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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "All's Well" or "Just Great")

 & Jean-Pierre Gorin
France / Italy 1972


In 1967, Jean-Luc Godard capped off nearly a decade of nonstop productivity with the release of Week End, an incendiary piece of filmmaking that easily matched the best of his earlier work. In between the scenes of car crashes, cannibals, and impassioned political monologues, a curious inter-title continued to flash on the screen, trumpeting “the end of cinema.” As it turned out, this statement wasn’t entirely misleading. For much of the moviegoing public, Godard’s output came to halt then and there, even if the man himself never stopped working. While Breathless and Week End have become film school staples and Band of Outsiders and Vivre sa vie have enjoyed recent successful revivals, the films made by Godard post-1967 remain largely untouched by critics and audiences alike.

Excerpt from Beth Gilligan's film review located HERE


Theatrical Release: 28 April 1972

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Runtime 1:35:54

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.37 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 Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0 192Kbps)
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer
• Letter to Jane (1972), Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s postscript film to Tout va bien
• 1972 video interview excerpt with Jean-Luc Godard
• New video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• A 40-page booklet including essays by film critics and an excerpted interview with Gorin and Godard

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005
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Comments This is a very strong release from Criterion. One would expect a package of this quality and scope to be part of Criterion's upper tier, but thankfully it arrives at the lower of the two price points. The transfer exhibits a lot of really nice film grain while supporting solid detail throughout, save for a few soft long shots. The film appears to be free of any significant damage. Colors are very strong as are contrast levels. The image looks much better while in motion than the screen caps indicate. Unfortunately, there are moments where some fairly intrusive edge enhancement is visible (see screen cap #6, left black vertical post). This may cause some frustration for viewers with large displays. In general however it is not an issue for the majority of the film. Audio is clean and without any significant damage or background noise. As always Criterion provides very easy to read and minimally distracting subtitles. Considering the wealth of extras here I still found the 40-page book to be the most informative.
As usual, Criterion has created a beautiful package all the way around.  out of  

 - Mark Balson

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