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Contempt (Le M
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll & Fritz Lang

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 1.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
An audio commentary track

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CON110
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $39.95
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set / DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1963
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/10/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jean-Luc Godard
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Jean-Luc Godard

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD offers a nicely restored picture from a 35mm interpositive and the transfer was co-supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard. The picture looks great and, thanks to the restoration, shows little sign of its age. Colors are richly saturated and nicely balanced. Images are generally sharp and detailed, with pleasing contrast and shadow delineation. There is an ugly shift from day to night during a car ride in Chapter 7, but it is inherent in the source element. Film grain, minor dirt, and scratches are also revealed from the source element, though quite a bit of debris his been removed from the picture. Edge enhancement is a bit of a problem. On a side note: watch the glass door in Chapter 6 to see reflections of members of the film crew. (Suzanne Hodges)

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