Priceless (2006) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
First Look Studios || R - 102 minutes - $34.98 || November 18, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-01-26


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Pierre Salavadori
Writer(s):
Cast: Audrey Tatou


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • French (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English, French

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.::THE FILM::.

I'm not one that likes watching imports...at all. I'd much rather listen to an English dub track that tries as hard as possible to match the lips of the characters then read subtitles. But, Priceless only comes with a French track so I had to bite the bullet and actually read the subtitles. While it was a bit distracting at first, within a few minutes I had no issues with reading and watching the film at the same time. I was so enamored with the utter charm of the film and characters that any doubts I had quickly faded away.

Irene (Audrey Tautou) is what most Americans would consider a gold digger - a much nicer word for a woman who only dates men for their money. She goes from man to man, getting everything she can, before they eventually go broke or get bored with her. Irene has been with her current man for a while when they take a trip and stay in a lavish hotel. Its here that she meets Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a bartender who seems to barely get by. After mistaking him for someone with money (which he happily goes along with), they spend a great night together and the next day she is gone.

Fast forward a year - Jean is still working at the same hotel when Irene and her lover decide to go back back once more for their anniversary. This time, however, he surprises her with an engagement ring and the two are set to wed. Once again, Irene sneaks out in the middle of the night to mean Jean and after a passionate life together she leaves him to go back to her new fiance. This is the point where he finds out exactly what she's been up to and dumps her.

Irene, taking advantage of the infatuation Jean has with her, uses up all his money and leaves him (even though he barely gets by as-is). He soon becomes aware at the games she is playing with men and when an older women makes a similar offer to him he gladly accepts this. Over the course of the film the two become friends - and lovers - and Irene discovers money is certainly not everything.

I was completely in love with this film. I myself am a fan of the romantic/comedy genre and was pleased to see this film is not dirty of raunchy like some are (only a brief shot of Audrey's breasts are present) and it instead goes for a great story while fine tuning each character to make them more like able. At first, one may hate Irene, but as the film goes on, you can see that she actually changes her ways and instead of going for the money she chooses true love - even if he only has a few cents to his name.

Unlike most American romantic comedies this film does not feature any silly acts where the guy glues himself to the remote, or has explosive diaheria during dinner. Instead, most of the humor takes a back seat and remains very subtle while the romantic part of the story takes center stage. Probably one of the best romantic comedies I've seen this year (right next to Dan in Real Life).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Features are presented in SD.

Deleted Scenes (36 Minutes), Outtakes (5 Minutes) So... I really can't tell you much about these scenes as First Look has not provided any English track or English subtitles for them. So unless you can understand French you probably won't get a whole lot of enjoyment from these.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Priceless is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 (VC1) on a 25GB Disc. Surprisingly the film packs a small punch as its very vibrant and has a clean transfer. I didn't notice any nasty Edge Enhancement or Digital Noise Reduction but found it to be rather soft and at times a bit out of focus. If you are expecting something that will be top tier don't look here - this is a step up from those horrid budget titles that are plaguing the Blu-ray format now.

First Look has included a French 5.1 TrueHD track for this release. Sadly, my semester in high school French is not what it used to be as I could only understand a few random words here and there. With that said, dialog still sounded clean. Subtitles available in English SDH and French.



.::OVERALL::.

First Look has picked a gem of a title to release on Blu-ray and this film comes strongly recommended. While the picture and audio may not be on par with other Blu-ray releases, you'll quickly look past them and focus on the film itself.