(aka "La Marquise d'O" or The Marquise of O" )

 

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West Germany / France 1976

Poster

Theatrical Release: May 19th, 1976 - France

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DVD Comparison:

Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Gaumont / Columbia Tri-Star Home Video (2 Disc) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Ted Todorov  and Per-Olof Strandberg for the Screen Captures

(Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL LEFT vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. GCTHV - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution Arrow Films
Region 2 - PAL

Fox / Lorber

Region 1  - NTSC

Gaumont / Columbia Tri-Star Home Video
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:38:22 (4% PAL speedup) 1:38:15 1:38:21 (4% PAL speedup)
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: 5.79 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.39 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Fox / Lorber

 

 

UNAVAILABLE

Bitrate:

Fox / Lorber

 

Bitrate:

 

Gaumont

 

Audio German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)

German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)

Subtitles English and none English (non-removable) French and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (in 1:1.66) 3:59

DVD Release Date:
May 24th, 2004
Box set
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Fox / Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Filmographies
• Production Notes

DVD Release Date: September 5th, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Gaumont Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer

2nd Disc:

The Gaumont Marquise of O is a 2 DVD set:
The second DVD (a DVD-9) contains a 138 minute feature film that Eric
Rohmer made for TV based on another Kleist book: 'Catherine de Heilbronn'

DVD Release Date:
April 20th, 2004
Box set
Chapters: 14

 

 

 

Comments:
ADDITION (Arrow Films - Sept 04): It's nice to see the Arrow Films has again come up to speed with these Rohmer films for English speaking audiences. Colors are vibrant, defined and rich... bordering on saturation. Regardless they look great if not of the same softer pallet of the other two. Of course the big bonus are the removable subtitles and superior image to the Fox Lorber (ABOUT TIME!). Done properly there is no ghosting ion the Arrow Films DVD. It is dark and skin tones have some excessive red in them. The extras pale in comparison to the two disc Gaumont. Still, I am happy with the Arrow Films edition as it eclipses my very old (and poorly done) Fox Lorber DVD !

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The Gaumont comes in a Boxset with 5 other Rohmer films. None have English subtitles.

According to our bitrate charts - the Fox looks to be taken from an HD Tape while the Region 2 is not (???). Of course the biggest factor involved is (again!) that Fox has not properly converted to NTSC leaving the inherent problems (ghosting, artifacts etc. ). The Gaumont is sharper and brighter, but skin tones look a little redder. Neither image shows any cropping in comparison to each other. It's a shame that the Gaumont's subtitles are superior as they don't offer English as an option. The English subs are non-removable on the Fox / Lorber. We suspect that Arrow Films will port and offer an English option very soon. The Gaumont's meager trailer is better than Fox's static text screens when it comes to extras, but the Gaumont also offers a whole 2nd disc of Rohmer's TV production "Catherine de Heilbronn" - a wonderful bonus.

 - Gary W. Tooze

 


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

 

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

Check out more in "The Library"




DVD Menus

(Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL
LEFT vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. GCTHV - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 


 

Subtitle Sample

(Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. GCTHV - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)


 


Screen Captures

(Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. GCTHV - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


 

(Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. GCTHV - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Arrow Films - Region 0 - PAL TOP vs. Fox / Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. GCTHV - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

NOTE: See ghosted image of female face in the harp of the Fox Lorber

 


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Report Card:

Image:

Gaumont

Sound:

-

Extras: Gaumont
Menu: Fox
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