(aka "Life of Jesus" )

 

directed by Bruno Dumont
France 1997

 

A shocker at Cannes because of its unromanticized coverage of real sex, Bruno Dumont's provocatively-titled, Cinemascope film is about a group of misdirected friends in the Northern French countryside. It centers on epileptic, chronically unemployed Freddy, his intense couplings with sexy Marie, and his motorcycle rides with his bored, nothing-else-to-do pals. One day, an Arab boy appears in the town, and has eyes for Marie. Racism and revenge follow. Dumont used local, non-professional actors to create a naturalistic portrait of rural Flanders for one of the most critically praised French films of recent years.

Excerpt of review from Harvard Film Archive located HERE

Poster

Theatrical Release: France 4 June 1997

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DVD Comparison:

Fox Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60 - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg and Per-olof Strandberg for the Screen Caps!

(Fox Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60 - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Fox Lorber

Region 0 - NTSC

Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:31:48 1:32:23 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6,17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

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

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

Bitrate:

 

Fox Lorber

 

Bitrate:

Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60

NO AVAILABLE

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Fox Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:36)
• Production credits
• DVD-5

DVD Release Date: 27 April 1999
Keep Case

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (1:35)
• Booklet (40 pages)
• DVD-5
 

DVD Release Date: 21 Jul 2008
Transparent keep-case

Chapters 17

 

Comments

There are films that I feel far to valuable to view with shabby transfers. Bruno Dumont's La vie de Jésus is one of them. I never managed to watch more than ten minutes, with a projector, from the Fox Lorber transfer of the film. It was that poor. I had always hopped that some cinema fans will give the film a decent transfer. After waiting for eight years I was, today, finally satisfied... and it was worth the wait!


 

Where the Eureka / Masters of Cinema transfer is 16X9 enhanced and progressive, the old Fox Lorber DVD is non-anamorphic and taken from an unconverted PAL source, bringing visible combing/ghosting. There is very little to compare here, the screen captures tell everything. The new MoC DVD has more information on both sides and the picture and is stable throughout. On a projector (low light) the color timing seems correct, but on a computer display it looks like the image is brightened a bit to fit home viewing. As a result the colors may appear a shade dull. The transfer is excellent, but not without some minor problems. Most of the close-ups of people are sharp and looks generally fine, but there's occasionally visible edge enhancement - especially in some of the images of fields, streets and part of the scene where people are on a parade.

Both transfers are on single layered discs. The MoC has occupied 4.14 Gb, and the Fox Lorber 4.27 Gb of size. The difference between the two images is however readily visible when displayed. The Fox Lorber looks resoundingly poorer in motion.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound on the MoC DVD is clear, and sounds most probably as it was originally intended.

Both have as extra material a trailer for the film. The MoC edition has two text interviews and some notes of the film in their included 40-page booklet.

Now all the four feature films from Bruno Dumont (L'Humanité, Twentynine Palms and Flanders) are available on decent DVD transfers. Thank you MoC for
La vie de Jésus.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 



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(Fox Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60 - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Fox Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60 - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)
Combing on Fox Lorber

 

 


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Image:

MoC

Sound:

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Extras: MoC - Booklet
Menu: MoC

 
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Distribution

Fox Lorber

Region 0 - NTSC

Eureka / Masters of Cinema #60
Region 0 - PAL

 


 





 

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