Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 13th, 2017
Theatrical Release Dates: France, April 9th, 1986 (Theatrical Cut), France, June 26th, 1991 (Director’s Cut)
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Writer: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Cast: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland, Clémentine Célarié, Jacques Mathou
BluRay released: May 5th, 2011
Approximate running time: 116 minutes (Theatrical Cut)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Interlaced / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: R 18+ (Australia)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo French
Subtitles: English (Non-Removeable)
BluRay Release: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $15.00
Betty Blue was written and directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose other notable films include Diva, Roselyne and the Lions, IP5: The Island of Pachyderms and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. And before becoming a director Jean-Jacques Beineix worked as second assistant director on the rarely seen Jerry Lewis film The Day the Clown Cried.
Betty Blue would mark the first collaboration between cinematographer Jean-François Robin and Jean-Jacques Beineix. There other collaborations include Roselyne and the Lions and IP5: The Island of Pachyderms. The score for Betty Blue was composed by Gabriel Yared, whose other notable scores include, Camille Claudel, The Lover, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Moon in the Gutter and IP5: The Island of Pachyderms.
The plot revolves two complete opposites who fall head over heels in love with each other. Betty is a free spirit who has a lust for living life to the fullest, while Zorg is reluctant to take chances as he never strays too far away from his mundane life. Without a doubt the most powerful aspect of this film is the evolution of the two main characters (Betty & Zorg) and how by the end of the film their personalities exchange places.
Performance wise all of the cast are very good in their respective roles with the films standout performance coming from Béatrice Dalle (her feature film debut) in the role of Betty. It is easy to fall under her spell as is captivating throughout. The most memorable moments in the film revolve around Betty’s outbursts and her disintegration in the final act. Ultimately Betty Blue is a grueling experience that is extremely rewarding in the end.
Betty Blue comes on a 25 GB single layer (20 .8 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 interlaced widescreen. Though the image is interlaced, this transfer is still favorable when compared to Cinema Libre’s North American BluRay release. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and the image looks crisp. Grain looks natural, there are no major issues with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mis in French and included with this release are non-removable English subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall Betty Blue gets a serviceable audio / video presentation that leaves room for improvement.