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( aka "Pauline at the Beach" )

 

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France 1983

"Pauline at the Beach is a witty, unassuming, and acutely observant film on the inconstancy of human relationships and the dilemma of adolescent sexuality. The film is the third installment in Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs, a series of six films that wryly, but compassionately, examine the moral ambiguity and conflicted guidance of young people in contemporary society. By exposing the hypocrisy and duplicity of the adults in Pauline's life, Rohmer exposes the pervasive narcissism and selfishness of the older generation that invariably reflect in the young heroine's uncertainty over the direction of her own emotional maturity. As Pauline finds herself abandoned by the capricious Marion alone on the beach, she is literally pulled into the conflicting moral attitudes of Pierre and Henri, as her entrusted care becomes a source of animosity between the two men. Inevitably, neither ideology can reconcile Pauline's awkward and uncertain transition into the social interactions of the adult world."

Excerpt taken from Strictly Film School Located HERE

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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:

Distribution MGM Region 1 - NTSC  Potemkine Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:30  1:30:50.599 (PAL Sped-up time) 
Video 1.66:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen 
Average Bitrate: 4.67 mb/s
PAL 720X540 25.00 f/s

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,770,396,468 bytes

Feature: 21,048,440,832 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.39 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate: Tartan 

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio French 913 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 913 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French and none English and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM/UA Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.66:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1

Extras:
• 'Pauline at the Beach' Non-anamorphic widescreen trailer - no Eng subs - 1:44
• 'No Man's Land' - Non-anamorphic widescreen trailer - Eng narration - 2:02
• 'Y tu mamá también' - Non-anamorphic widescreen trailer - Eng - 2:21
• Listing of nine other MGM Foreign language DVD releases

DVD Release Date:  March 4, 2003
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Potemkine

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 32,770,396,468 bytes

Feature: 21,048,440,832 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.39 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Interview with Amanda Langlet (10:57)

• Eric Rohmer preuves a l'appui Part Two (57:34)

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

Chapters 11

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Potemkine Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (January 2014): 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.

The 'Comedies and Proverbs' Pauline at the Beach Blu-ray from Potemkine is transferred at 1.33:1 and shows more information on all 4 edges, so presumably the MGM DVD is simply cropped. Similar to many of the other in the Rohmer set - this is an interlaced transfer - keeping the PAL timing. It still looks strong with no ghosting of similar artifacts visible. Despite being imperfect - the image is very bright with significantly more detail than the SD. Skin tones are cooler and truer. The audio is lossless mono (DTS-HD) and the English subtitles are optional. There are two French-only supplements. A second part of a Rohmer documentary (first on A Good Marriage) and a 10-minute interview with Amanda Langlet. Personally, I am thrilled with this set - it is like discovering Rohmer all over again!

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ON THE DVD: The image quality is very strong here for a non-anamorphic disc. Proper aspect ratio... good skin tones (a little red, but they ARE on the beach). No excessive edge enhancement or contrast boosting as most shots are outside anyway. Weak extras. Adequate subs and removable. Very similar to the 'Tale of Springtime' DVD. This could have been better but is acceptable... out of    

Gary W. Tooze


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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:

Distribution MGM Region 1 - NTSC  Potemkine Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray


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