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Monsieur Gangster aka Les tontons flingueurs [Blu-ray]


(Georges Lautner, 1963)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Gaumont

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:51:11.665

Disc Size: 23,095,891,325 bytes

Feature Size: 22,222,712,832 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.48 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: February 26th, 2013



Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio French 868 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 868 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)



• English (burned-in)



Trailer (3:39 in 1080P)





Description: In this action-packed slapstick comedy - a dying mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican" asks his old friend and ex-gangster, Fernand Naudin (Lino Ventura), to come out of retirement to take over the family businesses and protect his soon to be married daughter. The rival families take an exception to this and unleash their henchmen to take care of Naudin, but they get much more than they bargained for. After surviving their first onslaught, he declares war on the other families and their shady operations. The stellar cast includes Bernard Blier and Francis Blanche with great direction by Georges Lautner and writing by Michel Audiard. The writer, director and three leads reappeared the following year in the even more successful Spy vs. Spy comedy, The Great Spy Chase (Les Barbouzes).



The Film:

Fernand Naudin is an ex-gangster, who now deals in agricultural machinery and lives in Montauban. His modest, quiet life is disrupted when his childhood friend, who has become the Boss of a gangster organisation, summons him to his death bed. He has to take care of his friend's "business" and of his daughter, Patricia, who only thinks about having fun and has never been kept in a college for more than six months. As if it wasn't enough, by taking the Boss's (his friend's) golden seat, Fernand angers most of the other gangsters who hoped to become the new Boss and during the movie, he escapes many murder attempts by people inside the organisation.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

One of the most famous scenes is set in a kitchen where the gangsters try to make nonchalant conversation while drinking a vile and strong liquor. Screenwriter Michel Audiard considered it useless and it might never have existed, but the director included the scene in homage to the film noir Key Largo.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Image quality of the Olive Blu-ray of Monsieur Gangster is quite strong. This is only single-layered but contrast on the 1.66:1 framed image is nicely layered and detail is well supported. There is no damage and only a modicum of digital noise. Generally it looks bright and clean. I'd say the print used was in excellent condition. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering and I had a very positive viewing experience.















Audio :

The DTS-HD mono track at 868 kbps seems accurate to the film origins. There is no depth or range to speak of but there are a few effects and a notable, crashing, fist fight and the conclusion. Michel Magne did the original score and it benefits from the lossless transfer and sounded quite good.  There are burned-in English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

No supplements - aside from a lengthy original trailer.



I was in the right mood and enjoyed this even more than I thought. I could easily see why it was so popular - great characters! The bare-bones Blu-ray did a decent job of exporting the noir-leaning film in 1080P. I think it deserves some in-depth supplements but am happy to have just seen it. 

Gary Tooze

March 7th, 2013

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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