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. ---