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(aka ''Beau-père' or 'Stepfather' ')

directed by Bertrand Blier
France 1981

Receiving unwarranted attacks and criticism for its subject matter : that of a 30-year old man and his 'relationship' with his 14-year old stepdaughter, Blier's masterpiece never stoops to the topic of pedophilia. The subject narrative is continually softened with wholesome and frank dialogue and empathetic slow pans to the often torn protagonist. Ariel Besse plays Marion, an innocent, sweet, and smitten young girl whose Mother has been tragically killed in a car accident. Circumstance plays a huge part in understanding the issue at hand, and although there is consummation of the fling, it really becomes a non-issue in the entire story - which is one of love, coping and healing. Communication is an interesting tool in "Beau Pere" and Blier plays his hand with cool French apprehension. I was particularly fond of the music, elegant pauses and mise-en-scene. I also think the performances were excellent considering the difficult emotions that required expressing. This film really draws the emotion out of me.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: September 16th, 1981 - France

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DVD Comparison:

Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL

Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL RIGHT

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Distribution Fox Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:58:43 1:59:08 (4% PAL Speedup)
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.94 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   
2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.69 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)
Subtitles English, None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Fox / Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Production Credits (text screens)
• Filmographies and Awards (text screens)
 

DVD Release Date: 1999
Keep Case
Chapters: 10

Release Information:
Studio: Studio Canal

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

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Edition Details:

• History of the film
• Stills Gallery

• Trailers
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DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2010
Keep Case
Chapters: 15

Comments:

ADDITION: Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL: I've been waiting for more than a decade but am still left wanting a decent English-friendly version of this masterful film that touches me so deeply. It's kind of funny to see the out-of-print Fox Lorber DVD selling for exorbitant auction prices as it is such a horrible quality disc. While the anamorphic Studio Canal is a dramatic visual improvement - as evidenced by the captures below - it is still without English subtitles. The PAL DVD is imperfect - it seems to have a blue-bias but is progressive and the best presently available - digitally speaking. What really excited me was that this was initially listed as a Blu-ray! For now I'll have to subsist with my weak, and largely forgotten, French I learned many years ago - and hope one day soon it will resurface in an English-friendly version.

 

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ON THE FOX LORBER DVD: What a disaster this DVD is. Weak analog transfer from a PAL master - but the big issue and the one I vehemently advice you to avoid it like the plague - is that in the middle of the film - the DVD somehow switches subtitles - meaning they are shown when the opposite person is speaking. Now, I am not a total ogre and understand these things happen, BUT couldn't it have been fixed by now? It's been 5 years! This DVD should have been recalled upon the first complaint of this issue, but instead you can still buy the same flawed DVD - terrible work Fox-Lorber. Nice to see how much pride you take in your product. I give it out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL RIGHT



Subtitle Sample

Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


For about a 10 minutes span in the middle Fox Lorber DVD, the subtitles become mismatched.
 

Screen Captures

 

Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM

 


Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM
 

Fox / Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL BOTTOM
 

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Distribution Fox Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL



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