The Vintner's Luck

Vintner's Luck, The - 2009

Ascension/Kortex/Acajou Films - 121 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9339065003512; 5051429102153; 814838012483
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 9339065003529(AU); 4042564135596(DE); 818522013442(US)

Cast: Jeremie Renier, Gaspard Ulliel, Vera Farmiga, Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Screenplay: Niki Caro, Joan Scheckel from the novel by Elizabeth Knox; Director of Photography: Denis Lenoir; Original Music: Antonio Pinto; Editing: David Coulson; Production Designer: Grant Major; Art Direction: Regine Constant; Costume Design: Beatrix Aruna Pasztor; Makeup Design: Denise Kum; Producers: Ludi Boeken, Niki Caro, Pascal Judelewicz, Robin Laing, Laurie Parker; Director: Niki Caro

Sobran Jodeau is an ambitious young peasant winemaker with three loves; his beautiful and passionate wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday and Xas, a fallen angel who strikes up an unlikely but enduring friendship. Under the angel's guidance, Sobran is forced to fathom the nature of love, belief and immortality in pursuit of the perfect vintage. This is a very beautiful film with a very nice soundtrack, but the story is barely the one in the novel and why doesn't Celeste age over the course of the 30+ year span of the story? Maybe Sobran ages so much more because of his randy nature, which is fully exhibited throughout. Actually I really enjoyed it, but I think that Keisha Castle-Hughes was not the one for her role. Recommended with reservations.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B-

The Vintner's Luck
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It is presented 2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9. The dvd has 5.1 dolby digital and DTS surround 5.1 audio options. The 1080p all-region PAL Blu-ray has audio options of DTS HD MA 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD 5.1. The soundtrack is only in English, but does have optional English subtitles. There are two unrelated trailers and, on the Blu-ray only, cast and crew interviews. It is available from New Zealand sellers for $35-40nz for the standard PAL R4 DVD and $45-50nz for the Blu-ray disc and in Australia $30-35au for the standard PAL R4 DVD and $40-45au for the Blu-ray disc. It has an R2 release in the UK selling for 10-15#.

As of April 2012, an all regions 1080p 1.78:1 Blu-ray became available in Europe, with DTS-HD Master 7.1 Deutsch and DTS-HD Master 5.1 English language tracks. It has Deutsch subtitles, a "Making of" featurette, a stills gallery and trailer. This disc sells for about 16 eur and goes under the title of, 'Der Engel Mit Den Dunklen Flugeln'.

An R1 ntsc DVD was released in the U.S. and Canada starting 17 April 2012, but under the misleading title of 'A Heavenly Vintage'. It is presented 2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9, and has 5.1 dolby digital English audio and optional English subtitles. Extras include an interview with the director and producer as well as the trailer. It is selling for about $15-20us.

Starting 17 November 2015, a region A blu-ray become available from North American sources, under the "A Heavenly Vintage" title, selling for about $10us.

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2010 - Qantas Film & TV Craft Awards - Best Production Design, Best Costume Design.

2010 - Qantas Film and Television Awards - 42 Below - Best Lead Actress - Vera Farmiga

2011 - Sedona Film Festival - Directors' Choice Award - Best Period Drama

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