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(aka "U-Turn" )

 

directed by George Kaczender
Canada 1973

 

Montreal lawyer Scott (David Selby) has a loving relationship with schoolteacher Bonnie (Gay Rowan) but is haunted by the what-if of his brief chance meeting with a beautiful and beguiling woman in blue (Maud Adams, in a dual role). Although he has searched for her intermittently (whenever he catches sight of the model sports car she was driving), it is not until Bonnie starts pushing him to marry her that he starts out a more aggressive search for the woman which further alienates Bonnie. The Canadian entry for the 1973 Berlin Film Festival, THE GIRL IN BLUE achieves a wonderfully dreamy atmosphere thanks to its score, the overcast views of new and old Montreal, the surrounding countryside and islands, and the lovely cinematography. Some humor and a naturalistic performances from Selby and Rowan (in contrast to the ambiguous one of Adams and the caricatured but colorful supporting cast) keep this one from getting too pretentious and the script isn't as predictable as one would expect (although the last scene seems like a cop-out).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: March 1974 (USA)

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DVD Review: Scorpion Releasing - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Scorpion Releasing

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:38:39
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.43 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

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Scorpion Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by star David Selby and Director George Kaczender
• Introduction by David Selby (4:3; 3:36)
• On camera interview with star Gay Rowan (4:3; 15:16)
• Alternate U-TURN Title Sequence (16:9; 0:54)
• Original Trailer (16:9; 1:06)
• Trailers for VOYAGER [HOMO FABER] (16:9; 1:37), CHANGES (16:9; 2:34), SAY HELLO TO YESTERDAY
• (16:9; 2:41), and SWEET WILLIAM (4:3; 3:02)

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Scorpion Releasing presents this little known Canadian drama in an attractive anamorphic, progressive, dual-layer transfer. The opening credits are framed at 1.66:1 but the feature is 1.78:1 (although it does not look cropped and would likely have been shown at 1.85:1 theatrically; the alternate U-TURN title cared is framed at 1.78:1). The English mono audio is in good condition.

 

Although Selby's video introduction introduction is brief, he shares an audio commentary with director Kaczender (who points out that the story was influenced by a line from CITIZEN KANE about the memory of a brief sighting of a beautiful woman at a ferry crossing; though Selby also points out the similarity of the film's concept to Eric Rohmer's CLAIRE'S KNEE). Kaczender likens Adams' "girl in blue" to the unattainable Claudia Cardinale in Fellini's 8 1/2. Co-star Gay Rowan provides a 15 minute interview. The film's alternate U-TURN title sequence and theatrical trailer (under the GIRL IN BLUE title) round out the extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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