(aka 'Stolen Kisses')

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France 1968

 

Jean-Pierre Léaud returns in the delightful Stolen Kisses, the third installment in the Antoine Doinel series. It is now 1968, and the mischievous and perpetually love-struck Doinel has been dishonorably discharged from the army and released onto the streets of Paris, where he stumbles into the unlikely profession of private detective and embarks on a series of misadventures. Whimsical, nostalgic, and irrepressibly romantic, Stolen Kisses is Truffaut’s timeless ode to the passion and impetuosity of youth.

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DVD Comparison:

Mk2 (France) - Region 2- PAL vs. Criterion (Doinel Boxset) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Fox Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC

NOTE: Criterion Box HERE contains - The 400 Blows / Antoine & Collette / Stolen Kisses / Bed & Board / Love on the Run

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Distribution

Mk2 (France)

Region 2 -  PAL

Criterion Collection Spine # 186

Region 0  - NTSC

Fox Lorber
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:27:01 (4% PAL speedup) 1:31:15 1:26:54
Video

1.61:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.19 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.61:1.00 Slightly cropped
Average Bitrate: 7.94
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Mk2

 

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Criterion

 

Bitrate:

Fox Lorber

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English and none White, English and none English (non-removable)
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Mk2 (France)

Theatrical Release Date: Feb 14th, 1969

Aspect Ratio: 1.61:1
Widescreen anamorphic

Edition Details:

Side 1: 
Commentary with Claude Jade and Claude de Givray
Présentation du film par Serge Toubiana (3:16)

Extras (no subtitles!)

 

Side 2:
Antoine et Colette (anamorphic 2.35:1) (With English subtitles (29:04)

Présentation du film par Serge Toubiana (1:36)
Commentary with Marie-France Pisier
Truffaut parle du cycle Doinel (1970) (7:05)
L'affaire Langlois (archives de 1968 commentées par Bernard Eisenshitz)(12:24)
Spot de soutien à Henri Langlois - with Truffaut/Godard(0:58)
Festival de Cannes 1968 (7:06)
Trailer (3:51)

Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s

 

DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2002

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Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment / Criterion Collection

Theatrical Release Date: Feb 14th, 1969

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Widescreen anamorphic

Edition Details (from Doinel Boxset):

• Black & White, Color, Widescreen, Box set
• Includes: The 400 Blows, Antoine and Colette, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run
• Audio commentary on The 400 Blows by film scholar Brian Stonehill
• Audio commentary on The 400 Blows by Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay
Les Mistons (1957), Truffaut's 18-minute short
• Audio commentary for Les Mistons by then assistant director and future writing collaborator Claude de Givray
• Introduction to Les Mistons by Truffaut historian Serge Toubiana
• Rare audition footage of cast members from The 400 Blows
• Newsreel footage of Jean-Pierre Leaud at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959
Portrait de Truffaut (1961), a 25-minute documentary about Truffaut
• Introduction to Stolen Kisses by film historian Serge Toubiana
• Archival newsreel footage of the "Langlois Affair"
• Newsreel footage of Truffaut's impassioned rally to shut down the 1968 Cannes Film Festival in support of striking students and workers
• Promotional spot featuring Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut appealing for public support of Henri Langlois
• Rare footage of Truffaut and co-writer Bernard Revon discussing their notes
• Interview footage of Truffaut speaking about Antoine Doinel and the decision to continue the Doinel series with Stolen Kisses
• Interview footage of Truffaut discussing the entire Doinel cycle
• Excerpt from a 1979 TV show featuring Truffaut
• Theatrical trailers for The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run
• Booklet featuring Truffaut's writings, notes, script treatments, interviews with Truffaut, and more
• Widescreen anamorphic format
• Number of discs: 5

DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
Slip Case in the 'Antoine Doinel Boxset'

Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Lorber
Theatrical Release Date: Feb 14th, 1969

Aspect Ratio:

Widescreen - 1.61:1

Edition Details:
• All Regions
• Color
• Production notes
• Theatrical trailer
• Vintage Truffaut Trailer Collection
• 'Tribute to Jean Pierre Leaud' in widescreen non-anamorphic (2:23)


DVD Release Date: April 23, 2000
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Comments:
Unfortunately the compressed screen caps don't give justice to the image quality of the Criterion. Instead it simply magnifies the flaws of the Fox Lorber and Mk2 with their contrast boosting and edge enhancement. The Mk2 suffers from extreme edge enhancement. The Fox Lorber is vertically cropped for some reason and the colors are off in comparison to the Criterion. The colors of the Mk2 PAL version are totally saturated and therefore are inaccurate. This is all kind of a no-brainer as the Criterion is so much better in so many areas. I did notice a few scratches on the Criterion but they are definitely exhibiting a softer more accurate contrast level. Not too much good film grain peeking through, but it is there in the Criterion regardless. The Extras on the Criterion box set DVDs are ridiculous in quantity and the Mk2 give them a fair run for their money. Both will keep you watching for days. I had considered buying the Criterions just for selling again, but after watching 'Stolen Kisses' will now have to keep them and 'give away' my Fox Lorbers or use them as coasters. It is no surprise that Criterion obliterated the competition here. 

 - Gary W. Tooze



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Recommended Reading on Truffaut /  French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

François Truffaut
by Annette Insdorf
HITCHCOCK (REVISED EDITION)
by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut
The French New Wave: An Artistic School
by Michel Marie, Richard John Neupert, Richard Neupert
A History of the French New Wave Cinema
by Richard Neupert
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

Check out more in "The Library"


 

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or in 12-disc Truffaut Boxset (with English subtitles):

 

Distribution

Mk2 (France)

Region 2 -  PAL

Criterion Collection Spine # 186

Region 0  - NTSC

Fox Lorber
Region 0 - NTSC



 

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