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(aka "36 Quai des Orfèvres" )

 

directed by Olivier Marchal
France 2004

 

Director Olivier Marchal has roots in law enforcement but I sincerely hope the muddled extremes examined in the plot between power hungry cops and unconscionable criminals is pure fiction. Totally dissimilar to Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1947 classic called simply Quai des orfevres, 36 (as it became marketed as) still gives a very entertaining ride based, in great part, to Daniel Auteuil's commanding performance. He resembles Robert DeNiro in this film to quite a strong degree and is the fair cop essentially foiled by the letter of the law turning against him. This is conveniently set-up by unfair and disliked cop Gerard Depardieu, who I might add, has the biggest nose I have ever seen (in close-ups it barely looks real). This film is topped to the brim with well choreographed action and unexpected suspense. For violent extreme cop movies - this ranks as one of the best in recent years.

Gary Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 24th, 2004

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Comparison:

EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL vs. Palisades Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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(EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT)

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Distribution

EDKO Films

Region 3 - NTSC

Tartan
Region 2 - PAL
Tartan
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:46:12 1:46:33 (4% PAL speedup) 1:51:00.695
Video

2.32:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 9.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.69 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,533,363,080 bytes

Feature: 20,451,962,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 18.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

 

EDKO Films

 

Bitrate:

 

Tartan

 

Bitrate:

 

Blu-ray

 

Audio French (Dolby Digital DTS)

2.0 Dolby Digital French, 5.1 Dolby Digital French, DTS French, 2.0 Dolby Digital English (dub)

DTS-HD Master Audio French/Dutch 4223 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4223 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, Chinese, None English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: EDKO Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.32:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Photo Gallery
• Cast / Crew Filmographies

DVD Release Date: July 4th, 2005
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Olivier Marchal Interview (9:37)
• Making 36 (27:42)
• Choosing costumes (13:41)
• Choosing weapons (13:09)
• Original Trailer (2:00)
• Teaser Trailer (0:52)

 

DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2006
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,533,363,080 bytes

Feature: 20,451,962,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 18.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Olivier Marchal Interview (9:37)
• Making 36 (27:42)
• Choosing costumes (13:41)
• Choosing weapons (13:09)
• Original Trailer (2:00)
• Teaser Trailer (0:52)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 2nd, 2009
Standard UK (thicker Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

 

Comments

We can dismiss the poorly subtitled, interlaced, Edko release totally now. Tartan have resurfaced as 'Palisades / Tartan' and this v seems from the same source as the DVD but in film speed and resolution bumped to 1080P. It is not as stunning an image as some may have desired - but it is much sharper than the SD. Colors tighten up and get more passive and realistic.

The DTS-Master is a real barn-burner and this action-cop flic is dynamically supported with the whopping 4223 Kbps 5.1 track. Prepare to rattle the floorboards. It is a much more significant superiority than the video rendering.

Extras are duplicated with many in HD but the commentary on the Gaumont edition is still not here.

This is an intense film experience... but a decent one if you are in the mood. Don't set your sights too high on the image and watch the volume for the bombastic audio.

Gary W. Tooze

 

 


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(EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 

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(EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Palisades Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)

 


(EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Palisades Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)

 


(EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Palisades Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)

 


(EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Palisades Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)

 


(EDKO Films - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Palisades Tartan - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)

 

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Extras: Tartan / Blu-ray
 

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Distribution

EDKO Films

Region 3 - NTSC

Tartan
Region 2 - PAL
Tartan
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray


 




 

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