Based on the novella by W. Somerset Maugham, Up At The Villa is set in late-1930s Italy where a young widow (Thomas) is contemplating her future. Almost broke, she must consider the proposal of marriage from a man she does not love. After a party, the widow involves herself with a musician, but determines that she must not prolong the affair. The musician, thinking himself madly in love with the widow, kills himself, and she turns to a dashing American expatriot for help. (Laurie Sevano)
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is often nicely rendered, and is stylized with warm hues that compliment the late-1930s setting. Though some scenes are rich, with nicely balanced colors, the picture is a bit dark and muddy at times. Due to the dark character of many scenes, shadow delineation is slightly undefined. Edge enhancement is noticed, as is minor pixelization. While the deeply saturated hues provide a lovely style to the picture, image quality is mediocre due to the
The soundtrack has a nice, laid-back nature that is appropriate to the quiescent nature of the movie. This Dolby
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