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(aka 'My Life to Live' or 'It's My Life')

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France 1962

 

Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard’s greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute; her downward spiral is depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances. Featuring some of Karina and Godard’s most iconic moments—from her movie theater vigil with The Passion of Joan of Arc to her seductive pool-hall strut—Vivre sa vie is a landmark of the French New Wave that still surprises at every turn.

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Theatrical Release: September 20th, 1962

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Distribution Fox Lorber Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine # 512 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:21  1:23:50.066
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 48,789,670,860 bytes

Feature Size: 24,823,246,848 bytes

Average Bitrate: 35.14 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

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

Bitrate: DVD

Bitrate:  Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Production Credits
• Filmographies and Awards

DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2000

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Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 (matted to 1.78)

Disc Size: 48,789,670,860 bytes

Feature Size: 24,823,246,848 bytes

Average Bitrate: 35.14 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin

• Video interview with film scholar Jean Narboni, conducted by historian NoŽl Simsolo (45:15)
• Television interview from 1962 with actress Anna Karina (11:05)

• Excerpts from a 1961 French television exposť on prostitution

• Illustrated essay on La prostitution, the book that served as inspiration for the film

• Stills gallery

• Director Jean-Luc Godard’s original theatrical trailer
• 42-page liner notes booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, interviews with Godard, a reprint by critic Jean Collet on the film’s soundtrack, and Godard’s original scenario

Blu-ray Release Date: April 20th, 2010
Thicker transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' Blu-ray - March 2010: Like so many important works of cinema it seems easy to forget it's greatness until you simply revisit - and then this film's beauty comes rushing forward like a tidal wave.

Compared to the, decade old, Fox/Lorber DVD the Criterion image is lighter and hence shows more detail in the background of many scenes. It loses the significant chroma, but I did not some faint instances - or my eyes where playing tricks. Long and short of it this is a fabulous improvement - even more so in motion than the static screen captures sample comparisons will indicate. Detail and grain visibility appear to be two of the most notable beneficiaries of the move to 1080P. The damage/speckles are greatly limited. The bitrate of the progressive, dual-layered Blu-ray is just under 6X that of the single-layered DVD - and depending on the system it will show vast to dramatic improvement in the visuals.

Criterion remain faithful to the original French mono with a lossless linear PCM track at a modest 1152 kbps. It was taken from the optical tracks and cleaned - it sounds very good - certainly better than I have ever heard before although, expectantly, there is nothing dynamic about it. Like all the composer's music, Michel Legrand's score is emotionally penetrating and is wonderful to hear in this 'perfect' format. As usual, there are expertly rendered, optional, English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it is being Region 'A'-locked.

Criterion have done the title up right with extensive extras including the 2001 audio commentary from scholar Adrian Martin. Like all his work, this covers extensive ground in a professional and expert manner with his Aussie accent - in short, a perfect and knowledgeable adjunct to the viewing for cinephiles and novices alike. Next come a 45-minute, 2004, video interview with film scholar Jean Narboni, conducted by historian NoŽl Simsolo - in French with English subtitles followed by a neat 11-minute interview from April 1962 with actress Anna Karina from the French Television show Cinepanorama. This takes place a few months prior to the releases of Vivre sa vie which would announce the actress to world cinema notoriety. Then we get some excerpts from a 1961 French television exposť on prostitution entitled Faire face (21:48) and an illustrated essay on La prostitution (1959) with the former having those in the justice system commenting on the practice - and the latter book serving as an inspiration for Godard to make the film. There is also an impressive Stills gallery and director Jean-Luc Godard’s original theatrical trailer. Criterion have included a 2-page liner notes booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, interviews with Godard, a reprint by critic Jean Collet on the film’s soundtrack, and Godard’s original scenario.

I LOVED re-watching this film after so many years - I truly believe it to be my favorite Godard and this Blu-ray gets our highest endorsement. Purchase with extreme confidence!

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ON THE Fox/Lorber DVD: Probably one of the better Fox Lorber DVDs. The image looks acceptable, fairly clean and has removable English subtitles. Detail is reasonable but there is some chroma although I don't see evidence of heavy manipulations. No concrete extras but the same old F/L'er static screen data. This is a decent DVD, although the definitive has yet to surface. This is one that will eventually go out-of-print. 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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Distribution Fox Lorber Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine # 512 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray




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