(aka 'Lady Chatterley et l'homme des bois')
Everyone knows how D.H.
Lawrence’s infamous novel was beset by scandal and banned before being hailed as
a literary landmark. Few folks seem to understand that its hyperventilating
prose was designed to be both titillating and transcendent: the adulterous shtup
as a step toward enlightenment. Film versions didn’t help, ignoring sacramental
subtext in favor of either Masterpiece Theatrestuffiness or generous helpings of
beef and cheesecake. Pascale Ferran, however, has changed all of this in one
fell swoop; her long, languid take on Lawrence’s pro-sex parable is less an
adaptation than a reclamation. She not only knows the book’s narrative
intimately but also bothered to read between its lines, pinpointing every
spiritual element to the erotic encounters between the desperate housewife
(Hands) and her virile gamekeeper (Coulloc’h). You won’t find a more effective
hosanna for the existential healing powers of humping.
Theatrical Release: November 1st, 2006
DVD Review: Seville Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 5.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
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Well, we've been in the woods before with these simultaneous release date Kino (in US) / Seville (in Canada) offerings. You can bet your bottom dollar that the transfers will be identical (they are in fact sharing it). Typical with both it is a poor in terms of image - interlaced although on a dual-layered DVD. It is quite possible from a PAL source but I have nothing to compare it to verify (sources have the theatrical at 168 minutes, but there is a longer French TV version at 220 minutes). As this is 160 minutes it sounds right to be from a 4% faster PAL source. The picture is rife with digital artifacts, combing and is exceptionally hazy for a modern film. Colors aren't too bad as one positive. The 2.0 track audio is unremarkable but dialogue is clear enough to discern the French dialogue. There are optional English subtitles.
No supplements which is almost criminal as the film is a masterpiece. It is quite possibly the most affecting rendition of the, often soft-porn'ed, D.H. Lawrence story. What a drag the DVD is so weak but we do recommend seeing the film at any available opportunity.