directed by Bruno Dumont
France 2003

An American photographer and his Russian/French girlfriend head off into the desert around the town Twentynine Palms to look for locations for a project. I wouldn't want to give away anything else. Seen in context with Dumont's two other remarkable films, TWENTYNINE PALMS is a fascinating attempt at experimental horror. This film has polarized viewers - you'll either love the unusual hyperreal emotion or you'll totally close down on the film. In the creepiness stakes, this makes MULHOLLAND DRIVE look like a Ron Howard film. (NB. I'm crazy about Dumont's films).

Nick Wrigley of Master of


Theatrical Release: 8 September 2003 (Toronto Film Festival) 

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DVD Review: Blaq Out (France) -  Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Blaq Out - Region 2- PAL
Runtime 1:54:08 
Video 2.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, French, None

Release Information:
Studio: Blaq Out

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.29:1

Edition Details:

• Making Of Documentary (35 mins), and an interview with the film's producer (19 minutes). Everything has English subtitles.
• Poster concepts
• Original Trailer


DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 13


English subtitles on *everything*!! - This is a reference quality disc, faultless. Anamorphic scope, no transfer problems whatsoever. The extras are fascinating, a Making Of documentary (35 mins), and a very revealing interview with the film's producer (19 minutes). Again, everything has English subtitles, highly recommended for those in the West who have been waiting months for this film to hit DVD. I hear that Tartan are releasing this in the UK, and Wellspring in the USA, later in 2004. However, this Blaq-Out disc is out in April and comes highly recommended for English speaking Dumont fans (as well as native French speakers of course!). A fine disc and a strange, rough, hardcore film of beauty.

Nick Wrigley of Master of

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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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