(aka 'Nuit et brouillard' or 'Night and Fog')

directed by Alain Resnais
France 1955

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man’s violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again.

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Theatrical Release: October 21st, 1955 - France

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Criterion Collection Spine # 197
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Runtime 30:24 31:49
Video

1.37:1Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.84 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.3
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

Subtitles English (non-removable) English, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
 

Edition Details (for entire "Short: Authority" Disc):

• Color, Black & White, Widescreen, Dolby
• Commentary by film historian David Shepard on Night and Fog
• Commentary by director Natasha Uppal on The Whites
• Commentary by director Sasha Wolf on Joe
• Commentary by the director and producer on Flying Over Mother
• Includes: A Girl's Own Story by Jane Campion, Performance McKean with Michael McKean, Night & Fog by Alain Resnais, The Whites, Dada, The Iron Giant/Joe by animator Piet Kroon, Flying Over Mother & Os Camarada
• Full-screen and widescreen letterbox formats

 

DVD Release Date: April 4, 2000
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Chapters none

Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.37:1
 
Edition Details:
• Radio Interview with Resnais
• New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound

• Excerpts of audio interviews with Alain Resnais from Le Cinéma des cinéastes (1980) and Les Étoiles du cinéma (1994)

• New essay about the film by Phillip Lopate

• Essay about composer Hanns Eisler by Russell Lack

• Crew profiles written by film historian Peter Cowie

• Optional music and effects track

• New and improved English subtitle translation

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2003
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Chapters 7

 

Comments: The big improvement of this new Criterion disc is the color shots and including the original French audio. The Warner version has a blue-ish tinge to the black and white images and the Criterions are much sharper. The Criterion subs don't have the dark grey background that the Warner ones do. The Criterion version still shows some damage, but it is quite acceptable as the archival footage is so old. The color and contrast are way in Criterions favor as are their extensive Extras. Both discs are reasonably priced, but for only $15 this Criterion disc is a MUST HAVE.

 - Gary W. Tooze





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Criterion Collection Spine # 197
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