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MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Some Sexual Content)
Running Time: 121 Minutes
Starring: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer, Ludivine Sagnier
Screenplay by: Laurent Tirard and Grégoire Vigneron with Fanny Valette and Jean-Claude Jay
Directed by: Laurent Tirard
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Laurent Tirad, The Making of Moliére
Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selections (28 Scenes)
Released: January 29th, 2008
"Moliére" is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it's a remarkably sharp transfer. The fantastic sets and Parasian streets have impeccable detail, while the costumes and fleshtones achieve a pretty flawless color balance. Color saturation is fantastic too, as the film's bright and vibrant palette certainly stands out without hints of smearing. The print used is clean, but there is some slight noise, edge halos and some edge enhancement - which are not too distracting. Thankfully, such a great looking movie has gotten a primo transfer.
English subtitles and Spanish subtitles are included.
Lasting 27 minutes is The Making of Moliére, which covers a lot about the film's extensive production as told through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Producers, the actors and assorted filmmakers give thoughts on creating the film - and what makes it stand out. There's a lot on the talented cast, the creative license used in the screenplay, the characters Lauren Tirade's directing style, the production design and more. If you liked the movie or are interested in how period films get made, this is well worth a watch.
"Moliére" is an enjoyable farce with lush production values that came and went in U.S. cinemas too quickly during the summer of 2007. The movie seems positioned to be discovered on DVD, and those who check the disc out won't be disappointed: a robust 5.1 mix, excellent transfer and some fine features make this a worthy package. Definitely recommended as a rental, and a purchase for fans of the film.