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L’eclisse Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

L'eclisse Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

Michelangelo Antonioni fans will fawn over “L’eclisse.”

“L’eclisse” (AKA “The Eclipse”) is the third part of famed Italian Avant-garde writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni’s trilogy that contains “L’avventura” and “La Notte.” In this 1962 directorial effort, the narrative revolves around an unhappy, lost woman named Vittoria who struggles in her relationships in the city of Rome. The film begins with Vittoria breaking up with her presumed boyfriend (Riccardo) before attempting to develop a romance with her mother’s stockbroker (Piero). Suffice to say, things don’t work out in the way she hopes.

For film buffs that prefer eventful scenes and a conventional structure, the work of Michelangelo Antonioni may not be your cup of tea. Antonioni’s work (including L’eclisse”) tends to be character based, leisurely paced, fairly action free, and more about themes than story. It may seem dreary and overly artsy to some folks, but others revel in Antonioni’s one of a kind filmmaking style. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle of these reactions. Thematically, Antonioni’s films are always a breath of fresh air. In fact, I often find his work more interesting on an intellectual level than on a viewing level. “L’eclisse,” for example, doesn’t have a lot of attention grabbing scenes on screen, but the film provides plenty of thought provoking themes and ideas about connections, feeling lost, unrest, relationships, society, materialism, desires, disappointments, and monotony.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? “L’eclisse” has never looked better than it does in 1080p. The B&W Italy locals look absolutely breathtaking here.

Audio Track: Italian Uncompressed Mono with English subtitles. How does it sound? This track is surprisingly lively for a Mono track.

Extras:
* A thick booklet that features an essay by writer Jonathan Rosenbaum, two separate excerpts by Michelangelo Antonioni, and a piece about Michaelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti by Professor/author Gilberto Perez.
* A passionate and fact filled commentary by program director/associate professor Richard Pena. Note: The DVD copy contains a serious error as a commentary track for “Riot In Cell Block 11” is mistakenly on here in place of Pena’s track. The Blu-ray disc, however, does contain Pena’s commentary track.
* “The Eye That Changed Cinema”- A 55 minute documentary about Michelangelo Antonioni. Expect lots of archival footage as well information about the man and his film work through various eras.
* “Elements of Landscape”- Interviews with film critic Adriano Apra and filmmaker/friend of Antonioni Carlo do Carlo about “L’Eclisse” and Antonioni.

Overall Thoughts: Your opinion of “L’eclisse” will likely come down to whether or not you admire the work of Michelangelo Antonioni.

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June 13, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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