PictureBonnie and Clyde is pretty old now, over forty years, yet they've done a pretty damn good at polishing it up and remastering it for its Blu-ray debut, complete with a solid 1080p High Definition video presentation in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 widescreen. You still have to take the age into consideration, but detail is generally very good throughout, with a little acceptable grain, some softness, but negligible edge enhancement and decent clarity throughout. The wider shots actually look even better than some of the close-ups, and whilst the depth and 3D qualities are not even comparable to that of some recent productions released on Blu-ray, it still has some nicely layered moments. The colour scheme is also quite good, all things considered, Faye Dunaway having a slightly more realistic skin tone than Warren Beatty, who occasionally looks a bit too pink, and the setting certainly looking realistic. It seems like they have done their best to avoid having a faded look, often going a little too far in the opposite direction and exaggerating the colours, but the end result is certainly never less than vibrant. Blacks are fairly solid, if unexceptional, and even some of the darker scenes retain quite a lot of detail. I doubt you are going to find many films this old that look this good, and whilst you have to make some allowances, fans of this classic are likely to be surprised by just how good it has turned out in High Definition.
SoundUnfortunately the aural accompaniment for Bonnie and Clyde is as bad as the video is good. Despite being on the High Definition next-generation Blu-ray format, all we get is the original Dolby Digital Plus 1.0 mono track, which is pretty limited - understandably. Dialogue is clear enough, and we get a few gunshot effects and a sporadically punchy score, but with it all crammed into a track almost totally devoid of dynamism or spatiality, and with no significant bass, the end result is lacklustre at best. Ok, admittedly, this is a forty-year-old movie, but still the limited track is fairly disappointing.
VerdictBonnie and Clyde were the first true press-induced celebrities, a famous criminal duo who struck a chord with the hearts of the Depression-era American public. This 1967 adaptation of their exploits doesn't hold back in the depiction of their violent exploits, but also suitably paints the more romantic side to their stardom. A classic crime drama, with some superb performances by its young, soon-to-be-famous cast, it reaches us on Blu-ray with an outstanding video rendition but a poor aural accompaniment. There's also a nice set of interesting extras to round off the disc, and - irrespective of the audio track - the end result is still a release that is worthy of a place in anybody's collection. Recommmended.
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