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     directed by Chris Marker

One of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made and a mind-bending free-form travelogue, La Jetee and Sans Soleil couldn't seem more different--yet they're the twin pillars of one of the most daring and uncompromising careers in cinema history. Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. These two films--a tale of time travel told in still images and a journey to Africa and Japan--remain his best-loved and most widely seen.

 Comparison: 

Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution

Nouveaux Pictures

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

(aka "The Pier" or "Terrassen")

 

directed by Chris Marker
France 1962

La Jetee’s fans insist that it’s the finest science fiction film ever made, and why not? It’s truly unique, implementing a series of hundreds of unmoving pictures, beautifully edited together to tell a mind-bending story of time travel that doubles as a melancholy fable about memory, loss, childhood, and destiny. Only for a moment is there any action on screen (besides the implied action in the cuts from shot to shot), and that motion is one of the cinema’s most profound. It's no exaggeration, finally, to say that La Jetee may represent film's closest approach to poetry.

Excerpt from Bryan Fraser's Deep Focus review located HERE

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Comparison: 

Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 1- NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Arvid for the Review!

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL LEFT

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Nouveaux Pictures

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Runtime 0:26:36 (4% PAL speedup) 0:28:05 0:28:06.726
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7,34 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 47,595,908,844 bytes

Feature Size: 7,885,922,304 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4- AVC

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

Bitrate :

 Nouveaux

Bitrate :

 Criterion

Bitrate :

 Criterion Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 French, English Dolby Digital 1.0 LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Nouveaux Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Chris on Chris (09:36, 4:3)
• Booklet
• Marker's Sans Soleil on the same disc

DVD Release Date: 2003-07-28
Keep Case

Chapters 0

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke
• Two excerpts from the French TV series Court-circuit (le magazine), directed by Luc Lagier: the first, a look at David Bowie’s music video for “Jump They Say,” inspired by La Jetée; the second, an analysis of Hitchcock's Vertigo and its influences on Marker
• 46-page liner notes booklet

DVD Release Date: June 26th, 2007
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

 

Disc Size: 47,595,908,844 bytes

Feature Size: 7,885,922,304 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4- AVC

 

Edition Details:
• New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke

• Junkopia, a six-minute film by Marker, Frank Simone, and John Chapman about the Emeryville Mudflats
• Two excerpts from the French TV series Court-circuit (le magazine), directed by Luc Lagier: the first, a look at David Bowie’s music video for “Jump They Say,” inspired by La Jetée; the second, an analysis of Hitchcock's Vertigo and its influences on Marker
• 46-page liner notes booklet

Blu-ray Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (February 12'): Superior in the expected areas - more textured, detailed, brighter. Contrast has more layers. The lossless linear PCM is a technical improvement although I suspect most wouldn't notice the superiority. The Region 'A'-locked disc offers optional English subtitles and the same supplements as the 2007 Criterion DVD but the Blu-ray  includes Junkopia, a six-minute film by Marker, Frank Simone, and John Chapman about the Emeryville Mudflats.  

Gary W. Tooze

***

ADDITION: Criterion June 07': As expected the Criterion image is better - greater detail (Marker approved) and even shows a shade more information in the frame. It is original mono (in choice of both French and English with English subtitles also optional) with a host of great extras (Guillaume approved) - it amounts to being no contest. I particularly enjoyed the booklet included.

 

"This is an exploding world in one compact package: Sans soleil is a handbook of the infinite ways in which it is possible to experience the world...La jetée is one of the most haunting pictures ever made."

Excerpt fdrom the NY Times HERE

***

Arvid on the Nouveaux: The anamorphic mage looks absolutely stunning. No traces of edge enchantment, sharp and clear. The Extra-feature Chris on Chris (An insight into Chris Marker by Chris Darke) is short but gives some interesting info about Marker. One small thing i don't like is that the French audio-track isn't included, I'd seen it with the French audio in the theater some months ago and I prefer it to the English audio. However, marker himself prefers the English version so I guess that's why it isn't on. With Sans Sioleil on the same disc it's a wonderful DVD.

 - Arvid



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French text introduction (Narrated in English)

 

 


 

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1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

(aka "Sunless" or "Bez solntsa Sunless Sans soleil")

 

directed by Chris Marker
France 1983

Imagine getting letters from a friend in Japan, letters full of images, sounds and ideas. Your friend is an inveterate globe-trotter, and his letters are full of memories of other trips. He has a wry and very engaging sense of humour, he's a movie fan, he used to be quite an activist (though he was never much into 'ideology'), and he's thoughtful and very well read. In his letters, he wants to share with you the faces that have caught his eye, the events that made him smile or weep, the places where he's felt at home. He wants to tell you stories, but he can't find a story big enough to deal with his sense of contrasts, his wish to grasp fleeting moments, his recurring memories. Above all he hopes to excite you, to share his secrets with you, to consolidate your friendship. Now stop imagining things and go to see Sans Soleil, in which Marker, the cinema's greatest essayist, sums up a lifetime's travels, speculations and passions. Among very many other things, his film is the most intimate portrait of Tokyo yet made.

 Excerpt from the TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

Theatrical Release: February 1983 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Comparison: 

Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 1- NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Arvid for the Review!

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL LEFT

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Box Cover

 

Distribution

Noveaux Pictures

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:39:27 (4% PAL speedup) 1:43:52 1:44:02.069
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7,36 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 47,595,908,844 bytes

Feature Size: 29,218,805,760 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4- AVC

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

Bitrate :

 Nouveaux

 

Bitrate :

 Criterion

 

Bitrate :

 Criterion Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 French, English Dolby Digital 1.0 LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Noveaux Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Chris on Chris (09:36, 4:3)
• Booklet
• Marker's La Jetée on the same disc

DVD Release Date: 2003-07-28
Keep Case

Chapters 13

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke
• Two excerpts from the French TV series Court-circuit (le magazine), directed by Luc Lagier: the first, a look at David Bowie’s music video for “Jump They Say,” inspired by La Jetée; the second, an analysis of Hitchcock's Vertigo and its influences on Marker
• 46-page liner notes booklet

DVD Release Date: June 26th, 2007
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 10 + 25

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

 

Disc Size: 47,595,908,844 bytes

Feature Size: 29,218,805,760 bytes

Average Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4- AVC

 

Edition Details:
• New video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke

• Junkopia, a six-minute film by Marker, Frank Simone, and John Chapman about the Emeryville Mudflats
• Two excerpts from the French TV series Court-circuit (le magazine), directed by Luc Lagier: the first, a look at David Bowie’s music video for “Jump They Say,” inspired by La Jetée; the second, an analysis of Hitchcock's Vertigo and its influences on Marker
• 46-page liner notes booklet

Blu-ray Release Date: February 7th, 2012
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 25

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (February 12'): Plenty of visible grain with the higher resolution. Colors are a shade tighter - and it is overall more film-like - still in the proper 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Uncompressed audio in both French or English does seem to sound improved via the linear PCM tracks - English subtitles are optional. Duplicated extras from the 2007 DVD but the Blu-ray  includes Junkopia, a six-minute film by Marker, Frank Simone, and John Chapman about the Emeryville Mudflats. Wonderful package and recommended - especially to those who haven't been exposed to Marker's masterpieces yet! 

Gary W. Tooze

***

ADDITION: Criterion June 07': As expected the Criterion image is better - greater detail (Marker approved) and even shows a shade more information in the frame. It is original mono (in choice of both French and English with English subtitles also optional) with a host  of great extras (Guillaume approved) - it amounts to being no contest. I particularly enjoyed the booklet included.

 

"This is an exploding world in one compact package: Sans soleil is a handbook of the infinite ways in which it is possible to experience the world...La jetée is one of the most haunting pictures ever made."

Excerpt from the NY Times HERE

Arvid on the Nouveaux: This movie includes a lot of journal-films, filmed tv-screens and other peoples material so the image isn't perfect all the way, but I guess this DVD is about as good as it's possible to make this look. the audio is good to, sharp and clear. I don't know if it's the same deal as with la jetee here, that it originally had an French audio track, but if that is the case it's sad that we don't get the option. but why complain with a fantastic disc like this?

 - Arvid

 


Menus

 

(Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL LEFT vs. Criterion - Region 1- NTSC RIGHT)


 

 
 
 

 

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Screen Captures

 

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Nouveaux Pictures - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Criterion - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 
Box Cover

 

Distribution

Nouveaux Pictures

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection - Spine # 387

Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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