Borsalino appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Across the board, the transfer looked good.
No substantial issues with sharpness emerged. A few wider elements showed some minor softness, but those instances stayed minor.
No signs of jagged edges or shimmering materialized, and no edge enhancement was apparent. Source flaws remained absent, as I noticed no specks, marks or debris.
As befit the period setting, colors looked low-key. They were always as full as the cinematography demanded, though, and they appeared solid. The occasional brighter hues seemed vivid and rich within the normally subdued confines.
Blacks were dark and full, while shadows usually came across well. This was a consistently strong image.
As for the French LPCM monaural soundtrack of Borsalino, it was perfectly positive for its era. Speech sounded intelligible and clear, without significant edginess.
The movie offered a jaunty ragtime score, and these elements came across reasonably well. While the music lacked great range, it seemed clear enough.
The effects represented the source elements in a competent manner. These elements offered reasonable accuracy with passable great punch. All of this was good enough for a “B-“.
A few extras appear, and we open with an audio commentary from film scholar Josh Nelson. He provides a running, screen-specific look at the history behind the movie’s events, story/characters, cast and crew, cinematic techniques, themes and interpretation, the flick’s reception and various production notes.
With a broad mix of topics under his purview, Nelson delivers a strong discussion of the film. He covers a lot of ground and makes this a highly informative chat.
Dressing Down goes for 10 minutes, 51 seconds. It provides notes from film historian Elizabeth Castaldo Lundén.
The program focuses on costume design and period details. She delivers a good mix of insights.
Next comes The Music of Borsalino. It runs 11 minutes, 32 seconds and brings info from film historian Neil Brand.
As one might expect, Brand covers the movie’s score. He also gets into other aspects of the film and makes this a tight little reel.
An archival piece, Le Magnifique Belmondo goes for 13 minutes, one second. It offers a career overview for actor Jean-Paul Belmondo with a heavy layer of praise for the star.
We get a good compilation of movie clips and a few decent notes, especially when we see Belmondo’s Jackie Chan-like willingness to do his own stunts. Still, the happy happy tone makes this a less than objective and coherent view of its subject.
Like the title implies, this featurette looks at actor Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Along with the film’s trailer, we find an Image Gallery. It shows 34 elements that mix shots from the movie and ads. It becomes a mediocre compilation.
In addition to these disc-based materials, the set includes six artcard reproductions, a booklet and a fold-out poster. My discs-only copy lacked these materials, but I wanted to mention them.
Thanks to the charms of its legendary lead actors, Borsalino remains a perfectly watchable gangster tale. However, it lacks real purpose and sputters too much as it goes to become a real pleasure. The Blu-ray boasts positive picture, appropriate audio and a mix of bonus marerials. Borsalino turns into a decent flick but not one that lives up to its potential.