(aka "Code Unknown" or "Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys")

directed by Michael Haneke
France 1990

Aptly subtitled "Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys," the fifth feature by Austrian director Michael Haneke (2000, 117 min.), his best to date, is a procession of long virtuoso takes that typically begin and end in the middle of actions or sentences, constituting not only an interactive jigsaw puzzle but a thrilling narrative experiment comparable to Alain Resnais' Je t'aime, je t'aime, Jacques Rivette's Out 1, and Rob Tregenza's Talking to Strangers. The film's second episode is a nine-minute street scene involving an altercation between an actress (Juliette Binoche in a powerful performance), her boyfriend's younger brother, an African music teacher who works with deaf-mute students, and a woman beggar from Romania; the other episodes effect a kind of narrative dispersal of these characters and some of their relatives across time and space.

- Excerpt of Jonathan Rosenbaum's review from the Chicago Reader, full review HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: May 19, 2000 - France

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Kino on Video

Region 1  - NTSC

Artificial Eye Film Company
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:52:04 ( taken from PAL source) 1:52:00 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.87 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.51 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 

Subtitles English, (non removable) English, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (4:3 widescreen)
• Trailer advertisements

DVD Release Date: August 6th, 2002
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:55)
• Making of documentary (27:25)
• Introduction by Michael Haneke (4:27)
• Filming the Boulevard (11:29)
• Filmographies
• Director's statement (text)

DVD Release Date: November 19, 2001
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Chapters 46

 

Comments: I don't have to much to add to what Donald says in his review HERE

"This (The Artificial Eye) is a port of the French mk2 DVD. It's a crisp anamorphic transfer with moderate film grain and slightly cool colors; there are no blemishes to the print apart from rare instances of dust spots. The extras are very good, especially the Making Of documentary, which reveals the care and attention to detail put into the film. This is no doubt better than the Region 1 edition by Kino, reviews of which indicate it's non-anamorphic, suffers from print damage, and is a PAL-to-NTSC transfer."

 - Donald Brown

The bitrate does indicate that the Kino was taken from a PAL source and examples of the "ghosting" are below. The Kino is also badly cropped on the left edge. Everything is superior on the Artificial Eye, and this is obviously our overwhelming recommendation.

NOTE: Some individuals without incremental zoom on their DVD have noticed the subtitles drift below grade on the Artificial Eye disc. Be warned.

 - Gary W. Tooze


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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
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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