(aka "Jules and Jim")

France 1962

"One of François Truffaut's best-loved films starts with the meeting in 1912 of Jules (Oskar Werner, who'd work with Truffaut again in "Fahrenheit 451") and Jim (Henri Serre) and charts the close life-long friendship that develops between them. Surprising, given the pressure to which it is exposed.

Here, Truffaut displays many of the directing techniques that made his films stand out from those he'd written about as a critic - jump cuts, freeze frames, a narration, and masking off parts of the screen.

And as is typical for Truffaut, his characters enjoy the arts, whether its cinema, theatre, literature or music. "Jules et Jim" 's music itself fits the mood perfectly, and stays with you long after the film is over."

Excerpt from Jason Korsner  BBC1 Review located HERE

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Distribution Fox/Lorber Video 
Region 0 encoded (NTSC) 
Region 2 PAL (Japan, Europe, Middle East)
Runtime 1:29:03 ( no adjustment for PAL speed-up ) 1:41:20 
Video Widescreen - 2.31:1
Average Bitrate: 8.13  mb/s

NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Widescreen - 2.37:1 
Average Bitrate:  6.66 mb/s

PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
  NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Fox/Lorber Video:




Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Commentary in English (Dolby Digital 1.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English (removable) English (removable)
Features: Release Information:
Studio: Fox Lorber
Theatrical Release Date: January 23, 1962

Aspect Ratio(s):
Widescreen letterbox - 2.32:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: All Regions
Layers: DVD 9, Dual layer, single side

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:36)

8 Other Trailers featuring 

  • The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)

  • Two English Girls (Les Deux anglaises et le continent)

  • The Last Metro (Le denier métro)
    The Woman Next Door (La Femme d'à côté)

  • Confidentially Yours (Vivement dimanche!)

  • Stolen Kisses (Basiers volés)

  • Bed & Board (Domicile conjugal)

  • Love on the Run (L'Amour en fuite)

Audio commentary by Glenn Kenny, film critic for Premiere Magazine
• Production credits
• Vintage Truffaut Trailer Collection
• Tribute To Jeanne Moreau (2:15)
• Filmographies Awards ( Truffaut, Moreau, Werner and Serre )

Non-animated menu
Scene Access with 6 chapters and remote access

1 Original Trailer(s)

1 Featurette(s)

DVD Release Date(re-release): April 23, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 6

Release Information:
Production Company: mk2

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen  - 2.38:1 (original aspect ratio)

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 2
Layers: DVD 9, Dual layer, single side

Scene selection, trailer (1.35) , filmographies

• Audio commentary with Jeanne Moreau, and Serge Toubiana ( occasional gaps ).
• Introduction to the film by Serge Toubiana (4 Minutes) 
• Interview, approx. 7 minutes. Truffaut discussing the book and his relationship with Henri-Pierre Roché. 

• 2nd interview features Truffaut commenting on a few scenes (approx. 9 Minutes).
• Also included are many trailers (French with English subtitles) :

  • Les quatre cents coups - Anamorphic 2.35:1

  • Tirez sur le pianiste - Anamorphic 2.35:1 (x 2)

  • Jules et Jim - Anamorphic 2.35:1

  • Le peau douce - Anamorphic 1.66:1

  • Baiser voles - Anamorphic 1.66:1

  • Domicile conjugal - Anamorphic 1.66:1

  • Les deux Anglaises et le Continent 1.66:1

  • L’amour en fuite - Anamorphic 1.66:1

  • Le dernier metro - Anamorphic 1.66:1

  • La femme d'à côté - Anamorphic 1.66:1

  • Vivement Dimanche! - Anamorphic 1.66:1

Fahrenheit 451 (anamorphic) 1.85:1 with no dialogue.


DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2002
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 30


Okay, a lot of work and research has gone into this one. I initially received comparison images from one source over a month ago and have been trying to determine which aspect ratio is off. When I received a 2nd batch from a totally different source AND one of my ListServ members was able to confirm by comparing the images in the official screenplay book, I can state that the mk2 ratio is messed up in this particular DVD. Looking closely at the images in captures # 4 , 5 and 7, you can see that the faces in the mk2 have been squeezed vertically to border on looking absurd. Both discs have approximately the same transfer with clarity and contrast going in mk2's slight favor. Saying that, in certain instances I see the sharpness leaning towards the Fox/Lorber edition, again showing how close the images are. the mk2 have better deeper black levels. The menus are strongly in mk2's favor and the Extras only slightly so. My guess is how this ratio squeezing occurred is that the mk2 image is actually slightly longer ( you can see if you look closely at his hand at the bottom comparing captures in # 7 ) . For some reason it has been compressed to suit the constraints of a 2.35:1 DVD ( actually the mk2 images are about 2.37: 1 where the F/L's are 2.31:1 ). So this does not fare well for purchasing the Truffaut 12 disc Boxset offered by mk2, but I have no indication that this is a problem with the rest of the DVDs in the set. We will continue to do comparisons in this selection in the future, but in this particular film, buy the Fox R1.  Skeptics can look HERE !  


After delving even further into this comparison, I would like the opportunity to adjust my stance. Although I am not 100% convinced that the mk2 images are in perfect ratio (they still look vertically squished to me) I do think, if nothing else, that the Fox image is similarly imperfect. With the help of Ole from DVDBasen, we have created a webpage of circles (a good judge of aspect ration adherence) at this LOCATION. It shows that the Fox is more than likely the culprit in fiddling with the aspect ratio. I can only find the mk2 perfect IF the side-by-side comparison of both causes a kind of optical illusion, making the mk2 look disproportionate. Anyway, this week we are standing by mk2 and their product and condemning Fox / Lorber with their obvious doctoring of a classic film. Apologies for taking so long to reach this conclusion: the MK2 is the one to buy.  

Gary Tooze

Alternate Version


Tartan Video also has this film released

Video Tracks: Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

Subtitle Tracks: English

Special Features Introduction to the film 
Audio commentary by Jeanne Moreau 
Original theatrical trailer 
Francois Truffaut Collection trailers 
Truffaut talks about the book `Jules et Jim` (1966) 
Truffaut talks about his film and discusses a few scenes (1965) 

Tartan vs. MK2 Disc sample


Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)


The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana



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