( aka "Dieci incredibili giorni" or "Ten Days Wonder")

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France 1972


"One of the great anti-detective films of the 60s and 70s (such as THE SPIDER'S STRATEGEM, BLOW-UP, THE PARALLAX VIEW) in which the traditional, detached, problem-solving power of the detective is removed and he finds himself lost in a labyrinth. The detective here, Paul Regis, is so much the embodiment of reason that he is a professor of philosophy. He observes, analyses, seeks patterns in a bewildering maze - his genius results in the suicidal death of the wrongfully suspected hero."

 

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Theatrical Release Date: August 14th, 1972 - Sweden

DVD REVIEW: Pathfinder -  Region 1 - NTSC 

All screenshots courtesy of Ashirg. Thanks Gregory!

DVD Box Cover

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Or order the complete Claude Chabrol Collection from Pathfinder including: Ten Days' Wonder, The Unfaithful Wife (La Femme Infidele), Les Biches (Bad Girls), Innocents With Dirty Hands, The Butcher (Le Boucher), This Man Must Die, La Rupture (The Breach), and Nada.

          

Distribution

Pathfinder - Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:44:16
Video 1.85:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen
Average Bitrate: 5.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

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

Bitrate:

 

Pathfinder

 

Audio English partial dubbing (Dolby Digital 2.0),  French and Spanish DUBS
Subtitles None
Features

Release Information:
Distributor: Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 1.85:1

Edition Details

  • Commentary

  • Photo Gallery

  • Poor Quality Trailer

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 18

Comments
This is the dirtiest print I've seen so far of the Chabrol Boxset.  Notice dirt on the third large capture below.  Not as soft as Unfaithful Wife, but the colors are duller and overall not a tight image.  It has an English dub, which matches closest to the lip movement (I couldn't figure out if Welles dubbed himself - it just didn't sound like him) as well as French and Spanish dubs.  No subtitles are provided.  English soundtrack is also not the cleanest - it got pops and hiss in some scenes.  There's a trailer, a still gallery (see 3 posters), another dull commentary by 3 people I know nothing about, biographies, some critical quotes about the film and Chabrol's pre-word to the French edition of the book "Ten Days' Wonder".
 

These discs are getting worse and worse. I will check out Nada next - the third (with Les Biches and Le Boucher) and last Anamorphic transfer in the collection.

     Gregory Meshman


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
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni

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DVD Box Cover

Click the logo to order from:

Or order the complete Claude Chabrol Collection from Pathfinder including: Ten Days' Wonder, The Unfaithful Wife (La Femme Infidele), Les Biches (Bad Girls), Innocents With Dirty Hands, The Butcher (Le Boucher), This Man Must Die, La Rupture (The Breach), and Nada.

          

Distribution

Pathfinder - Region 1 - NTSC

 


 

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