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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Milky Way" or "La Voie lactÚe" or "Die Milchstra▀e" or "La Via lattea")

 

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/bunuel.htm
France / Germany / Italy 1969

 

The first of what Luis Bunuel later proclaimed a trilogy (along with The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Phantom of Liberty) about "the search for truth," The Milky Way (La voie lactee) daringly deconstructs contemporary and traditional views on Catholicism with ribald, rambunctious surreality. Two French beggars, present-day pilgrims en route to Spain's holy city of Santiago de Compostela, serve as Bunuel's narrators for an anticlerical history of heresy, told with absurdity and filled with images that rank among Bunuel's most memorable (stigmatic children, crucified nuns) and hilarious (Jesus considering a good shave). A diabolically entertaining look at the mysteries of fanaticism, The Milky Way remains a hotly debated work from cinema's greatest skeptic.

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In his autobiography The Last Sigh, Luis Bu˝uel suggests that "The Milky Way, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and The Phantom of Liberty form a kind of trilogy, or rather a triptych. All three have the same themes, sometimes even the same grammar; and all evoke the search for truth, as well as the necessity of abandoning it as soon as you've found it. All show the implacable nature of social rituals; and all argue for the importance of coincidence, of a personal morality, and of the essential mystery in all things, which must be maintained and respected." Bu˝uel and his frequent collaborator Jean-Claude CarriŔre wrote the first draft of The Milky Way in 1967 at the Parador Cazorla in the Andalusian mountains; a year and countless discourses later on "the Holy Trinity, the dual nature of Christ, and the mysteries of the Virgin Mary," the final draft was completed.

 Excerpt of Ed Gonzalez's review at Slant magazine located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 6th, 1969

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Comparison: 

Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Arvid for the Warner caps!

1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL LEFT

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

 Box Covers

 

 

 

 

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Distribution

Warner

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection Spine #402 Region 1 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Some other Luis Bu˝uel’s films on Criterion DVD
Runtime 1:37:27 (4% PAL speedup) 1:41:48 1:41:57.361
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.89 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.18 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Disc Size: 47,140,087,477 bytes

Feature Size: 31,314,812,928 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

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

Bitrate :

 Warner

Bitrate :

 Criterion

Bitrate :

 Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) French (Dolby Digital 1.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1873 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1873 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1820 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1820 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (burnt in) English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Comes in boxset with Belle De Jour & Diary Of A Chambermaid

DVD Release Date: September 6, 2004
Digipack

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriare
• New video interview with film scholar Ian Christie
• Luis Bunuel: Atheist Thanks to God, a documentary featuring several of Bunuel's close friends and collaborators
• Original theatrical trailer
• 38-page liner notes booklet featuring essays by Carlos Fuentes and Mark Polizzotti, and an interview with Luis Bunuel

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2007
Keep case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Kino
 

1.66:1 Disc Size: 47,140,087,477 bytes

Feature Size: 31,314,812,928 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
Interview with writer Jean-Claude CarriŔre (17:38)
Critical analysis by Professor Peter W. Evans (32:09)
Trailer (03:08)
Death in the Garden Trailer (courtesy of Eureka! Entertainment) (01:27)
Booklet essay by film critic Adam Nayman

Blu-ray Release Date: July 23rd, 2019
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters:
11

 

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

ADDITION: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray July 19': Kino transfer Luis Bu˝uel's surreal comedy, "The Milky Way" to a new dual-layered Blu-ray with a maxed out bitrate. When compared to the previous SD releases, this seems to be a slightly new framing (showing a tad more on the left and bottom of the frame, while showing less on the right, with the top staying the same). Note the first comparison where the boys freckles are now much clearer, and plentiful. Also note how the yellow-tinged DVD now brightens up and shows more blues in the boy's shirt. There is a modest but healthy grain to the picture, and certain close up shots show an admirable amount of clarity. Certain night-time shots are a tad brightened, but the strong contrast holds the darks without crushing them. Another beauty of a transfer from Kino.

NOTE: We have added 26 more large resolution Kino Blu-ray captures for DVDBeaver Patrons HERE.

Kino Lorber have released the film with its original audio in 24-bit 2.0 DTS-HD Master audio. Though it sounds a tad flat to my ears, this is most likely no fault of the transfer, and true to the original presentation. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A'
Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

There is a brand new audio commentary with film historian Nick Pinkerton. Pinkerton provides a ton of information on the film, its reception and
Bu˝uel in particular. A very well researched track, as Pinkerton's commentaries frequently are. Also included here is a 17-minute interview with writer Jean-Claude CarriŔre. Following that, we get a 32-minute critical analysis by Professor Peter W. Evans. The film's trailer is included, as is a trailer for "Death in the Garden". There is also a booklet essay, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: The Milky Way" by film critic (and fellow Torontonian) Adam Nayman. Aside from this fine piece of writing, Adam recently released a fantastic new book on the films of The Coen Bros. (with perhaps the best title one could ever think of, "The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together".)

Luis Bu˝uel's "The Milky Way" should not be overlooked when discussing the director's canon. It contains all the hallmarks of a Bu˝uel film, from his fascination with religion and the absurd. Taking from the Spanish picaresque novels, Bu˝uel creates something wholly his own, and Kino's new
Blu-ray transfer deserves your attention. Highly recommended.

Colin Zavitz

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ADDITION: Criterion - Region 1 - August 07': the softer palette Criterion (with a brownish hue) makes the Warner appear to have contrast boosting. Frankly, sometimes the Warner colors and transfer looks superior but for the most part the Criterion is the better overall image in my opinion - it certainly exhibits sharper detail at times. Another bonus on the Criterion is that the subtitles are not burnt-in like the Warner - they are removable. Both are anamorphic and progressive in the original 1.66 ratio.

Audio has Criterion at 1 channel (original?) to Warner's two but neither show dramatic differences in audible dialogue as judged by my ears.

Although Criterion doesn't have a commentary it does offer some decent supplements. It starts with a very good 28-minute video interview with film scholar Ian Christie - mostly surface stuff but he does touch upon some interesting veins of detail. Then a 32 minute piece, Luis Bu˝uel: Atheist Thanks to God; another good documentary featuring several of Bunuel's close friends and collaborators. Then a 6 minute kind of intro with Jean-Claude Carriare recorded in 2000. We have the trailer and a 38-page liner notes booklet featuring essays by Carlos Fuentes and Mark Polizzotti, and an interview with Luis Bu˝uel. Another complete effort by Criterion that Bu˝uel fans will relish. Recommended!   

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Initially it may appear a little softer than the other two DVDs in the Boxset (Belle de Jour and Diary of a Chambermaid), but upon closer inspection, it may have some softness to it, but it is of very decent quality. Quite strong. We don't have anything to compare it to but I gather the print may be in pretty decent shape - on the very positive I see no digital manipulations and colors seem quite true. Contrast is above average and again the only real failing are the burned-in subtitles. This Boxset is a big winner and we strongly recommend.  

- Gary W Tooze

 


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(Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL LEFT vs. Criterion - Region 1- NTSC RIGHT)
 

 
 
 

 

 

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


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1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

NOTE: Not exact frame

 

 


 

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1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Warner (Bunuel Box 1) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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 Box Covers

 

 

 

 

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Distribution

Warner

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection Spine #402 Region 1 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

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