Babette's Feast

Babette's Feast

Blu-Ray Rating: **1/2

Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

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This 16:9 ratio, AVC encoded 1080p High Definition transfer is decent, retaining the film's texture but presenting a decent showcase of the film's cinematography. The LPCM Stereo 2.0 soundtrack is perfectly fine, especially as it is not called upon for much other than dialogue.

The scrubbed up print is definitely the reason for fans to invest in this Artificial Eye release, as the extras are minimal. There is an interview with lead actress St├ęphane Audran, which clocks in at just under seven minutes.

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She gives a potted history of the production, including her association wtih costume designer Karl Lagerfeld and observes that the crew "thought we were weirdos". She also notes that despite all the lavish food on display, "We got nothing". Short and sweet but it's a shame no more supplementary material could be found. The package is completed by the original theatrical trailer and the more recent trailer for the BFI re-release.

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2013
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In an isolated village in Denmark, dominated by puritanism, two spinsters nostalgically recall their distant youth and the rigid upbringing that forced them to pass up their chance at Earthly happiness.
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Product Code: ART 034 BD

Region: B

Ratio: 1.78:1; Video: 1080p High Definition

Sound: LPCM Stereo 2.0

Extras: Interview with St├ęphane Audran, trailers

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