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“Broken Embraces” {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
3/16/10
Special Features:

Featuettes, interview, deleted scenes and a short film by the director

Review:

Director Pedro Almodovar and actress Penelope Cruz team up for their fourth film together in “Broken Embraces”. Although their latest project isn’t one of his best it’s very, very good and unusual. Harry Caine (Lluis Homar) has a job title that is an oxymoron; he’s blind and a filmmaker. His latest commission is to create a fictionalized version of a man named Ray X (Ruben Ochandiano). Harry finds that the past and present intersect in an odd way for him personally as he pens the screenplay of Ray X’s life including the torrid affair that he had with Magdalena Rivas (Cruz)that causes his life to unravel. ---

Image & Sound: A brilliant, beautiful looking Blu-ray transfer “Broken Embraces” filled with solid detail and nice contrast. The skin tones are likewise quite good throughout. There are some flaws however as the black levels are occasionally inconsistent but, overall, this is a fine looking transfer. ***

Audio sounds extremely good and as this is primarily dialogue driven the lossless soundtrack is primarily center speaker driven although there is nice use of the surround channels to add to the ambience of the film. ---

Special Features:

The biggest let down is in the area of special features. We get a duo of featurettes focusing on the making and theatrical debut of the film. We also get “The Cannibalistic Councillor” all presented in standard definition. We also get a high def Q&A with actress Cruz as well as deleted scenes in 1080p as well.

Final Words:

We get a winning film from Cruz and Almodovar with a solid presentation on Blu-ray. Could the transfer have been better? Sure—it isn’t perfect but the colors and detail are solid enough throughout to make this an essential purchase.

 

 
 
 
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