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|Contributor||Keisha Castle-Hughes, Gaspard Ulliel, Eric Godon, J駻駑ie Renier, Stephane Garneau, Patrice Valota, Juliette Mariotte, Fran輟is Beukelaers, Vania Vilers, Finn Van Mell, Niki Caro See more|
Australia released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby TrueHD ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The compelling tale of Sobran Jodeau, an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life, his beautiful and passionate wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday and Xas, a fallen angel who strikes up an unlikely but enduring friendship. Under his guidance Sobranis forced to fathom the nature of love and belief and in the process grapples with the sensual, the sacred and the profane, in pursuit of the perfect vintage. ...The Vintner's Luck (2009) (Blu-Ray)
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 16.76 x 13.46 x 1.52 cm; 90.72 Grams
- Director : Niki Caro
- Media Format : Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 126 minutes
- Release date : 1 February 2010
- Actors : Fran輟is Beukelaers, J駻駑ie Renier, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Vania Vilers, Eric Godon
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Icon Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B003PTP4UE
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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I purchased The Vintner’s Luck because Keisher Castle-Hughes is in the cast – having seen her previously in some other films (Hey, Hey It’s Esther Blueburger, Whale Rider and Red Dog) that I had enjoyed. I knew nothing of the plot of The Vintner’s Luck, but having watched other films where I have known (some of) the cast but nothing of the plot and having been rewarded with enjoyable films, I was happy to do just that with this film, but there was my mistake.
Now to be fair, if I knew the plot of this film I may not have purchased the DVD. The main, but not only aspect of this film that I didn’t like was the need to have a belief like that of a five-year-old child that angels, complete with clichéd very large white feathered wings, exist. As I said though, my fault for not reading a synopsis. Just as disappointing for me was finding that most, if not all, of the dialogue had been recorded in post-production, giving a very unnatural sound to much of what was spoken.
On top of that, the plot, such as it was, was somewhat lightweight and repetitive. Yes there is some pleasant scenery in the film but such images have often been photographed much better in other films, for example the photography in The Return Of Martin Guerre shows rural, peasant France much more convincingly.
Keisha Castle-Hughes is an Oscar nominated actress, but sadly for me she was very much in a supporting role in The Vintner’s Luck. So all round, this was a very disappointing film for me.
I guess this is one for fans of angels and dubbed dialogue.
On the DVD you get:
The Vintner’s Luck (2:01)
Set-up: 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS Surround 5.1
Optional English Subtitles for the hard of hearing.
It is a New Zealand and French co-production but the language is English only.
The two main characters, Sorban and Xas, are well played by their respective actors, Jérémie Renier and Gaspard Ulliel. In particular, Ulliel is perfectly cast as the angel, Xas. A man of almost ethereal beauty, he wonderfully captures the essence of Xas.
I strongly recommend this film, but caution viewers who have read the book to accept the film on its own terms. If you purchase it expecting to see a faithful reproduction of the novel, you will be disappointed. If you watch it as an exceptional piece of filmmaking, you will be delighted.