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(aka "Good Work")

directed by Claire Denis
France 1999

"In Beau Travail, director Claire Denis has reworked the old tale of Billy Budd with a French Foreign Legion-esq modern setting, but the undercurrent of jealousy and the eccentricities of male bonding and pride are still the same. Denis Lavent with his commanding screen presence plays Galoup, an ex-sergeant  stationed in Africa. Galoup narrates and traces his exit from the legionnaires beginning with the arrival of some new recruits to the base. One of these is Sentain who we come to know as a stable soldier, fit and unflinching. Commander Bruno Forestier notices and stirs a deep rooted jealousy in Galoup. Wonderful desert shots and even better music capture the emptiness and loneliness of the soldiers. A gripping film experience."

Gary W. Tooze

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DVD Comparison:

 New Yorker Video Region 1 - NTSC vs. Artificial Eye Region 2 - PAL

The AE is On the TOP 100 List of DVDs.

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Distribution New Yorker Video 
Region 1 encoded (North America) 
Artificial Eye 
Region 2 (Japan, Europe, Middle East)
Runtime 1:29:03 ( no adjustment for PAL speed-up ) 1:29:03 (4 % PAL speedup)
Video Widescreen - 1.62:1 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.8  mb/s

NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Widescreen - 1.62:1 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate:  5.57 mb/s

PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
  NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
Bitrate:

NY'er

Bitrate:

Artificial Eye

 

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English or None English or None
Features:

Release Information:
Production Company: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox anamorphic - 1.62:1 (original aspect ratio)

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1
Layers: DVD 9, Dual layer, single side

Extras:
• Chapter Selection

• Trailer Feature - (1.35 min) Pan and Scan
• Trailer for : Fast Food fast Women (2:16), The Price of Milk (2:28)

 

DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Production Company: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.62:1 (original aspect ratio)

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 2
Layers: DVD 9, Dual layer, single side

Extras:
• Scene selection, trailer (1.35) , filmographies

 

DVD Release Date: 2000
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 17

 

Comments: The New Yorker Video disc is a good PAL-NTSC conversion with very few of the associated artifacts of that transfer. It may be slightly behind the sharpness of the Artificial Eye disc, but not enough to warrant rating it being rated a catastrophe. The Artificial Eye disc has a lot of green ( see capture #1 ). In both DVDs the feature image has an aspect ratio in and around 1.62:1 .

The New Yorker has much clearer sub-titles and wins in extras (but just barely with two more trailers, Fast Food, Fast Women + The Price of Milk, over the Artificial Eye's filmographies of 4 principles - Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin and Director Claire Denis). The AE is sharper, but it is negligible, certainly not the sole reason to get a region free player. Both are 16X9 enhanced.


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
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

 

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Extras: New Yorker Video
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