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John Huston’s love letter to Paris during the late 19th century and the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lactrec, arrived at the very end of the three-strip Technicolor nitrate era.

With Jose Ferrer, occasionally walking on his knees, and Oswald Morris behind the camera, the film is one of the great treats of the era.

Photographically, it’s a marvel, and that quality is well-expressed in the restored version as seen on the BFI Blu-ray, funded by The Film Foundation and others, and with Grover Crisp as a consultant, nothing is apt to go awry, and it generally doesn’t.

I did make note of a few instances during the main title sequence where grain goes away for a bit, but beyond that the work is miraculous. If anything, it’s a bit too highly resolved, as make-up appliances tend to show through.

For those who love the film, and have seen it in original prints, or for those about to be newly initiated, the BFI’s Blu-ray (Region B) is about as perfect as one will find.

The wonderfully defined color palette leaps off the screen, and looks much like original prints that I’ve seen over the years. Only sharper and cleaner.

I once asked Mr. Ferrer how he was able to play the role, whilst walking on his knees to make him appear the height of the five foot Lautrec. His response was “painful,” but he also explained that there’s really very little of him in the film actually walking, and identifiable. One gets the feeling that the artist was actually shorter.

It has been mentioned that this is Region B only, but it’s worth the trouble, especially as it’s easy to order via Amazon at a reasonable price – $15 + shipping.

Image – 4.9

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Works up-rezzed to 4k – Beautifully

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
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John Huston's love letter to Paris during the late 19th century and the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lactrec, arrived at the very end of the three-strip Technicolor nitrate era.

With Jose Ferrer, occasionally walking on his knees, and Oswald Morris behind the camera, the film is one of the great treats of the era.

Photographically, it's a marvel, and that quality is well-expressed in the restored version as seen on the BFI Blu-ray, funded by The Film Foundation and others, and with Grover Crisp as a consultant, nothing is apt to go awry, and it generally doesn't.

I did make note of a few instances during the main title sequence where grain goes away for a bit, but beyond that the work is miraculous. If anything, it's a bit too highly resolved, as make-up appliances tend to show through.

For those who love the film, and have seen it in original prints, or for those about to be newly initiated, the BFI's Blu-ray (Region B) is about as perfect as one will find.

The wonderfully defined color palette leaps off the screen, and looks much like original prints that I've seen over the years. Only sharper and cleaner.

I once asked Mr. Ferrer how he was able to play the role, whilst walking on his knees to make him appear the height of the five foot Lautrec. His response was "painful," but he also explained that there's really very little of him in the film actually walking, and identifiable. One gets the feeling that the artist was actually shorter.

It has been mentioned that this is Region B only, but it's worth the trouble, especially as it's easy to order via Amazon at a reasonable price - $15 + shipping.

Image – 4.9

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Works up-rezzed to 4k - Beautifully

Upgrade from DVD - Absolutely

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
Thanks RAH, mine is still MIA...glad yours showed up...I apperciate your take on it and will just have to be patient and get mine!!
 

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Well, despite being told more times than I can remember to go multi-region, you have chosen not to.

I'm very glad I bought this marvellous disc. I've watched it twice already.
Thanks Robin, anything is an improvment over the Korean Boot I was reduced to acquiring!! And to have BFI as the releasing company makes me happy...
 

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But where can I buy it? Every listing at Amazon shows its cover, but describes it as a 1926 silent version.
 

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I bought mine yesterday from above tab and it says arriving May 13 to 18 which is to be honest miraculous for Movie Mars. They are in the Carolinas and I am in Jersey and it will take me weeks to get something from them. More than a week to ship out and then their packages go first to Fl before coming back up north. It can only arrive by the 18th through an act of God.
 

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I bought mine yesterday from above tab and it says arriving May 13 to 18 which is to be honest miraculous for Movie Mars. They are in the Carolinas and I am in Jersey and it will take me weeks to get something from them. More than a week to ship out and then their packages go first to Fl before coming back up north. It can only arrive by the 18th through an act of God.
I also bought from Movie Mars. The first time it was confirmed and never shipped, after contacting them several times the order was fonally canceled and I was reimbursed. I have tried again and rebought it, hoping for better results...although hopeful, I guess we'll see?!!
 

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it there, but nothing is shipping, my guess is more are coming. Iv'e had mine on order since April 23rd, still not sent via Amazon/Movie Mars.
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Dear Capt Cheese Pro; many thanks for your guidance. I had been hesitant to order, ince the Amazon description accompanying this box cover was confusing. Now, I'm impatient for it to arrive.
 

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Dear Capt Cheese Pro; many thanks for your guidance. I had been hesitant to order, ince the Amazon description accompanying this box cover was confusing. Now, I'm impatient for it to arrive.
me 2 my friend...from what I hear and read, this BFI edition is a wonderful copy and a plus to anyones collection. Like a kid at Christmas, LOL!!!
 

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Release it on a region free Blu-ray or an open 4K or no sale. It’s not that great of a film IMHO.
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Too you, it may not be...films can be like people, you either have a relationship and history with them or you don't. This relationship is what colors your perception of that film. To me I greatly apprecaited this one becuse of my love of the subject, the main actor and cast and most of all the backstory and the man John Huston and his take on the unique painter, Toulouse Lautrec.
 

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I bought mine yesterday from above tab and it says arriving May 13 to 18 which is to be honest miraculous for Movie Mars. They are in the Carolinas and I am in Jersey and it will take me weeks to get something from them. More than a week to ship out and then their packages go first to Fl before coming back up north. It can only arrive by the 18th through an act of God.
Although Movie Mars is in the Carolinas, they may by having the companies dropship from where ever they are, case in point UK?
 

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Too you, it may not be...films can be like people, you either have a relationship and history with them or you don't.
Sorry my post read as an incomplete thought- I meant it’s not that great a film to warrant me buying a new machine to watch it. I certainly would purchase if it was open region Blu or 4K. I’ve purchased both The Elephant Man And The Servant 4K for those reasons in the past. Didn’t mean to disparage others who have love for this film.
 

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True but if a company is listed I always thought it was in stock. If not the company is not listed until it is back in stock. One notices for a title companies appear and disappear. For Instance Import CDs is not listed. Then they appear and when you order it from them you get your item very quickly.
Amazon will be listed and will tell you if an item is out of stock.
By the way speaking of Jose when young I never liked him but for some reason in my advanced years I am beginning to enjoy and appreciate him. I heard Stanley Donen speak once and he had no reason as to why exactly Ferrer was cast as Sigmund Romberg which is odd casting but said simply he was the biggest actor around at the time so why not? I guess kind of like Brando in Guys and Dolls which also didn't make much sense.
 

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Well, despite being told more times than I can remember to go multi-region, you have chosen not to.

I'm very glad I bought this marvellous disc. I've watched it twice already.
Multi region players are affordeable and no longer an acccuse for not aquiring the titles you want in your collection. Buying a Sony multi region Blu ray player was the best investment I ever made for my collection. Never again will I be standing on the sidelines, just wishing and hoping the title was in region A/1 again!!!