(aka "Panelkapcsolat" )

 

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Hungary 1982

 

The last and often referred to as the best of the early films by the great Béla Tarr, this is a poignant tale of a young couple struggling to hold together a failing marriage in the face of poverty. What Tarr’s current work manages to accomplish with long-takes, rain, and silence, this film manages to duplicate with close-ups, tears, and pleading hearts. There is a sharp social criticism at work here and an observation for the rhythms of daily life that for me, really makes this film a close relative to Ermanno Olmi’s amazing I Fidanzati. This is simple, stunning filmmaking, ripe with sadness and frustration. The ending, featuring a cynical and deeply saddening bit of Tarr magic that predicts the circular structure of his later work, was enough to bring tears to my eyes.  out of  

Adam Lemke

Theatrical Release: Hungary, 1982

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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:

              

Distribution

Facets Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1.16.19
Video

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.

Bitrate

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 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

 

 

 


DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

 

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

              

Distribution

Facets Video

Region 0 - NTSC


 




 

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