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The release of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) in 1959 shook world cinema to its foundations. The now-classic portrait of troubled adolescence introduced a major new director in the cinematic landscape and was an inaugural gesture of the revolutionary French New Wave. But The 400 Blows did not only introduce the world to its precocious director—it also unveiled his indelible creation: Antoine Doinel. Initially patterned closely after Truffaut himself, the Doinel character (played by the irrepressible and iconic Jean-Pierre Léaud) reappeared in four subsequent films that knowingly portrayed his myriad frustrations and romantic entanglements from his stormy teens through marriage, children, divorce, and adulthood. With The Adventures of Antoine Doinel, Criterion is proud to present Truffaut’s celebrated saga in its entirety: the feature films The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run, and the 1962 short subject, Antoine and Colette, in a special edition five-disc box set.


'The Adventures of Antoine Doinel'


DVD Boxset 5 Disc Review: Criterion  Region 0 - NTSC

NOTE: Criterion Box HERE contains - The 400 Blows / Antoine & Collette / Stolen Kisses / Bed & Board / Love on the Run

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Distribution Criterion Collection Spine # 185 -  Region 0 - NTSC
Video Original Aspect ratios and  anamorphic (when widescreen)
NTSC 720x480   29.97 f/s
Audio Original French language tracks
Subtitles Removable English on all

Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment / Criterion Collection

Edition Details:

• Black & White, Color, Widescreen, Box set
• Includes: The 400 Blows, Antoine and Colette, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run
• Audio commentary on The 400 Blows by film scholar Brian Stonehill
• Audio commentary on The 400 Blows by Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay
• Les Mistons (1957), Truffaut's 18-minute short
• Audio commentary for Les Mistons by then assistant director and future writing collaborator Claude de Givray
• Introduction to Les Mistons by Truffaut historian Serge Toubiana
• Rare audition footage of cast members from The 400 Blows
• Newsreel footage of Jean-Pierre Leaud at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959
• Portrait de Truffaut (1961), a 25-minute documentary about Truffaut
• Introduction to Stolen Kisses by film historian Serge Toubiana
• Archival newsreel footage of the "Langlois Affair"
• Newsreel footage of Truffaut's impassioned rally to shut down the 1968 Cannes Film Festival in support of striking students and workers
• Promotional spot featuring Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut appealing for public support of Henri Langlois
• Rare footage of Truffaut and co-writer Bernard Revon discussing their notes
• Interview footage of Truffaut speaking about Antoine Doinel and the decision to continue the Doinel series with Stolen Kisses
• Interview footage of Truffaut discussing the entire Doinel cycle
• Excerpt from a 1979 TV show featuring Truffaut
• Theatrical trailers for The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run
• Booklet featuring Truffaut's writings, notes, script treatments, interviews with Truffaut, and more
• Widescreen anamorphic format
• Number of discs: 5

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2002
Box set with slip cases


What can you say? 'Criterion does it again' seems somehow insufficient. Wonderful contrasts and a soft pallet give sharp detail to the image. The discs have been arranged with extras supplementing each film and a host of other insightful interviews and shorts add to this extensive collection of DVDs. I can state that this is the definitive DVD for all four feature films in the collection and the two shorts ( 'Antoine and Collete' and 'Les Mistons' ). Commentaries are included for 'The 400 Blows' and 'Les Mistons'.  English subtitles are available in white for each film. I don't see too much point in going on... this DVD Boxset is as close to perfection as I have ever seen. Cheap at double the price.    out of            

Gary W. Tooze


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
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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DVD Menus


Screen Captures


Les Quatre cents coups




Antoine et Colette




Baisers volés



Domicile conjugal



L'Amour en fuite




Les Mistons


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Distribution Criterion Collection Spine # 185 -  Region 0 - NTSC


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