Ed Norton has stated that his main goal for doing "THE PAINTED VEIL" was to create a film in the style of a grand David Lean film. "THE PAINTED VEIL" is that and more! While Lean has certainly created his share of masterpieces, even his best work, even with a screenwriter as grand as Robert Bolt, didn't always achieve the depth in narrative that the visuals achieved. "THE PAINTED VEIL" is a masterpiece that achieves wonders in every aspect, including its script. It also utilizes flashbacks in a way that's never confusing or annoying. Set in 1920's China, this romantic epic has Norton playing Doctor Walter Fane, a shy, awkward bacteriologist. Smitten with the beautiful "Kitty", the daughter of wealthy socialites wanting to marry her off to someone. Upon hearing her mother tell someone she's resigned that Kitty will never marry, Kitty accepts Walter's urgent marriage proposal. They move for his work to Shanghai, wherein Kitty quickly becomes bored with Walter and begins a passionate affair with the married, local Vice-Consul. When Walter discovers this affair he forces her to move with him to the rural outskirts where he aims to end a growing cholera epidemic. A lot more happens, but without ruining the film, let's just say Walter and Kitty both grow and a real love story blooms.
WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this release and it's glorious! Colors are rich and vibrant in every scene. The image varies, intentionally, in its sharpness depending on the given scene, but detail is always impressive. A few darker scenes lack the definition found on the best dvd transfers, but for the most part the transfer is outstanding.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not an aggressive mix, the wonderful score compliments the sweeping imagery through all speakers effectively, and there are some impressive ambient effects.
Unfortunately, there's no commentary or extras, besides a trailer.