Icy Flesh (Les seins de glace) (1974)

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Released 29-Sep-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1974
Running Time 101:48
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Georges Lautner
Studio
Distributor
Canal+
Madman Entertainment
Starring Alain Delon
Mireille Darc
Claude Brasseur
Fiore Altoviti
Emilio Messina
André Falcon
Michel Peyrelon
Philippe Castelli
Jean-Pierre Lorrain
Jean Luisi
Mario Darsac
Nicoletta Machiavelli
Case ?
RPI ? Music Philippe Sarde


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Alain Delon and Mireille Darc, who were romantically involved at the time, star together in Les Seins de glace, a mystery which is reminiscent of a Hitchcock thriller.

     The film opens with a distraught Peggy (Darc), wandering the beach in the winter mist. François (Claude Brasseur), who is a scriptwriter sees the blonde Peggy and is immediately smitten. François follows her around town trying to get her attention - initially Peggy, ignores the harmless François but eventually she allows him to come with her to her secluded home.

     Upon arrival François meets Peggy’s shady lawyer Marc Rilson (Delon), who warns François Peggy is mentally ill and has murdered her husband. François refuses to believe Marc and instead goes on the run with Peggy ... however François’ plans swiftly come undone.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Madman have done a decent job of encoding the feature film on a Dual Layer DVD, however the print of the film is somewhat damaged.

     The grain, scratches and assorted artefacts resulting from the print damage are more apparent during the scenes set at night.

     There are no apparent MPEG Compression artefacts.

     The colour is satisfactory, but may seem overly bright for some viewers; again this is a fault of the print.

     Overall considering this film is thirty five years old and is not restored, this transfer is acceptable.

     There are no subtitle options on this DVD.

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Audio

     The 2.0 English Dolby Digital stereo dubbed soundtrack remains clear and does not exhibit any errors.

     As this film is mostly dialogue orientated, the stereo soundtrack is suitable.

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Extras

Main Menu

     The Main Menu is composed of a still image derived from the feature film. There are 12 Scene Selections.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     This film is currently only available locally as part of the ‘French Screen Icons- Alain Delon 2’ boxset. At the time of writing, the 2005 R2 (France) release is out of print.

Summary

     Les Seins de glace is a mystery which is reminiscent of a Hitchcock thriller.

     The DVD is adequately produced, with satisfactory picture considering the age of the film, however the only soundtrack option is a Dubbed English soundtrack, not the original French soundtrack.

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Friday, December 11, 2009
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DisplayPanasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
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AmplificationYamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS
Speakers(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12

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