Directed by Jacques Demy
USA 1969

 

Maybe Tomorrow. Maybe Never. Maybe.

French New Wave writer / director Jacques Demy, best known for his stylish musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, reunites with French star Anouk Aimée (their first pairing, 1961's Lola) to direct his first film in America. Gary Lockwood (2001: A Space Odyssey) plays shiftless but innocuous George Matthews, who can't seem to get himself worked up about anything: the girlfriend he is about to lose, his soon-to-be repossessed car or even his draft notice. Until one day, he sees a beautiful but detached model (Aimée), and he begins to follow her. From Malibu Beach to Beverly Hills mansions to Santa Monica Boulevard's cheap strip joints, Los Angeles is critically examined...

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Theatrical Release: February 11th, 1969

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DVD Review: Sony - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Sony Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:37:00 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.8 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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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (2:59)

DVD Release Date: September 8th, 2009

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Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

The single-layered, anamorphic transfer looks acceptable if never brilliantly stellar. The image is clean with, at times, surprising detail and some grain visible in backgrounds. Noise is not much of a factor. The film has many outdoor shots and the colors are only slightly dulled. It is consistent and seems to report reliably. It may be that any of the DVD visual weaknesses are the result of the single-layering. I suspect the film would look quite strong in 1080P definition.  The 2.0 channel audio is unremarkable but clear and close, I'll wager, to the way  it was produced with no strong hiss or pops surfacing. There are optional English subtitles.

There is only a theatrical trailer as an extra but the very reasonable price reflects the lack of supplements. The film doesn't share the essence of Lola but it's not so far off to be hyper-critical of the result. The camera work is highly interesting (hence I added more than the usual number of screen captures). Demy and/or Anouk Aimée fans will want to indulge as I believe this is the first time the film has reached DVD. I think it's definitely worth picking-up at only $13. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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