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(aka 'Golden Marie')

Directed by Jacques Becker
France 1952

 

Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the Belle Époque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, Casque d’or (Golden Marie) is Becker at the height of his cinematic powers—a romantic masterpiece.

 

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Theatrical Release: April 16th, 1952

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 270 - Region 0 - NTSC Studio Canal - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:15  1:38:23.458
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.89 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,581,873,896 bytes

Feature: 20,666,382,336 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUB: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)  DTS-HD Master Audio French 1568 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1568 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit / DN -2dB)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 1670 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1670 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit / DN -2dB)
Subtitles English, None English, French, German, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
• 1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani
• 1963 interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program Cinïpanorama
• Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps, dedicated to Jacques Becker
• Rare, silent behind-the-scenes footage of Becker on the set, with commentary by film scholar Philip Kemp
• 8-page Liner Notes with essay by Philip Kemp

DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2005

Keep Case
Chapters: 18

Release Information:
Studio: Studiocanal

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 26,581,873,896 bytes

Feature: 20,666,382,336 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• At the Heart of Emotions- Legend of Golden Marie (32:20)

Blu-ray Release Date: November 6th, 2012
Black Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Studio Canal - Region 'B' Blu-ray - March 2014: The European 1080P transfer looks pretty sweet, brighter, sharper, significantly more layered contrast and less artifacts - just about everything we'd expect from a top-shelf Blu-ray transfer. It shows more information in the frame - mostly at the top and bottom but a shade on the sides as well. It looks quite beautiful in-motion with hints at textured grain.

Audio comes in a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1568 kbps in the original French (there is also a German DUB). It sounds very clean with some depth. The score by Georges Van Parys (Le Million, L'Age D'Or, Madame de..., French Cancan, Les diaboliques, 1958's Les Misérables) benefits from the lossless rendering. The initial menu gives the option of German, French or English and then shows menus in that language with the appropriate subtitle option. This disc is region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

We lose the valuable Criterion DVD extras including the excellent commentary, but Studio Canal add a 32-minute documentary entitled At the Heart of Emotions - Legend of Golden Marie. It's a half hour documentary with input from film historians and an older clip with Jean Renoir discussing the production and Jacques Becker. It is almost exclusively in French but has full English subtitles.

If my sources are correct regarding 'rights' - there won't be a Criterion Blu-ray release of Casque D'Or - and I haven't heard of one coming to region 'A'. This European a/v is excellent and I am glad I own it - but am also glad I still have the Criterion DVD for the commentary and other extras. The film is a masterpiece. The Studio Canal Blu-ray is strongly recommended! 

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ON THE DVD: An absolutely gorgeous image - one of Criterion's best from 2005. Everything about it seems perfect - from the minimal, but prevalent, grain to the high degree of sharpness. Contrast is at Criterion's usual standard of perfection. The Cowie commentary is good, if somewhat dry at times and there are bountiful extras to make any degree of Becker fan or neophyte content. 

Quite commonly the mono sound will export from the centre channel only of any 5.1 systems so many may want to disperse it further through a 2-channel playback. The optional English DUB is actually created by the principals of the film - this was done for the premiere in London where it went on to be very successful throughout Britain. I think this is a perfect DVD.

Gary W. Tooze

 


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