Blue Is the Warmest Color Blu-Ray

blueisthewarmestcolorblurayThe winner of the 2013 Cannes film festival’s Palme d’Or is now available on Blu-Ray, courtesy of the Criterion Collection, a company which built its reputation on high quality DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

Directed by Tunisian filmmakerAbdellatif Kéchiche (The Secret of the Grain) and starring French It Girl Léa Seydoux (Farewell, My Queen) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (I Used To Be Darker), Blue Is the Warmest Color follows the poignant love story of two young French women, a high school girl and an art student, making us experience their passion and emotions throughout the years with unprecedented intimacy and realism, including a much-talked about lengthy sex scene. Clocking at almost 3 hours, the movie also flirts with existentialism and philosophy, reaching out besides its niche – the lesbian love story – to appeal to a wider audience.

This edition comes with a great looking new digital transfer approved by the director, a 5.1 surround DTS-HD French audio track and English subtitles.

When it comes to extras, there isn’t however much to offer for now with only a trailer, a tv spot plus a booklet featuring an essay by B. Ruby Rich, an American critic and scholar who champions New Queer Cinema .

Own it, Watch it or Skip it?

While this film isn’t as flawless as its award wins might suggest (read our full film review here), this is a strong and brave work which is definitely worth seeing. Whether you want to own it or not will depend on how many times you are planning to watch but you should also keep in mind that most Criterion releases become collectors and increase sharply in value after selling out so if you really like this movie,  you should go ahead and buy this edition. That being said, Criterion has announced that a fully loaded special edition of this film should come up at a later date, so you might also want to wait and just stream it on Netflix.

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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.