SRP $28.95 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5,1 SONY
SRP $38.95 1.85:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY

An animated film, based on two graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, "PERSEPOLIS," is a rare accomplishment. While many animated films intended for adults, tend to become buried by the weight of their own structure, "PERSEPOLIS" becomes freer due to it, liberating the viewer with a refreshing kind of film experience in the process.  The auto-biographical novels followed Marjane's experiences growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran, and later in Vienna.  Born into a thinking, educated communist household, it's remarkable and eye-opening to see why her family first embraced the revolution, and is then shocked to see how much more repressive their country becomes.  The style of animation is perfect for the subject matter, utilizing mostly black and white animation, bookended by color.  The use of light and shadow is extremely effective in creating an ominous atmosphere at just the right key moments, and even creating a liberating environment at other times.

"PERSEPOLIS" is certainly not for youngsters, but those older than 12 would certainly appreciate and become enlightened as well as entertained, by watching it with adults.

SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p blu-ray release. The black and white animation is perfectly rendered, with flawless contrast and a slick presentation. The resolution is outstanding, and even though the imagery is intentionally 2-dimensional, the overall quality of the blu-ray is perfect throughout.  The dvd transfer offers impressive resolution, but it never comes close to what's achieved with the blu-ray's image. Blacks and grays are decent, but lack the inky depth of the blu-ray as well.

SONY has included the original French language mix(with Dolby TrueHD 5.1)and optional english subtitles, as well as a  English Dubbed mix(Dolby TrueHD 5.1). Both are great mixes, and both offer a surprisingly aggressive mix. Discrete effects kick in with impact, often without warning, and becoming more effective than one would anticipate. A truly effective mix. The dvd's Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is comparable to the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix in terms of overall quality, however, it lacks the impact of more subtle effects found in the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix of the blu-ray.

There are some bonus features, including a Q&A segment from the Cannes Film Festival, as well as short featurettes.