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Irreversible Blu-Ray test

3 septembre 2017

As we already told it in our last news, Eagle Pictures released a Blu-Ray of Irreversible in Italy.


Format : 2.35:1 / 24fps/ 1080p Language : Italian 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio / French 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio Subtitles : Italian

Extras : No extra features.

Region : B

This test will mostly be a comparison between the Italian Blu-ray and the French DVD released in 2002. Before reading further, please note that this post is neither sponsored in anyway by Eagle Pictures nor StudioCanal.

• Credits

Since it's probably the easiest thing to remaster, every texts and credits look neat compared to the rather "blury" texts from the DVD.

Actually, and we can easily understand why, they didn't "remaster" the credits from the original film but remade them entirely. We can notice a slight change in its layout (letters seem taller) but we can especially notice that some texts has changed :

• In 2002, Doerig and Lotz were credited for designing "Robe d'Alex" (Alex's dress) (in the middle). In 2017, Doerig and Lotz are credited for designing "Robe Monica" (Monica dress)... We can't tell if it's a mistake or not... But a sure thing is that Monica Bellucci is now the only one whose both name and first name are mentioned in the credits.

While watching at the credits, we hear that basses seems way deeper than in the DVD, which is a pretty good thing. In the Blu-Ray, we can notice that yellowish texts become lighter :

• Noise

The first thing we notice when watching Irreversible is that the whole movie is very dark - not only its subject but also its lighting - until the brightful "ending" scene. If I love the Super-16mm (amplified to 35mm) noise of the film, I still wanted to check the Blu-ray to see how they dealt with it. Here are a few screenshots that compare the noise in the DVD and in the Blu-Ray. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. You'll notice that the DVD has short "side bars". They disappear on the Blu-Ray and now, the film takes the whole width of the screen.

• Conclusion

The work done on this copy is rather well-made and is probably one of the best (digital) copy ever made. We'll also note the following points: the Blu-Ray has slightly more reddish colors. A few shots are way less noisy than the DVD (especially the first screen capture) while others have way more noise. Hard to say if it's due to the digitisation, or if it's the original noise from the film. A regret though, this edition could have a few extra features (at least those which were on the French DVD : Audio commentary by Gaspar Noé / Making-Of the SFX / Cut scenes / Shortfilm : Intoxication, starring Stéphane Drouot / 2 music videos / trailer / teasers)

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