Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, Chocolat is an unusual fairy tale of a comedy that takes place in a quaint French village, where rigid traditions have blanketed the town for the last 100 years. However, the town is in for a transformation when a mysterious traveler Vianne Rocher (Binoche) and her daughter arrive and set up a chocolate shop. Vianne
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that can be slightly soft and hazy, though images are otherwise nicely defined. Colors exhibit good balance, with accurate fleshtones, deep blacks, and hues that are easy-on-the-eyes. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered, though some scenes are slightly dim. There is a bit of edge enhancement that distracts from an otherwise pleasing picture. (Suzanne Hodges)
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