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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Boudu Saved from Drowning" )

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France 1932

The 30s was an especially strong period for Howard Hawks (represented by two films here), for Ernest Lubitsch (also represented by two films), for Leo McCarey (ditto), and, most of all, for Jean Renoir (represented by three), who turned out 13 features during that decade, the second, third, and thirteenth of which are cited here. Boudu (1932), the third, stars the great Michel Simon (see L’Atalante, above) as a mangy and unapologetic tramp saved from drowning by a middle-class Parisian bookseller who’s determined to reform and “civilize” him. A ruthless and often hilarious tweaking of liberal delusions that scandalized Bosley Crowther, lead film reviewer of the New York Times, so thoroughly when it opened in the U.S. for the first time (in 1967!) that he walked out before the end, it continues to charm and provoke. (By contrast, Paul Mazursky’s toothless 1986 remake, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, offends only those who care about the original.) Renoir’s light-hearted comedy is also a kind of irreverent celebration of Boudu’s sloth, diffidence, and instinctually animalistic behavior. Renoir’s off-the-cuff manner of shooting remains as carefree and as fresh as the lead character.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum's article "30 Great Movies on DVD" located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 11 November 1932 (Paris)

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Comparison: 

Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL vs. Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Cover

Coming out on Blu-ray in France in March 2014:

Distribution

Criterion Collection - Spine # 305

Region 0 - NTSC

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Park Circus
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:25:00 1:20:51 (4% PAL speedup) 1:26:12
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.93 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,298,506,420 bytes

Feature: 21,279,678 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Criterion

Bitrate:

Optimum

Audio French Dolby Digital 2.0 French Dolby Digital 2.0 LPCM Audio French 1465 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 
Archival introduction by Jean Renoir
• Excerpt from a Cinastes de notre temps program, featuring Renoir and Michel Simon
• New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
• Archival interview with Eric Rohmer
• Interactive map of 1930s Paris, featuring locations from the film
• Liner notes essay by Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner
 

DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2005
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Stills gallery
• Film information
• Trailers for Wages of Fear, Breathless, He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

DVD Release Date: January 27, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 16

 

Release Information:
Studio: Park Circus

Aspect Ratio:  1.18:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,298,506,420 bytes

Feature: 21,279,678 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:20)

• Photo Gallery
 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 4th, 2011
Thick Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Park Circus - Region 'B' Blu-ray - March 2014 - This is quite an upgrade. This is from a restoration via a 2K scan of the original nitrate - camera negative by the Parisian Digimage laboratories and Bologna's L'immagine Ritrovata coordinated on digital by Pâthé. The, essentially bare-bones, Blu-ray from Park Circus in the UK is single-layered with a middling bitrate but has strong black levels and, in some scenes, a dramatic increase in sharpness. The restoration has eliminated the damage marks (full vertical scratches - see below) that are no longer present in the presentation. The 1080P also shows more information in the 1.18:1 frame - notably at the top and bottom. I like this image even though it is darker and tends to lose detail as compared to the SD. This has great grain texture and a very pleasing, although at times less-consistent, image.

NOTE: David tells us in email "One unique feature of it you haven't mentioned, (it's mentioned on the box cover but you may have a screener) is this resto restores literally one minute of a previously always censored sequence from approx. 45m, 57s to 47m,04s in which Boudu takes a book from Lestingois' shelves, (Balzac's Physiologie de la Mariage no less) and spits on the image of Balzac. Lestingois notices this and they have a brief angry exchange. Interestingly, perhaps because there have never previously been English subs for this missing minute this stretch of the disc is unsubtitled!" (Thanks David!)

Audio is in linear PCM - original French - mono and is, also, superior to the DVDs. There is some light flute music that sounds quite good (almost better than the image.) It is very crisp and clear + tight. There are optional English subtitles (sample below).

Supplements are, unfortunately, only a short trailer and photo gallery with some stills and a couple of posters. I don't know where the upcoming Pâthé Blu-ray will offer English subtitles but I'll bet it is from the same fine restoration. Fabulous film - strongly recommended!

***

ON THE DVDs (2005): As expected the Criterion appears sharper than the Optimum, has superior contrast, better subtitles and better extras. It does however still show the same damage marks as the Optimum but they mostly less visible. The Criterion also has some minor cropping on the top and occasionally the right edge. The Criterion has some amazing archival extras with stuff from Rohmer et all. We encourage you to buy the Criterion to view Renoir's masterful film.

 - Gary Tooze


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2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 Screen Captures

 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Optimum Releasing - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Park Circus - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Criterion

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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Box Cover

Coming out on Blu-ray in France in March 2014:

Distribution

Criterion Collection - Spine # 305

Region 0 - NTSC

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Park Circus
Region 'B' - Blu-ray




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