Upon his birth, Jean-Baptiste (Whishaw) is left for dead in the wretched and pungent conditions of an 18th-century French fish market. Raised in a harsh orphanage and laboring in a tannery, Jean-Baptiste has acquired an extraordinarily developed sense of smell, and sets out to find the perfect scent. Unfortunately, it seems be takes his obsession too far when he begins killing young women in hopes of capturing the essence that escapes him. "Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" is based on the novel by Patrick Suskind. (Jack Kelley)
The stylized, anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD exhibits good resolution, and the grimy color scheme matches the storytelling very well. Black levels are not overly deep, actually more gray than black, which can make the darker scenes look washed out and flat. Images can have a digital harshness to them and edge enhancement is noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)
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