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Noroît
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles
  • 2 Discs
FEATURES
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Noroît

Dual-Format Edition
Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Jacques Rivette
1976 | 134 Minutes

Release Information
Blu-ray | MSRP: $99.95 | Series: Arrow Academy
MVD Visual

Release Date: May 23, 2017
Review Date: June 6, 2017

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SYNOPSIS

Noroît (une vengeance), is a pirate tale - and a loose adaptation of The Revenger's Tragedy - starring Geraldine Chaplin (Nashville, Cria cuervos) and Bernadette Lafont (The Mother and the Whore).


PICTURE

Arrow Academy presents Jacques Rivette’s Noroît in a new dual-format edition exclusively available in their Jacque Rivette Collection box set. The Blu-ray presents the film in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on a dual-layer disc with a 1080p/24hz high-definition presentation that comes from a new 2K scan of the original negative.

The previous film in the set, Duelle, had heavy yellow hue to the image. I’m not sure if it was intentional but I felt it threw off other aspects of the picture, particularly black levels. I was expecting that to carry on through to the other films in the set but pleasantly enough that’s not the case. Noroît has a more natural looking colour presentation in comparison, and ends up being a much more pleasant experience (it also doesn’t hurt film has more scenic settings in comparison to the other films. The black levels, first off, look substantially better). Some interior shots look off in contrast and crush the blacks a bit, but during most of the movie I found the blacks more pleasing and less milky, and details in the shadows come through better. The colours themselves can be very vibrant at times, with some striking reds and blues, the blue skies (when there isn’t overcast) looking quite brilliant.

As to the rest of the digital presentation it’s as on point as one could hope. The image is sharp, crystal clear from beginning to end, the textures and fine details of the various settings, including the stone fortress, coming through rather effortlessly. I didn’t detect any digital anomalies of any sort, film grain looking particularly good itself. The restoration work has also managed to wipe away most damage bringing us an incredibly clear looking image. It’s a terrific looking image and probably the best one in the set.

9/10

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AUDIO

Similar to Duelle the notes mention that the original magnetic reels for Noroît were beyond repair and that Arrow had to use the optical negatives or digital Betacam tapes that were made in the 90s. With all of the films I guess I was expecting not-so-ideal presentations but honestly I found the soundtracks to all three films to be very pleasant.

The French 1.0 LPCM mono track is again not all that robust but I still found volume levels fine and fidelity decent. There can be some edginess in a couple of places but damage isn’t a concern as I didn’t notice any pops or drops, and background noise wasn’t a real problem.

6/10

SUPPLEMENTS

Arrow ports over a scaled down version of their UK box set The Jacques Rivette collection to North America, including only the films Duelle, Norôit, and Merry-Go-Round. The set unfortunately drops both versions of Out 1, which has been released in North America by Carlotta Films. Most of the features have been ported over from the UK edition, though the ones pertaining to Out 1 have been, as expected, excluded. This review will only reflect what is available on the disc for Duelle

…which is nothing for this title. The listing of features on the back cover for Noroît promises some archival interviews with director Jacques Rivette but oddly they are not here. Again there are no features at for this disc. No need to fret, though: the promised feature actually appears on the Merry-Go-Round disc. Still, something more focused on Noroît would have been most welcome.

0/10

CLOSING

The Jacques Rivette Collection is a solid set overall and I highly recommend it. Noroît oddly has no special features but has the best presentation in the set.




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