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(aka 'Tell No One')

Directed by Guillaume Canet
France 2006

 

Tell No One” is a French variation on “The Fugitive,” but it’s a more subtle, discreet animal. Like the Andrew Davis classic, this man-on-the-run nail biter concerns a doctor smarting from the loss of his wife and framed for murder. But you won’t find Dr. Beck acrobatically leaping off dam spillways, escaping crashed prison buses, or outrunning trains. (No Parkour-style diving off buildings either, like fellow Frenchman Cyril Raffaelli of “District B-13”.) Cluzet’s understated hero isn’t superman, and during the film’s key set-piece – a foot chase through Paris streets and freeways – we’re gripping our armrests knowing that this is a mere mortal facing potential doom.

 Excerpt from Film Threat.com located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: November 1st, 2006

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Seville Canada - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Music Box Films - Region 'A' Blu-ray

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Distribution Seville Canada - Region 1 - NTSC Music Box Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:11:00  2:11:06.525
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.50 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Disc Size: 35,862,886,862 bytes
Feature Size: 31,352,107,008 bytes
Average Bitrate: 31.88 Mbps
Dual-layered Blu-ray VC-1 Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate:

Audio French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1
/ 48 kHz / 640 kbps
LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0
/ 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
DUB: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0
/ 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Seville Canada

Aspect Ratio:
Cropped Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• 'Making of'... (55:32)
• Previews 


DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2007

Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio: Music Box Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Disc Size: 35,862,886,862 bytes
Feature Size: 31,352,107,008 bytes
Average Bitrate: 31.88 Mbps
Dual-layered Blu-ray VC-1 Video

Edition Details:

• Teel No One - the 'B' Side (55:32)

• Deleted Scenes (34:05)

• Outtakes (5:58)
• Previews (OSS 117, Tuya's Marriage)

Blu-ray Release Date: March 31st, 2009
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 19

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

NOTE: Aside from the obvious improvement of being the correct widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 for the film it is easy to see the vast visual superiority of the Blu-ray image over the Seville SD cropped DVD. The 1080P dual-layered image looks comparatively very impressive with far more detail and truer colors especially in skin tones. There is depth, a modicum of noise and grain and I don't see extravagant signs of manipulation. The important visual nature of the narrative is reflected very adeptly by the high-definition transfer. This Blu-ray looks very strong.

I image the Music Box Films (Music Box) DVD version - available HERE is also in 2.35.

Aside from an atrocious 2.0 channel English DUB (not precisely following the subtitle translation) we have what appears to be the same 5.1 French option as the DVD and a linear PCM 2.0 stereo option that makes for a conformable compromise. The film does have an occasionally chilling score (and U2' "With Or Without You") that seems to be accentuated by the surround option but I wouldn't say it is essential for viewing.

Extras include the same, fairly boring, almost hour-long, "Making of..." although it is entitled differently but has the same non-removable French subtitles (for English dialogue) and English subtitles for French dialogue. This Blu-ray includes a healthy amount of deleted scenes and some outtakes. There are also two trailers (OSS 117 and Tuya's Marriage). Nothing appears to be in HD.

This is a very entertaining mystery-cum-thriller film (on many U.S. TOP 10 lists of the year - when it was released there in 2008) and I'm glad it got a decent treatment after Seville dropped the ball. I recommend this film very strongly and the Blu-ray gives a great, occasionally chilling, night in the home theater. Recommended!

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ON THE DVD: NOTE: Thanks to Ajmal for notifying us that the aspect ratio of Tell No One is actually 2.35:1 and, as we can see by the Blu-ray screen captures, the Seville edition appears to be cropped.

NOTE: This film was also just released in the UK by Momentum Pictures HERE in the PAL standard and I believe has been available (without English subtitles) in France since June HERE - even in a Blu-ray edition from Fox Pathé Europa HERE coming out next week. This appears to be it for North American 'Region 1-locked' audiences.

This DVD from Seville Pictures in Canada is anamorphic, dual-layered and progressively transferred - the latter being a pleasant surprise. Menus, although easily understandable, are in French. The image looks a shade thin and dark, but colors appear fairly true (skin tones) and contrast acceptable if unremarkable. In short it's certainly clean and watchable without prominent defects although there is some minor digital noise prevalent.

There are two flavors of audio - a relatively untested 5.1 track and a clean 2.0 stereo option. Both sounded fine to me. Dialogue is supported by optional English subtitles.

Only relevant extras is a 'Making of...' with forced French subtitles. Almost an hour's worth of footage and interviews.

Very interesting, well-acted film that deserves an NTSC audience... Recommended!

Gary W. Tooze

 



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Distribution Seville Canada - Region 1 - NTSC Music Box Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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