SONY has released two great foreign films lately, last year it was "THE VALET" and this year it's "MOLIERE" While "THE VALET" dealt with love and adultery, there was an underlying sweetness to it, making it one of the most pleasant viewing experiences of recent years. "MOLIERE" also deals with love and adultery, but in a more typically "French" manner. Utilizing the historical figure in this fictional drama/comedy, the plot revolves around the young playwright becoming involved in the plot of a rich nobleman to seduce a beautiful young widow. Wishing to keep his wife from knowing the wealthy Jourdain enlists Molieri to present himself as a priest hired to teach the art of theater. Things get complicated as Molieri becomes attracted to Jourdain's wife, and there are plenty of twists to follow. Reminiscent at times of "SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE," "MOLIERE" is actually much better, and less smug.
SONY has preserved the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are consistently solid and the detail is typically impressive, especially important in capturing the wonderful costumes and lavish sets. There were a few soft spots, but not enough to take away from a generally solid presentation. Contrast is excellent, especially in darker scenes, wherein the deep blacks and grays offer great depth.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While ambient effects are well utilized in many scenes, it's not an aggressive mix. Surrounds are restrained for the most part, save for boosting the film's score and occasional discrete effects.
SONY has included a making of featurette, which is actually pretty good, and well worth watching.
An audio commentary with the film's director gets a bit tedious early on.