Photos - Persepolis (Blu-Ray)
Hmm....this is downright baffling. Why have I not written anything about Persepolis? It's an absolutely smashing movie, and Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel is even better. This movie should be required viewing for all animation lovers, and everybody with daughters and sisters. It was a great thrill to watch on the very large screen at the Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, and afterwords I rushed out to buy the graphic novel. Marcela currently has the book right now, and she should have that thing finished by now....right, Marcee?
These Blu-Ray screenshots come from the Blu-Ray.com forums, which is an impressive source for all things BD. These shots look spectacular, really spectacular. Everything is very clear and sharp, with none of the dithering pixelation of the old DVD format. The black-and-white style, which mirrors the comic, is lush with detail and saturation. There's also a bit of homage to classic silent-era cartoons, and that's one area where the movie asserts its own identity. Of course, it helps that Satrapi co-directed the film, so her creative vision remains intact.
Persepolis is a favorite movie of mine, one of those great movies that you talk about all year. The events in Iran following their stolen election only make Satrapi's memoir all the more relevant.