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(aka 'Il Fantasma della libertÓ' or 'The Phantom of Liberty' or 'The Specter of Freedom')

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Italy / France 1974

 

 Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Bu˝uel’s surrealist gem The Phantom of Liberty. Featuring an elegant soirÚe with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of nonsequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Bu˝uel throughout his career––from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements.

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Theatrical Release: September 11th, 1974

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 290 - Region 1 - NTSC
Luis Bu˝uel’s films on Criterion DVD
Runtime 1:43:56 
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.50 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.

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude CarriŔre (4:40)
• Original theatrical trailer (3:12)
• 30-page liner notes booklet with essay by culture critic Gary Indiana and conversation with Bunuel by Jose de la Colina and Tomas Perez Turrent

DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2005

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Chapters: 22

 

 

Comments:

A perfect image from Criterion. Slightly muted colors with excellent contrast. Subtitles are excellent as is the original audio. Not much "critiquing' to do with this Criterion disc. It has a nice, short intro by Jean-Claude CarriŔre, a full length trailer and an extensive booklet with a profound essay and a transcribed conversation with Bunuel. All in all only a commentary is absent, but a perfect DVD again from Criterion.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

 





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