Fahrenheit 451

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U.K. 1966

 

Fahrenheit 451 is usually discussed either as a Science Fiction film or a Francois Truffaut movie, as if the two were mutually exclusive. Sci Fi enthusiasts point to unconvincing details in the future Utopia, and Truffaut aficionados think it a bad idea for the director to be doing a film away from his known specialty, intimate relationship stories - and outside of his native language, to boot.

 

A bit rigid in form and dramatically muted, Fahrenheit 451's aim for poetic immediacy instead of a surface of futuristic hardware went against the Science Fiction trend in 1966. But it still remains the best adaptation of a Ray Bradbury story.

Excerpt from Glenn Erickson's review found HERE

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Theatrical Release Date: September 11th, 1966 - France

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Distribution

Universal

Region 2,4 - PAL

Universal

Region 1  - NTSC

MK2
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:47:44 (4% PAL speedup) 1:52:16 1:47:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.95
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.81 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.77:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.53
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio English, French, German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

English, French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

Subtitles English, French, German, none English, French, Spanish and none French (forced)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Special Features:
• The Novel: A discussion with Ray Bradbury
• Making of Fahrenheit 451
• Commentary with Julie Christie
• The Music of Fahrenheit 451
• The Original Title Sequence
• Photo Poster Gallery

DVD Release Date: Nov 10th, 2003
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Chapters 16

 

Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Special Features:
• The Novel: A discussion with Ray Bradbury
• Making of Fahrenheit 451
• Commentary with Julie Christie
• The Music of Fahrenheit 451
• The Original Title Sequence
• Photo Poster Gallery
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: MK2 (France)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1



Edition Details:
Special Features:
La présentation du film par Serge Toubiana
Une interview de François Truffaut
Truffaut parle de la genèse du film
Truffaut parle de sa rencontre avec Ray Bradbury
Truffaut parle du choix des acteurs, du tournage à Londres
Extraits du journal de tournage de François Truffaut lus par Serge Rousseau (75 min)
Une interview de Julie Christie à Paris à l'occasion de la première du film
Un portrait de l'écrivain Ray Bradbury

DVD Release Date: 2002
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Chapters 26

Comments:
ADDITION: (Universal Region 2,4 - July - 04 ) - The Region 1 DVD still has the edge in image. The region 2,4 (Universal) looks brightened... so much so that detail has been removed from some of the shots (specifically from the first large capture below). When you mess with the brightness level - you destroy any tight contrast (blacks no longer appear deep and pitch) and this is evident in comparing the Region 1 vs. the PAL editions. MK2 is still the winner in Extras. Colors appear more vibrant on the Universal region 2, but I suspect it is manipulated and therefore possibly changing it from its original intent. Saying that though it looks remarkably clean and not terribly off hue from the Universal region 1. I say get the Universal Region 1 for the image and MK2 for the extras (for real keeners).

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The Universal Region 1 is sharper, but one of these editions has had color manipulation. Without further evidence it is hard to distinguish exactly who is the culprit. Using contrast boosting (brightness) and skin tones as clues, I am led to believe it is the Universal which appears to have too much brightened red in its image. It is hard to say for sure, but as the MK2 version is somewhat softer you may wish to go for the Universal DVD regardless of the color manipulation. I don't have a 3rd DVD for comparison on the color front so I will give the image tussle to Universal, Extras - a slight edge to MK2 - and Menus to MK2 as well, with the sound being equal.   

 - Gary W. Tooze

NOTE: The big drawback to the Mk2 edition is that the French subtitles appear forced (mandatory). Forum member 'mordo' has posted instructions to remove the French subtitles mentioned above. These instructions are for a European Panasonic A-350:
Press stop at the menu, and then just start the movie from title 8 (not chapter 8)



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Image:

Universal (Region 1)

Sound:

Universal (Region 1)

Extras: MK2
Menu: MK2

 


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

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