The Leopard

There’s nothing new in the way of extras on Criterion’s new Blu-ray upgrade of “The Leopard,” but the hi-def transfer is a stunner. The colors are so warm that you can practically feel the heat of the Sicilian summer on your face, and the climactic ball sequence now extends into infinite depth and detail.

This is not, by the way, the new, Film Foundation version of “The Leopard” that was recently screened in Cannes, but a remastering of Criterion’s 2K scan from the Italian restoration of 2003. I don’t know what the specific differences could be (the Film Foundation didn’t respond to my request for information), but apparently this most recent round of restoration has led to an even higher resolution digital master — beyond the modest capabilities of Blu-ray — that will be used for theatrical exhibition.

My New York Times review of the Criterion disc is here.

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