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Beyond The Clouds (Par-Dela Les Nuages)

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 44 (Dec 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Fanny Ardant, Chiara Caselli, Irene Jacob, John Malkovich, Sophie Marceau, Vincent Perez, Jean Reno, Kim Rossi-Stuart, Ines Sastre, Peter Weller, Marcello Mastroiani, Jeanne Moreau

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WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the 52-minute documentary on director Michelangelo Antonioni

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID9080SIDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/22/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michelangelo Antonioni & Wim Wenders (Directors)
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Beyond The Clouds is four different stories about love and relationships linked together by the thoughts of a director (Malkovich) who is busy planning his next movie. He travels to some very beautiful European locales (such as Paris and Portofino) as he plays out the different scenarios that he may choose to film. Difficult to describe, this film is worth your time, if only for its lovely scenery and attractive cast. Director Michelangelo Antonioni was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award

DVD Picture:
The windowboxed, anamorphically enhanced 1.66:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is beautifully shot, but wanting in clarity and openness, especially with interior scenes, which appear plugged-up. Colors are nicely balanced at times, while other times slightly influenced by dominant background hues. Images are sharp, but definition and fine detail are often lacking. Edge enhancement is evident, as is pixelization, though not overly distracting. The picture can be quite pleasing at times, but overall, is generally mediocre. Source element artifacts are apparent throughout.

Although credited on the DVD packaging as Dolby