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The Cook serves up gourmet masterpieces in a beautiful restaurant. The thief holds his tyrannical court in the restaurant, terrorising all around him. His wife has a dangerous and illicit passion. Her lover is having the riskiest affair of his life. Peter Greenaway's notorious film is a modern day revenger's tragedy spiked with comedy, starring Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Tim Roth. [Official Synopsis]

Video


The film is a dark one, it's visuals are full of dark areas and shadows and it's all well captured here on that front. Colours glow well in their clearly well thought out placements and the strong reds and greens of the sets are moody and fantastically stylised.

The image isn't super sharp but there's a strong sense of the HD upgrade in other areas. Once again the lighting brings the whole thing to life, twinkling eyes, lavish costumes and reflective surfaces all lift the image.

Skin tones remain natural throughout and really beyond the slight softness to the image that keeps this looking more like a boosted DVD than a Blu-ray at times, the only negative are the odd noticeable fleck of damage in a lot of the film.

Audio


The audio is purposely raw and like that recorded within a stage play. So, with that said it's a little hollow and dialogue sounds a tad echoey but even despite that it remains clear and crisp throughout.

The moody score, and operatic pieces adds a beauty or a sense of menace to every scene lays behind the dialogue and builds the film to its big moments wonderfully. The score is probably the most solid element of the track but generally this is a good stereo presentation even if its not one that feels all that purpose built for a new Blu-ray release.

Extras


Michael Gambon has scared all the Extras off, quick move on before he sees you too!

Overall


This is a dark film with a bunch of truly horrid characters. Gambon is vile and the way he's the centre of the attention while being often obnoxious to the characters around him makes for a fascinating watch. The film is such a great mood piece that keeps you locked in to see where these characters might go next, the menace, the sadness and the tension of a film based largely on a mix of dialogue and silence is great. The characters are all thoroughly explored and this situation is stretched out and played with to wonderful effect. The Blu-ray looks fine but honestly a full restoration would make the clearly pretty film shine much better I feel and it's quite clear that's not occurred here, the same goes with the audio track as well.

* Note: The images below are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.

 The Cook, The Theif, His Wife And Her Lover
 The Cook, The Theif, His Wife And Her Lover
 The Cook, The Theif, His Wife And Her Lover
 The Cook, The Theif, His Wife And Her Lover
 The Cook, The Theif, His Wife And Her Lover
 The Cook, The Theif, His Wife And Her Lover


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