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(aka "Band of Outsiders" )

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France 1964

 

Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with Band of Outsiders (Bande à part). In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakably cool Madison dance sequence.

 

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Theatrical Release: August 5th, 1964

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Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC vs. BFI - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) BFI - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Criterion

Region 0 - NTSC

BFI
Region 2 - PAL
Criterion Collection - Spine #174 Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:18 1:32:0(4% PAL speedup) 1:36:05.801
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.34 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:
6.2 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,423,073,251 bytes

Feature: 28,162,203,648 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 1.0)

French (Dolby Digital 1.0)

LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English (non-removable) English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard
• Visual glossary, including film clips and stills, detailing cultural references and wordplay
• Exclusive video interviews with Raoul Coutard and actress Anna Karina
• Interview excerpts with Godard from 1964
• Rare behind-the-scenes footage of the director and his crew shooting Band of Outsiders
• Two theatrical traiers, including Godard's original
• Agnès Varda's silent comedy Les Fiancés du Pont Mac Donald
• New and improved English subtitle translation

DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: BFI

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• An A To Z Guide
• Video Interview With Anna Karina
• Quentin Tarantino On The Dance Sequence And Pulp Fiction
• Commentary By Roland Francois Lack
• Interview With Cinematographer Raoul Coutard
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Directors Biography

DVD Release Date: April 28, 2003
Transparent keep Case

Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,423,073,251 bytes

Feature: 28,162,203,648 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:
• Digital master of Gaumont’s 2010 high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Visual glossary of references and quotations found in the film
• Exclusive interviews with Coutard and actor Anna Karina
• Excerpts from the documentary La nouvelle vague par elle-même, featuring director Jean-Luc Godard discussing the New Wave and rare behind-the-scenes footage from Band of Outsiders
• Filmmaker Agnès Varda’s 1961 silent short Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald, featuring Godard, Karina, and other members of the Band of Outsiders cast
• Godard’s original trailer and the 2001 U.S. rerelease trailer
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by poet and critic Joshua Clover, character descriptions created by Godard for the film’s original press book, and a 1964 interview with the director

Blu-ray Release Date: May 7th, 2013
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Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 23

Comments

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (April 2013): This Criterion Blu-ray transfer is from Gaumont’s 2010 high-definition restoration and those that own either of the 10-year old DVDs will notice a significant improvement. I toggled back and forth on my HT system from the Criterion SD and this 1080P is quite a revelation. It is cleaner, more textured and shows much more detail (look at the rain on the hood of the car in capture four!) It also sounds as scattered and authentic as it was probably meant to via Criterion's lossless linear PCM mono track. The subtitles are optional and the disc is region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras appear to duplicate the 2003 Criterion package with the visual glossary of references and quotations found in the film, the interviews with Coutard and Karina, the excerpts from the La nouvelle vague documentary with rare behind-the-scenes footage from Band of Outsiders. It has Varda’s 1961 silent short Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald, the trailers and the case has a booklet featuring an essay by poet and critic Joshua Clover, character descriptions created by Godard for the film’s original press book, and a 1964 interview with the director.

 

I think Godard fans will be very pleased with the new presentation. It brings the film to a whole new level of appreciation. Strongly recommended!

 

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ON THE DVDs: Both DVDs have a wonderful image, with the Criterion sneaking ahead as the superior. The BFI is brighter, but too bright in some instances. The sharpness factor is negligibly ahead for Criterion. Extras are vast on both release but the commentary and super cool A-Z Guide feature on the BFI disc are too good to pass up. BFI does a no-no with burned in subs. My advice is to buy the most reasonably priced of these two DVDs for wherever your region. I am certain you will be happy with either. True fans may want both - the Criterion for the image and the BFI for their supplements.


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