(aka 'In the Land of the Deaf' or 'Land of the Deaf')

directed by Nicolas Philibert
France 1992


The films and methods of Nicolas Philibert, maker of Etre et avoir, have shown him to be one of contemporary cinema’s most acclaimed documentarists. In The Land of the Deaf is an elegantly spare and thoughtful portrait of the rich, diverse, but often isolated culture of the deaf community.

The film has tremendous power and value: it educates and transports us to another way of occupying this world, and it does so in a pleasurable, unrushed and intelligent fashion.


Theatrical Release: 1992 - France (Entrevues Film Festival) 

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DVD Review: Second Run DVD - Region 2, 4 - PAL

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Distribution Second Run DVD Home Video - Region 2, 4 - PAL
Runtime 1:34:24 
Video 1.63:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.23 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Second Run DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.63:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction to the film by its director Nicolas Philibert.
• Booklet featuring new essay on the film by Jonathan Rosenbaum.

DVD Release Date: August 1st, 2005

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12



For me, this signifies Second Run as 'the real deal'. A fabulous disc; excellent un-manipulated image, true colors, correct aspect ratio, progressive and anamorphic. The removable subtitles are excellent as are the extras; an introduction to the film and the 8-page liner notes booklet with essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum. I'm so happy that Second Run seem to come out of nowhere and their quality is at the levels of Eureka Masters of Cinema series and approaching Criterion. We should feel incredibly fortunate. How come these guys can come out of the gate and make an anamorphic 1.66 image true and even the large studios flummox it?

In regards to the film, if it is not recognized as a masterpiece in the documentary genre yet... it will be. We love this DVD and we are anxious for more from Second Run!  out of    

Gary W. Tooze


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