http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/rohmer.htm
France / Greece / Italy / Russia / Spain 2004

 

Slow paced, and using a lot of dialogue, this film demands an attentive viewing. Decidedly, not recommended for people in a haste, wishing for a short respite between work and home. This film is Art, and History. Selected Pathé News reels from the period preceding World War 2 give us the context in which evolves a "White Russian" officer and his "Greek refugee" wife, living in Paris before, and during Nazi occupation. Is he a right-wing Russian, playing for the Nazis against a Communist France? Is he an underground agent of the Soviets, not opening his game even to affiliated communist friends? Is he a Nazi duping everyone else, as his wife once suspects? Is she as innocent as she tells, or is she a knowing part of her husband's triple spying schemes, or at least part of it? Spying is a question of technology, and that is shown in the end of the film, though the degree of technology used before our times of satellites seem ludicrous, but were terrific then. Spying is mostly a question of Humint (acronym for human intelligence), yesterday as today. French director Rohmer gives a master lesson in politics, History, human behavior, love, and intelligence for all cinema lovers, based on true facts not fully explained even to this day. Highly recommended to spies of all colours, too - and they are legion...

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Theatrical Release: February 13th, 2004 - Berlin Film Festival

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DVD Comparison:

Blaq Out Video - Region 2 - PAL vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Nick Wrigley and Henrik Sylow for the Screen Caps!

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Blaq Out Video

Region 2 - PAL

Artificial Eye
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:50:35 1:50:35
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.62 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital French, 3.0 Dolby Digital French

2.0 Dolby Digital French, 3.0 Dolby Digital French

Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, None English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Blaq Out Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Original Trailer
• Conversation Nicolas Werth and Irene Skobline (subtitled)

DVD Release Date: October 28th, 2004
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Chapters 14
 

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Conversation Nicolas Werth and Irene Skobline (38:34)
• Original Trailer

 

DVD Release Date: March 21, 2005
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Chapters 14

 

Comments This is another fine disc from Blaq Out. Decent image, vibrant colors, tight lines, great contrast, a host of well-done subtitle options, excellent menus and a bonus interview as an extra feature (also subtitled). Only thing missing is a Rohmer commentary.
 

 


Gary Tooze

The Artificial Eye edition appears to be the exact same version as the Blaq Out edition.

While both versions have a curious mix of subtitle languages, the interview is only subtitled in English and Portuguese.

Henrik Sylow



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(Blaq Out Video - Region 2 - PAL - TOP vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

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Blaq Out Video

Region 2 - PAL

Artificial Eye
Region 2 - PAL

 




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