 (close to what some Kubrick experts claim is the 1.77:1 aspect ratio planned by Kubrick although some also claim that the 1.66:1 aspect ratio is the correct one--my advice you decide. If you want the 1.66 you'll have to stick with the previous DVD though. There's some debate as to whether or not this was exhibited in the U.S. in 1.66 or not). Keep in mind though that Kubrick meant the film to have a slightly soft quality because of the lighting choices and filters used to shoot the film so the look of the movie is inherently somewhat soft to begin with and the depth of field (particularly during the candlelit scenes)is very limited but, again, that's due to an extremely fast lens and the use of the lighting source for those scenes).***

Special Features:

We don't get any special features (a commentary track would have been nice)but we do get the original theatrical trailer for the film (unlike "A Clockwork Orange" which has all the special features from the previous DVD as well as the documentary on Kubrick that was part of the boxed set of movies).

Final Words:

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