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The Painted Veil
DVD - Single Disc
Warner Home Video 58557 - Region 1
List Price: $27.95 (Check Price at Amazon.com)
Available on DVD 5/8/2007
Dolby Digital 5.1
Set in Colonial-era China, a doctor from London brings his new wife to Shanghai, only to find that she doesn't love him, and is having an affair with an ambassador. He decides to punish her by taking her to a village deep inside China that has been stricken with a cholera epidemic, away from the temptations of Shanghai, where he plans to solve the mystery behind the epidemic. What starts out as a battle of wills becomes a means for both to redeem themselves by finding their own purpose in life and tearing down the wall between them.
The video quality was good, with only slight video banding present in the final scene between Watts and Norton. Overall, the visuals were slightly muted, but that was in keeping with the tone of the movie, so it should not be seen as a negative factor. The movie was filmed on location in China, and the movie benefits from the natural authenticity the locations provide.
My Pioneer DVD player reported an average bit rate between 5.6-7.9 Mbps during several samples in the movie. Peaks exceeding 8 Mbps were also noted.
Audio quality was acceptable, but unremarkable. Considering the type of movie this is, the lack of any distracting artifacts is all that is needed, and this disc doesn't disappoint in that regard.
The movie received a very small release in theaters and its best chance to be seen will be on DVD. Norton and Watts are great in their roles, and both seem to immerse themselves with ease. While most of the screen time is devoted to them, the supporting performances by Toby Jones and Diana Rigg are excellent.
It is well worth watching, and I recommend it to anyone interested in watching a movie with depth to its characters and a storyline that takes them along a path from one level to another.
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