Black Robe (Icon) (1991)
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|Year Of Production||1991|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Bruce Beresford|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.75:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
You may or may not be aware that the Dendy films back catalogue has moved distributor in Australia from Magna Pacific to Icon. As part of this move many films are being re-released on DVD by Icon. Some of these titles are being released on Blu-ray for the first time. Some of the standard definition releases are exactly the same as their Magna Pacific forebears and others have some changes. In this case, Black Robe, the film was originally released by Magna Pacific in 2002 and reviewed by us here . This new edition seems to be exactly the same as the previous release and owners of that disc need read no further as there is certainly no reason to re-purchase.
The previous review by Brandon Vogt gives a good rundown of the film's plot which does not need to be repeated here. Black Robe is certainly a very worthwhile film with beautiful scenery, a haunting score and an emotion charged atmosphere which really makes you feel the savagery and beauty of the Canadian locations. I can't say that this film will ever be a favourite of mine but I am certainly pleased to have seen it after having it on my list for many years.
All in all, this re-release is only occurring due to a change in distributor and does not offer anything more than the previous edition, which is a shame because this film could have used a restoration and some extras.
The feature is presented in an approximately 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is close to the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp but somewhat variable with some scenes being quite soft and others sharper. Shadow detail was average probably due to on location shooting. There was some light grain at times.
The colour was quite dull driven partially by the film's colour scheme but the included trailer has more vibrant colour than the feature so there is more to it than just the colour scheme.
There were some mild MPEG artefacts but nothing too obvious, some white spots here and there and some obvious edge enhancement such as at 32:30.
There are subtitles In English for all dialogue or another stream which only translates the significant amounts of Indian language dialogue.
There is no layer change.
The audio is good.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s) soundtrack. It is very front and centre focused.
Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand although some accents proved a challenge.
The music by Georges Delarue is wonderfully atmospheric and dramatic.
The surround speakers were not used and the subwoofer was used for music and drumbeats.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu includes music and motion but functionally only allows for scene selection.
Cropped 4x3 trailer which has better colour than the main transfer.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Nothing seems to have changed in this department globally, so this local release is pretty much the same as the Region 1 version. Draw.
The video quality is decent.
The audio is good.
Only a trailer in the extras.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|