From the same director as the ridiculously overrated, "RED VIOLIN" comes "SILK." Much more about style over substance, Michael Pitt stars and narrates this tale of a French trader, journeying on behalf of a silk mill owner to the far reaches of Japan. Pitt falls in love with and marries the beautiful Keira Knightley, before again falling in love with a beautiful Japanese girl, and spending most of the rest of the film on a quest to find her again.
There's much to like about the film, in terms of its actors, imagery and music. But, these things can't overcome a script that has virtually no depth. Everything appears to be on the surface, with no subtext. Still, there are a few surprises, making the film ultimately worthwhile.
NEW LINE has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are rich and vibrant throughout. When the image appears soft, it's intentional. Even the trailer for the film looks magnificent. Contrast is nearly flawless, with deep blacks and grays. A very impressive transfer!
NEW LINE has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Dynamic range is excellent. Surrounds and discrete effects are used effectively, but with restraint. Most of the separation is focused on the front. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Some trailers are included.