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A Few Words About A few words about...™ A River Runs Through It -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist

    Feb 8, 1999
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    Robert Redford's A River Runs Through it, based upon the novella by Norman MacLean, is one of those films that stays with you, even years after viewing. For full disclosure's sake, I'll let it be known that I occasionally fly fish. That said, those who have seen the film are aware that this isn't a sports film about fly fishing, but rather that fishing serves a very important purpose to the story line.

    The film is beautifully crafted, with quality acting, direction, etc. But one of the less obvious "stars" of the film is the cinematography by Philippe Rousselot. It is Mr. Rousselot's work that serves as the visual spine of the film, and the audience is able to feast upon it. There are many films that can be neatly and relatively easily transferred and translated to Blu-ray. I don't believe that this is one of them. Exposures are delicate things, and coming up on a few shots that I remember well from past viewings, I waited with concern that they might not make the grade.

    I'm pleased to report that ARRTI has been brought to Blu-ray with an even hand and a delicacy that allows it to make the transition from the theater screen to the home theater with superb clarity and perfection. Audio is rendered in Dolby True HD.

    This is a gorgeous Blu-ray.

    Highly Recommended.

  2. Paul Hillenbrand

    Paul Hillenbrand Screenwriter

    Aug 16, 1998
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    Thanks Mr. Harris

    Had a chance to view "A River Runs Through It" (Blu-ray) last week and I have to agree that the story and the quality of the production had a powerful affect on me. It does stay with you and its been influencing my thoughts all week.

    I'm sorry now that I saw it on my 32" HDTV after you mentioned the visual spine of the film was Philippe Rousselot's cinematography. I'll have to see it again for an encore viewing in my theater room next time I have a chance.

    Thanks again for you sharing your knowledgeable thoughts on the film.


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