(aka 'Under the Sand')

by François Ozon
France 2000

The subject matter of prolific young French auteur François Ozon's fourth feature - a happily married, childless woman's traumatised denial of her husband's sudden death by drowning - may, superficially, suggest a move on the director's part to calmer, more classical, waters after the sly, shocking tactics of his more transgressive early melodramas. Indeed, in focusing so sharply on Charlotte Rampling's tautly controlled, subtly nuanced performance as the elegant, Paris-based university lecturer who painstakingly, if psychotically, maintains a pretence of continuity, Ozon's film can be appreciated as a quality star vehicle, and as a tribute to the graceful mystique, sexual potency and fractured sensibility that the now 56-year-old actress brings to the screen. The movie's emphasis, however, gradually becomes more philosophical, abstract and quietly macabre. Hence a persuasive, intimate study of grief is transformed into a more general critique of romantic self-delusion in conventional marriage, made all the more unsettling by Rampling's film persona which, ultimately, remains impenetrable.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Artificial Eye

Region 2- PAL

Fox/Lorber - Winstar
Region 0 - NTSC 
Seville Picture (Canada)
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:32:08 131:50 1:32:00
Video 1.78:1 Letterboxed WideScreen Anamorphic
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PAL 720X 25.00 f/s
1.85:1 Letterboxed WideScreen Anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 8.0 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s
1.85:1 Letterboxed WideScreen Anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s
 

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Audio

French 2.0 Surround Stereo

French 5.1 Surround Stereo

English Commentary

French 5.1 Surround Stereo

Subtitles English (non-removable) (Yellow) English, Spanish, None English and None
Features

FEATURES:

Theatrical Trailer ( 1:14)

Interview with CR  (7:43)

Filmographies

Interview with CR and FO (TEXT)

Theatrical Trailer (1.85:1, 01:56 min)

Interview with Charlotte Rampling ( 8:53 min )

Commentary with François Ozon

Filmographies

Trailer Gallery ( "Vidoq", "Les Gout Des Autres", "Kandahar" )

Photo Gallery ( 14 pictures )

  DVD Release Date: Sept. 24th, 2001
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Chapters: 19
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Chapters: 14
DVD Release Date: August 2002
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Chapters: 9


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(Artificial Eye - Region 2- PAL - TOP vs. Fox/Lorber - Region 0- NTSC - MIDDLE vs Seville - Region 1- NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

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Artificial Eye

Region 2- PAL

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Region 0 - NTSC 
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