directed by François Ozon
France 1998


From the moment the curtain slides open on screen to reveal the suburban milieu in which the surrealistic events of Francois Ozon's feature debut will unfold, you know you are going to get a movie that's clearly a bit nutty: a five-act play nestled firmly in the territory of obvious absurdity.

Incest, bizarre sexual shenanigans, masturbating maids and a paraplegic (and suicidal) bondage queen are just some of its offerings. But if you can cast aside the shackles of outrŽ tableaus, Sitcom is, at heart, a traditional cult movie, more Film Threat than Film Comment.

It is the kind of movie that perhaps only the French can get away with on such a budget (one gets the impression that the film was pitched to investors under the guise of a metaphorical family breakdown in an effort to bankroll the baby). It will probably piss off the film snobs who will expect something profound. Sitcom is a yapping Chihuahua taking a shit on the analytical lawn, but it is also a film in awe of its own trappings.

Excerpt taken from 24 Frames per Second review Found HERE


Theatrical Release: May 27th, 1998 - France

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Distribution New Yorker Video -  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:16:36
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9
Average Bitrate: 5.50 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.

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (4:3 - widescreen - 1:20)
• 'Photo De Famille' short (4:3 - 6:22)

DVD Release Date: January 13th, 2004

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I have suspicions that New Yorker may be using another company for DVD-authoring as this is a marked improvement over other release I have seen in the past. The colors and sharpness are excellent. The 1.66 aspect ratio appears to be maintained and is anamorphic. There are removable (Yes!) white subtitles. It is lean on the Extras and is a single layered disc, but the film is very short. I think this bodes well for future New Yorker releases - once they get into their vast vault. I thought this was quite well done !   out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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