directed by Claude Berri
France 1986


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DVD Comparison:

MGM/UA - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Pathe - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Ole of DVDBasen for the R2 - PAL Screen Caps!

(MGM/UA R1 - NTSC - Left vs. Pathe R2 - PAL - Right)

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Region 1  - NTSC

Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:53:28 1:48:36 (4% PAL Speedup)

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.98 mb/s

NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.10
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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






Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, Spanish, French and none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Theatrical Release Date: December 1987

Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1.00  -  Widescreen letterbox

Edition Details:
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
• 4:3 Theatrical trailer - 1:45
• Widescreen letterbox format

DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Pathe Distribution Ltd
Theatrical Release Date: 1 December, 1987

Edition Details:
• Region 2 encoding (Europe, Middle East & Japan only)

• Widescreen non-anamorphic trailer 2:41
• Widescreen, Subtitled, PAL


DVD Release Date: March, 2000
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Chapters 21


I would say this mirrors the Jean De Florette comparison. Neither image is sterling. The Pathe has too much color saturation where the MGM is washed out. You can see attempts at improving the color in the MGM but that only makes things worse. Overall, I think the color looks more true in the MGM version but that is my eye... you may see different. The Pathe version almost appears to have a greenish tint to it, which I can't stand. Once again the Renn Productions (France) version (not compared here) is probably the superior, but it has no English subs. The Extras on both these versions is a joke, but to its credit the R2 has an widescreen trailer. Like the 'Jean de Florette" counterpart the Pathe version looks a little compressed. Ohh yeah.. the MGM looks as though it may be slightly horizontally cropped. What a bunch of crap!

 - Gary W. Tooze  


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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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