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(aka "The Clockmaker" or "The Watchmaker of St. Paul" or "The Clockmaker of St. Paul")

 

directed by Bertrand Tavernier
France 1974

 

Bertrand Tavernier is among the best French directors, and the film that I like most, is The Clockmaker based on a novel by Georges Simenon. Here's many similarities to the resent Turkish film Uzak by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, even tough the style of the film is different. Both film focus on a middle-aged man, who after several years of isolation have to confront himself. In The Clockmaker, true his son and in Uzak true his cousin. Both films view a very strong picture of the town the films is made, Clockmaker in Lyon, Uzak in Istanbul. They are like a puzzle, where every scene unmask the main character (clockmaker / photographer). When we have enough pieces, the film ends leaving the audience to build the rest. Both films are deeply human, with a feeling of solitude, and both films are the best cinema can give us.Pierre-William Glenn has beautifully captured the city of Lyon, and I have always liked the music of Philippe Sarde. Never has Philippe Noiret and Jean Rochefort been so compelling in their performances.

Per-Olof Strandberg

Poster

Theatrical Release: January 16th, 1974

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DVD Comparison:

Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL vs. Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Screen Caps!

(Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

DVD Box Covers

Distribution

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Kino Video
Region 0 - NTSC

On March 24th, in the UK, Optimum released 5 Bertrand Tavernier titles:

Ça commence aujourd'hui (Bertrand Tavernier, 1999) R2 UK Optimum

Coup de torchon (Bertrand Tavernier, 1981) R2 UK - Optimum Home Entertainment

Horloger De Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker) (Bertrand Tavernier, 1974) R2 UK Optimum

Le Juge et l'assassin (Bertrand Tavernier, 1976) R2 UK Optimum

L.627 (Bertrand Tavernier, 1992) R2 UK Optimum

Runtime 1:40:45 (4% PAL speedup) 1:40:27
Video

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.61 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.09 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Optimum Home Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

 

Kino Video

 

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, None English (Forced)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Director's Commentary (In English)
• Interview with Tavernier (48:08/16:9/In English)
• Trailer (3:15/16:9)
• DVD-9

DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2008
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Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• None
 

DVD Release Date: 8 /1 2002 (re-release)
Keep Case

Chapters 14

 

Comments:

ADDITION - Optimum - April 08': Here's very little to compare. The KINO edition is an environment problem compared to the new Optimum (UK) disc. The screen captures tells everything! The KINO edition is cropped on every side, the detail is poor and the image is muddy and soft. It has occupied only 3.03 GB of size of a single -layered disc, where the Optimum has 7.46 GB on a dual-layered disc. The Optimum reports a very clean, razor sharp image, that, I don't imagine, couldn't look much better on SD. The colors could be a shade faded over time. The Optimum DVD has a new, very informative commentary track in English language.

An excellent film in a worthy package. Don't miss it!

******

About the KINO edition (01-30-2005):
PICTURE
I think Kino released this DVD for the first time in 1998. The standard of the DVD is much like other DVD's from that time. The DVD is taken from a PAL source. Obvious there is some combing. The picture is a little soft and the colors are faded, but in motion it actually looks better than on the screen caps. The black color is never blocked. I've viewed it with a projector with no problems. The DVD is non anamorphic, but the English subtitles are inside the 1:1.66 framing, so it can be zoomed on wide-screen equipment.

SOUND
The sound is a solid mono track. It's clear and dynamic. There's some minor faults (like as the wind was blowing in to the microphone), but it can be in the original mixing.

OVERALL
I don't think we get an other DVD of this title, and even tough it's not of recent
standards, this can be viewed without distraction.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 



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(Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)
Combing on Kino

 

 

DVD Box Covers

 

Distribution

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Kino Video
Region 0 - NTSC

On March 24th, in the UK, Optimum released 5 Bertrand Tavernier titles:

Ça commence aujourd'hui (Bertrand Tavernier, 1999) R2 UK Optimum

Coup de torchon (Bertrand Tavernier, 1981) R2 UK - Optimum Home Entertainment

Horloger De Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker) (Bertrand Tavernier, 1974) R2 UK Optimum

Le Juge et l'assassin (Bertrand Tavernier, 1976) R2 UK Optimum

L.627 (Bertrand Tavernier, 1992) R2 UK Optimum

 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Optimum

Sound:

Optimum

Extras: Optimum
Menu: Optimum
 




 

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