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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Családi t?zfészek" )
Hungary 1978


Made when he was still in his early twenties, this first feature from Hungarian master Béla Tarr is an assured bit of filmmaking. Often compared to the work of John Cassavetes (an influence Tarr says he was yet to discover), the film tells the story of a young couple who are forced to share their small one bedroom apartment with the man’s parents. Tarr films the proceedings in a series of extremely tight close-ups, often focusing on the faces and hands of these very real characters as they sit around and drink, trying to cope with their harsh living conditions. The kitchen-sink approach to the realism may remind some of the work of the great Ken Loach (the use of non-professional actors for example) and there is certainly no denying that a powerful raw emotion is on display here. Fans of Tarr’s later metaphysical work will be hard pressed to find much of the same cinematic qualities that have become his trademark, but the underlying notions of man vs. an oppressive environment should be fully apparent. out of     

Adam Lemke

Theatrical Release: Hungary, 25 January, 1979

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DVD Review: Facets Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Adam Lemke for the Review!

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Also available in the Films of Bela Tarr 3-pack Set (The Outsider / Prefab People / Family Nest) available HERE:



Facets Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1.39.36

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 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 Hungarian 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles English forced
Features Release Information:
Studio: Facets Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• no special features
• Cine-Notes booklet w/an essay on Tarr's career and a statement by Béla Tarr

DVD Release Date: June 25, 2005
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Comments NOTE: Family Nest just released in Hungary (March 06') with removable English subs and superior transfer. Just an FYI. Nice review on Beaver.

Stefan Kuhn
our Hungarian correspondent


The biggest problem with these three Tarr discs are not the source prints—which actually appear to be in great shape—but the lack of care with which Facets has transferred them to DVD. Not one of these discs utilizes higher than 3.75 GB of the 4.75 GB allotted for a single layered disc (let alone double for a standard dual layered). As a result, we have discs that take no advantage whatsoever of the benefits of the DVD format. They might as well be VHS tapes, in fact, VHS might be preferable if this is how Facets is going to produce DVD’s—at least with VHS you would not get the awful digital pixilation that is rampant on these transfers. The subtitles are forced, the extras nil, and there is combing evident everywhere (indicating non-progressively transferred). Given the importance of Tarr’s work and the fact that these films are unlikely to be available anywhere else, it’s hard for any cinephile not to cave-in and accept the low standards of these Facets DVD’s. I can’t recommend these DVD’s, but everyone should see the films. The only compromise I can come up with is to suggest shelling out $5 and renting these discs, as that’s about all they are worth. out of    

 - Adam Lemke



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Combing evident




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Also available in the Films of Bela Tarr 3-pack Set (The Outsider / Prefab People / Family Nest) available HERE:



Facets Video

Region 0 - NTSC



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