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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'To Be and To Have')

directed by Nicolas Philibert
France 2002

The National Society of Film Critics awarded director Nicolas Philibert's wonderful To Be and to Have the Best Documentary prize for 2003. It warms the screen with grace, confidence and realism. Philibert researched over 500 schools to eventually settle on a one-room schoolhouse in France's rural Auvergne region. The children's ages varied accentuating the realistic presentation of a true small remote village education environment. The 35-year veteran teacher of Spanish origin shares the spotlight with his students. His quiet demeanor and soft-spoken mannerisms transfer to his students whose innocence overwhelms the screen. I would have to say that this is one of the best films I have seen this year - as warm and touching as anything I can remember seeing. out of  

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Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: May 19th, 2002 - Cannes Film Festival - France

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Comparison:

New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC vs. Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Christian Liemke at at our German 'sister' site for the Absolut screen captures!

1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - LEFT

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

New Yorker Video

Region 1- NTSC

Absolut Medien
Region 2 - PAL
Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:48  1:39:57 (4% PAL speedup) 1:44:16.500
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.40 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,809,774,159 bytes

Feature: 26,489,382,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

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

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Absolut Medien

 

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

LPCM Audio French 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None German, and none NO ENGLISH SUBS! English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Director 4:3 widescreen (20:45)
• Theatrical trailer (2:20)
• French Trailer (1:38)
• Children of the film recite poetry 4:3 widescreen (2:47)

DVD Release Date: October 19th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Absolut Medien (Germany)

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Photo gallery [9 pages]
• Photo gallery with maps of France, the region of Auvergne, Departement Puy-de-dôme and Livradois Forez - Saint-Etienne-sur-Usson [4 pages]
• German Trailer [1.66:1 non-anamorphic, 1:41 Min., French with burned-in German subtitles]
• Interview with Nicolas Philibert [1.33:1, 20:13 Min., French with optional German subtitles] The Interview was made by Peter Paul Huth.
• Excerpts from "Le Pays des sourds / In the Land of the Deaf" [1992, Nicolas Philibert; 3:05 Min., 1.66:1 non-anamorphic, French with burned-in German subtitles] available from "absolut medien" on VHS
• Trailer for "A Tickle in the Heart", "Berlin Babylon", "El Acordeon del Diablo", "Der Einstein des Sex" and "Gendernauts", available from "absolut medien" on DVD

DVD Release Date: October 20th, 2003

Keep Case
Chapters: 19

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,809,774,159 bytes

Feature: 26,489,382,912 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Interview Nicolas Philibert (20:46)

• Masterclass with Nicolas Philibert (30:04)

• Trailer (1:39) 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 12th, 2012
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - October 12':  The variance in colors between the 3 digital editions is very interesting and despite a minor blue-bias by the UK 1080P it looks most correct to me. It also exports some pleasing grain and has none of the artifacts of the NY'er and runs in the proper theatrical running time. Detail doesn't abnormally rise but contrast is adequately layered and the overall image quality looks far more natural and film-like. The short clips of outdoor scenery are extremely impressive.

Audio is lossless in a linear PCM with the documentary offering nothing remarkable sound-wise. We presume this is the best that can be produced with the clearest dialogue. Artificial Eye offer optional English subtitles on the region ' B' Blu-ray.

We get the same 20-minute interview with director Nicolas Philibert as found on the NY'er DVD and a 1/2 hour Masterclass with Philibert from Edinburgh University. There is also a trailer.

To Be and To Have is such a marvelous documentary. I thoroughly enjoyed re-watching this with the film-like qualities of Blu-ray. Anyone, even remotely keen, should certainly indulge.

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ON THE DVD: The New Yorker is admittedly this is a softer image, although anamorphic - most movement sequences have poor detail, but there are some surprisingly non-kinetic scenes of relative clarity. The time-codes indicate it was taken from a PAL source and hence has all the artifact deficiencies of such a transfer. The Absolut Medien colors are more vibrant, but some of their skin tones look awfully red. The German DVD is sharper and has better contrast. I didn't notice a dominant haze over the NY'er image but their English subtitles are very well done and I like their extras, although the German boasts to have even more in that department. The trouble with this German release is that it has no English subtitles. Hopefully we will soon add the French and Australian releases to this comparison and find a definitive release for English audiences.

Gary W. Tooze

NOTE: There is another NTSC version from Seville Pictures in Canada (I suspect the Ny'er is a direct port):

 

 

I'd love to compare it in the near future as well as with the PAL releases from France and Australian.


Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni

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2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - TOP

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - TOP

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - TOP

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - TOP

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - TOP

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - TOP

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC - TOP

2) Absolut Medien (German) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Distribution

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Region 1- NTSC

Absolut Medien
Region 2 - PAL
Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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