Certified Copy Review

The Digital Fix already houses an excellent review of Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, so I’ll simply redirect to you Noel Megahey’s thoughts HERE. I admit I was a little less enamoured with the film than Noel, though this was largely a result of the high standards of so many of the director’s earlier features. Nonetheless, it remains a very good return to more conventional filmmaking following the overtly experimental likes of Five and Shirin.

THE DISC

I’ve been very impressed with the Artificial Eye Blu-rays that I’ve had the chance to sample and Certified Copy is no different. The disc is presented in 1080p using an AVC encode and region free. The original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 is retained and the picture quality is very good. The image remains crisp and clean throughout and is mostly without flaw. However, some of the darker scenes suffer from slightly glossy blacks with limited shadow detail, especially the final scene, and there are moderate instances of edge enhancement. With that said, it is worthwhile noting that Certified Copy was shot using the RED ONE digital camera and as such some of these flaws could have been inherent in the original image. The soundtrack - which offers up a mixture of English, French and Italian dialogue - is ably handled with a DTS-HD master audio track complemented with optional English subtitles.

Extras are limited to a ‘making of’ featurette and the theatrical trailer. However, the former is a lengthy 52-minute piece that goes through the whole production process from Kiarostami’s initial idea to the final film. The writer-director is amongst the interviewees, as are leads Juliette Binoche and William Shimell, whilst there is plenty of behind-the-scenes footage. Admittedly, it doesn’t quite compare with Kiarostami’s own ‘making of’ docs (Ten on 10, et al), but then that’s a tough ask.

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