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L’Avventura Blu-ray Review

L'Avventura Blu-ray

“L’Avventura” is one of Michelangelo Antonioni’s most renowned works.

In Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 Italian film “L’Avventura,” Anna and her boyfriend Sandro, Anna’s friend Claudia, and two other couples go on a yachting cruise to visit various islands. While on this outing, Anna vanishes without a trace. As Claudia, Sandro, and the authorities investigate the situation, Claudia and Sandro begin to develop feelings for another.

As is the case with much of Antonioni’s work, very little actually happens story wise in “L’Avventura.” On top of that, there is no resolution nor is there any sort of closure. Obviously, this storytelling approach might be frustrating to some, but Antonioni’s films aren’t for everyone. They’re very much art films from a different time period. They aren’t really comparable to anything else; they’re simply his own unique work.  If you can get past that, you might find this challenging piece of cinema to be rewarding.

One thing that Antonioni’s work is never lacking in is character and meaning. “L’Avventura” is very much an existential character drama about relationship woes, filling the void in one’s life, change, romance, conflict, passion, loneliness, detachment, human emotion, and even the class system. It’s a very deep film and its rich themes are what drive the narrative.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The numerous Italy locals look crisp and clear in B&W thanks to this new 4K digital restoration.

Audio Track: Uncompressed Mono. How does it sound? While solid, it is a tad bit soft and flat at certain points.

Extras:
* “L’Avventura” trailer.
* A booklet featuring an essay by author Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and a statement by Michelangelo Antonioni himself.
* Jack Nicholson reads 2 essays by Antonioni about “L’Avventura” and acting and comments on the essays himself.
* “Olivier Assayas On L’Avventura”- A 3 part analysis of “L’Avventura” by French director Olivier Assayas. The filmmaker talks about the visual style, the character dynamics, and more.
* “Antonioni: Documents And Testimonials”- An hour long documentary on Antonioni’s life and work. Easily the best extra on this set.
* An archival commentary by film historian Gene Youngblood.

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January 20, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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