(aka "Joy House" or "The Love Cage" )

directed by René Clément
France 1964

A small-time con man on the run from the gangster husband of his girlfriend hides out in a strange brooding mansion run by two mysterious women. There he finds himself trapped in deception between the two women. A lush decadent thriller featuring beautiful French Riviera settings.

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Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1964 

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DVD Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:54 1:36:54
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.89 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.26 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.

Bitrate:

Image Entertainment

Bitrate:

Koch Lorber

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None English (for French version only), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: August 8th, 2000

Snapper Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Koch Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• trailer

DVD Release Date:
August 5th, 2008
Keep Case
Chapters: 13

 

Comments:

Wow - what a mess! 8 years ago (almost to the day) Image Entertainment distributed a single-layered unconverted PAL-sourced transfer of René Clément's Joy House (Les Felins). It was bare-bones in a snapper case and was eventually fetching ridiculous prices on auction - including by third party profiteers on Amazon's Marketplace.

Koch Lorber now comes to the rescue (or do they) with a dual-layered, bare bones, interlaced, contrast -boosted replacement. It offers the French (with optional subtitles) or English audio (no subtitles) version of the film but the combing is horrendous with lots of artefacts - worse than the improper-standard 'ghosting' on the old Image disc. The Koch transfer is also slightly pictureboxed with a black border circumventing the frame.

Audio on both is fairly weak too - maybe with the Koch gaining the upper hand. 

Gee whiz - couldn't someone do better? This is awful. I've become quite sensitive to brightness boosting and I actually think I prefer the Image DVD which may be stretched a shade horizontally.

I'm very disappointed that after 8 years - something much better couldn't be produced. The film is not brilliant but seems to encapsulates that certain time of quintessential French-ness that we can feel very nostalgic about - Delon, Fonda and Lola Albright look so good in this. I kinda like Les Felins but and am now clinging to my Image disc - presumably for a long time to come (hopefully not another 8 years till a better attempt is made). Koch dare ask OVER $20 for their DVD. Shameful.   

Gary W. Tooze

 



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Distribution Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC Koch Lorber - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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