(aka 'Lights in the Dusk' or 'Lichter der Vorstadt' or 'Ljus i skymningen' or 'Les Lumières du faubourg' or 'Yövartija')

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland / Germany / France 2006

 

Lights in the Dusk is the third chapter in what Kaurismäki, no doubt seeking to lend the illusion of shape and substance to his repetitive tendencies, is now calling his Loser Trilogy, following Drifting Clouds (1996) and The Man Without a Past (2002). I mustered a fair bit of affection for both of those, but the new film, though leavened with Kaurismäki's usual deadpan humor, takes a dispiriting turn into miserabilism — Koistinen is used and abused so relentlessly that he might as well be in a Fassbinder flick. At a mere seventy-eight minutes, Lights doesn't wear out its welcome, but those waiting patiently for some culminating act of self-determination will do so in vain. The message: life sucks, and then you forbear. If you don't believe that — or if, like me, you wouldn't want to have such a sentiment reinforced by your entertainment choices even if you did — you may leave the theater feeling recalcitrant.

Excerpt from Mike D'Angelo's review at The Nerve Lounge located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: May 22nd, 2006 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Comparison:

Strand - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

Thanks to Michael Brooke fro the PAL caps!

(Strand - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL RIGHT)

DVD Box Cover

Distribution Strand - Region 0 - NTSC Artificial Eye - Region 2- PAL
Runtime 1:14:06  1:14:18 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Video: 1.85:1 aspect ratio
Average bitrate: 8.4 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25fps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Strand

Bitrate:

Artificial Eye

Audio Finnish (Dolby Digital 2.0)  Finnish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0
Subtitles English (non-removable) English, none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Strand Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer
• Previews 


DVD Release Date: October 15th, 2007

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Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Aki Kaurismäki (17:37)
• Interview with Maria Järvenhelmi (23:55)

• Aki Kaurismäki filmography
• Stills Gallery (2:12) Trailer (1:50)

DVD Release Date: August 27th, 2007

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL (Oct 07') - It's clearly a superior disc to the Strand release in every way - native PAL, anamorphic, no combing evident, removable subtitles, Dolby 5.1 sound and significantly better extras. The Aki Kaurismäki interview is a typically laconic joy, while the Maria Järvenhelmi interview provides excellent backup (and is probably a lot more factually accurate!).

Michael Brooke

****

On the Strand: This appears to be distributed by Strand. Anyway, I suppose it doesn't matter - the DVD is disgraceful - single-layered (filling a meager 3.4 Gig), non-removable subs and interlaced (see combing sample in last capture). It is anamorphic and looks acceptable on CRT (tube TV's) of which it is the only suitable system to view it on. On the positive - the colors and contrast and not bad but there is digital noise throughout. The image is quite thin. It is coded for region 0 in the NTSC standard.

NOTE: I bought this - it is the final copy - not a screener. Thanks Strand.

It appears to be fairly clean and both audio (dialogue) and subtitles are acceptable. There are no extras save a trailer and some Strand previews.

The DVD inferiorities don't take away from the film which although one of the lesser Kaurismäki efforts of this 'loser' trilogy (or more?) is still wonderfully amusing. It's just such a shame that the DVD is priced to rape consumers for what it offers in the way of digital production... and this acclaimed director's work is not sufficiently represented for NTSC audiences.

NOTE: For those interested in purchasing the Strand edition we suggest buying from Amazon.ca as it is approx. $5 less expensive at the writing of this review.

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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Combing evident on Strand edition...
 

 


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Distribution Strand - Region 0 - NTSC Artificial Eye - Region 2- PAL




 

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