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The Name of the Rose Blu-ray Review

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted August 05 2011 - 09:52 PM

Jean-Jacques Annaud's adaptation of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" doesn't have the thematic intricacy of the book, but is still a compelling Sherlock Holmes-style mystery set in a novel, medieval time period.

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Special Features: 3/5

The extras carry over all the items from the 2004 DVD release, and offer a solid look behind the scenes of the production.

Commentary by Director Jean-Jacques Annaud: Annaud speaks enthusiastically and with great fondness about the production experience and filmmaking, so much so he actually does a second track entirely in French!

The Abbey of Crime (43:26, SD): Vintage behind-the-scenes documentary explores the making of the film in great detail, with plenty of location footage and interviews. Presented in German with optional subtitles.

Photo Video Journey (16:06, SD): Annaud comments and reflects on a collection of still images from location shoots and production.

Theatrical Trailer (2:10, SD)


The Feature: 4/5
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 3/5
Overall Score (not an average): 4/5

Warner Home Video gives Jean-Jacques Annaud's  "The Name of the Rose" solid treatment across the board, from presentation to supplemental material. Those looking to upgrade from the 2004 DVD edition will find it a worthwhile purchase, while those new to the film should find the title a worthy addition to their collections.

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Posted August 05 2011 - 11:30 PM

One of my favs. Will definitely upgrade my DVD. The beav had comparison shots with the DVD. Not a huge difference looking at those. But enough. It should look gritty. The increased clarity is worth it alone.
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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted August 06 2011 - 03:22 AM

Thanks Cameron.  Surprisingly I never picked this up on DVD so the BD is a no brainer as its a great movie.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted August 06 2011 - 05:38 AM

I don't recall ever seeing the film all the way through, but I was intrigued enough by what I saw that I read the novel about a decade ago. The other piece I didn't mention is
The poisoned pages were kind of ridiculous in the film, basically being slathered with green goop. That book must have been REALLY funny for the monks not to notice or care.