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(aka "The Green Ray" or "Summer")

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France 1986

Rohmer has set this up similar to other films of his in the diary sense where the highlights of each day are chaptered and displayed to us. It is comforting to notice that often nothing really happens on certain days, much like "real life".  After many walks alone she finds examples that she may be cursed. Finding a playing card on the street, the color of self-help signs and horoscopes all give us (and her) pause for thought. She rebukes obvious advances from men rejecting their proposals, relating later she would rather be alone than have the empty feeling of a one-night stand. Being particular about what sort of company she's in and feeling down, she eavesdrops on a conversation of elderly people who discuss Jules Verne’s book, “Le Rayon Vert” (The Green Ray). The short answer to your question, “What is the Green Ray?”, well, it is a rare optical effect (a green beam) exhibited by the sun at precisely the moment it is completing setting. For those who view, it is said to help them truly understand their own inner feelings. Already giving evidence of being bohemian/spartan in her lifestyle, she's at loose ends and add to that an emotionally weak state, and this overheard conversation has an effect on her. Perhaps all she needs is a sign? 

Excerpt Taken from Gary W. Tooze's review HERE

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Release Date: August 31st, 1986 - Venice Film Festival

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Comparison:

Arrow Films - Region 0- PAL vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Manga Region 2 - PAL vs. Potemkine Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

1) Arrow Films (UK) Region 0- PAL LEFT

2) Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Potemkine Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

 Box Covers

 

 
Presently only available in either the 25 Film (52 disc!) Eric Rohmer Blu-ray Boxset: or Comedies and Proverbs Blu-ray Boxset - also from Potemkine Films:

or order the Entire Arrow Films DVD Boxset including  'The Aviator's Wife', 'A Good Marriage', 'Pauline At The Beach', 'Full Moon In Paris', 'The Green Ray', 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend', 'Love In The Afternoon' and 'The Marquise Of O' at a savings of $190 US over buying individually.  REVIEWED HERE

 

Distribution

Arrow Films

Region 2- PAL

Fox Lorber

Region 0  - NTSC

Manga Films 
Region 2 - PAL
Potemkine Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:18 1:34:24 1:33:57 1:34:26.720
Video 1.33 Original Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 4.5 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 6.10 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 5.74
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,588,475,065 bytes

Feature: 21,506,193,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Arrow Films

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Fox Lorber

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Manga

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Blu-ray

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

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) -  unchangeable "on the fly" 

DTS-HD Master Audio French 850 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 850 kbps /
16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English and none White - English - non-removable Spanish, and none ( BUT also cannot be changed "on the fly") English and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Eric Rohmer on "The Green  Ray" (8:29)
• Widescreen Trailer

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• All Regions - NTSC
• Color
• Production notes - static screens on the principles of the film

DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
Keep Case

Chapters 6

Release Information:
Studio: Manga Films

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Region 2- PAL
• Color
• Production notes - static screens on the principles of the film

DVD Release Date: 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Potemkine

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,588,475,065 bytes

Feature: 21,506,193,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Interview with Marie Riviere (20:07)

• En Compagnie de Eric Rohmer (1:53:06)

Blu-ray Release Date: November 19th, 2013
Bookstyle cardboard Blu-ray Case inside a large box

Chapters 14

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Potemkine Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (December 2013): I have already stated- I now own the Coffret Rohmer intégral combo blu ray + livret + pochette photos [Blu-ray] - it is 25 Rohmer films and 52 discs, book and more! So it will take a while to go through. My take so far is very positive. I will continue and, hopefully, at one point do a page on the entire set including the bonus discs (although extras don't seem to be English-friendly the features I have checked so far have optional English subtitles).! So it will take a while to go through. My take so far is very positive. I will continue and, hopefully, at one point do a page on the entire set including the bonus discs.

Okay, so Le Rayon Vert on Blu-ray throws us a few curves. Firstly, we always have to remember the film was shot in 16mm and you can't do better than the production (silk purse out of a sow's ear). But we have an interlaced transfer - 1080i - yet I don't see combing and I suspect this is simply a 1080i/50 and is from a PAL source (see the running times.) This would be my guess. As you can see it is also in widescreen (1.66:1) losing some information at the bottom of the frame but gaining a lot of the sides. I seem to recall discussion that The Green Ray was theatrically shown in 1.66:1... somewhere. I think the composition looks far better in this ratio. The higher resolution also produces superior visuals - even though they are not pristine. Colors become lighter and detail rises extensively. No question this is the very best I have seen my favorite Rohmer film.

Audio is uncompressed via a DTS-HD Master in the original mono. The solo violin - memorable in final scene - seems to benefit from the transfer - it sounded superior to any of the SDs. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

Despite supplements not being English-friendly - it was a pleasure to see a 20-minute interview with Marie Riviere in French but I didn't indulge in the, almost 2-hour, En Compagnie de Eric Rohmer that seemed filled with interviews, casual time with the director, meetings with friends. There is also a PAL DVD included in the cardboard case.

I am glad we were able to indentify this as 1080i and I am a little disappointed as it is a favorite but it doesn't dampen my excitement over this incredible Rohmer Boxset - which we will continue to review. Stay runed.

***

ADDITION: January -2004 I am so relieved - After looking at the Arrow Films "Boyfriends and Girlfriends" I thought they were all going to be no improvement over the atrocious F/L'ers. The Arrow Films DVD is a significant improvement though. I think it may be from that new print that toured a year or so ago. Lets remember this was shot in 16mm, so this may be as good as it gets. It shows both the Fox Lorber and Manga DVDs to be cropped on all sides. The color and contrast of the Arrow Films DVD is far superior in flesh and earth tones. It makes the other two look very saturated. Extras are also worthwhile on the Arrow Films disc with a great little thing with Rohmer explaining details (subtitled) of "The Green Ray" . Very much like a commentary although it is only 8 minutes long. The subs on the Arrow Films are removable which is also very nice. I say this is a MUST buy for all film fans. Phewwww!

What a joke. Here we have a Golden Lion WINNING Film less than 20 years old and this is what we get. Admittedly this is a favorite film of mine and as I was so disgusted with the atrocious state of the Fox/Lorber  DVD that I purchased the only other version available, even though it did not have English subs! I know the film so well, I was sure my pigeon French could get me through. I just wanted to see this film in a superior image... that's all!... I know there is a restored print out there. I have even scanned it and put it on my Rohmer website. It HERE (thanks Nick Wrigley). I realize that Gaumont R2- France are coming out with many Rohmer films in May 2003, and they better be a big improvement on the mess you see below.

Okay, tirade over. I'm sure the source print for this must be pretty darn bad... but why? This isn't some up-and-comer film maker... this is internationally acclaimed Eric Rohmer. Better stop now or I'm going to blow my stack again.

The Spanish Manga version allows you to learn French without the annoying F/L burned in subs. That is my only positive comment about all this. Ohhh... and the Manga Menus are animated. The Extras on both discs are non-existent. The picture quality equally sucks on both versions. The sound is like a cereal commercial (Snap, Crackle, Pop). Don't buy either ... wait for the Gaumont. I will review it and compare as soon as I can get my hands on them.

 - Gary W. Tooze


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

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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Menus

(Arrow Films (UK) Region 0- PAL LEFT vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - CENTER vs. Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

 

 

 

 

Potemkine Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

Potemkine Box

 


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Subtitle Sample Blu-ray

 

 

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1) Arrow Films (UK) Region 0- PAL TOP

2) Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Potemkine Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Arrow Films (UK) Region 0- PAL TOP

2) Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Potemkine Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Arrow Films (UK) Region 0- PAL TOP

2) Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Potemkine Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Arrow Films (UK) Region 0- PAL TOP

2) Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Potemkine Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Arrow Films (UK) Region 0- PAL TOP

2) Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Potemkine Films Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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 Box Covers

 

 
Presently only available in either the 25 Film (52 disc!) Eric Rohmer Blu-ray Boxset: or Comedies and Proverbs Blu-ray Boxset - also from Potemkine Films:

or order the Entire Arrow Films DVD Boxset including  'The Aviator's Wife', 'A Good Marriage', 'Pauline At The Beach', 'Full Moon In Paris', 'The Green Ray', 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend', 'Love In The Afternoon' and 'The Marquise Of O' at a savings of $190 US over buying individually.  REVIEWED HERE

 

Distribution

Arrow Films

Region 2- PAL

Fox Lorber

Region 0  - NTSC

Manga Films 
Region 2 - PAL
Potemkine Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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