Becket (Blu-ray)
SRP $34.98 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1 MPI

 

 

Peter O' Toole and Richard Burton give just two of many outstanding performances in a film classic, "BECKET," available on blu-ray, from MPI.  "BECKET" involves the complex, yet profound relationship between King Henry II(O' Toole) and the Chancellor of England, Becket(Burton).  Various political situations force the Chancellor into taking a stand, placing his allegiance to the Church over the King, ultimately bringing about tragic circumstances. While "Becket" offers terrific insight into the history of the period depicted, often more accurate than in many other "historical dramas" made at the time, it also examines various complexities, such as "friendship," with great care. Everything about "BECKET" screams class, from the direction, production design, acting, editing, music and more.  "BECKET" is as powerful today, 45 years after its initial release, as ever.

MPI has provided a great looking transfer, with the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray, over a 50GB dual layer disc.  Colors are vibrant throughout, pushing saturation to a degree never seen before on video, even on laserdisc. However, the image is never over-saturated.  Detail is often staggering, complimenting the elaborate production design in scene-after-scene! Blacks are deep enough to offer great detail in darker scenes. Contrast varies in a few instances, however the image typically provides the kind of "jump-off-the-screen" depth typically found on reference quality blu-ray releases. Pretty impressive for a smaller company(MPI)release!

MPI offers both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 2.0 mix.  Neither is aggressive, with strong focus on the center channel. However, both offer a sense of immersion, and it's probably best for viewers to compare the music over the opening credits with both mixes to select which mix is more to their taste. Both are impressive. The all-important dialogue shines with stellar clarity.

Some extras are included, the best of which is the commentary with O'Toole and a film critic. The featurettes offered are all presented in standard resolution.