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In the House aka Dans La Maison [Blu-ray]

 

(François Ozon, 2012)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Mandarin Cinéma

Video: Cohen Media

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:44:57.374

Disc Size: 36,345,583,456 bytes

Feature Size: 24,507,659,904 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.07 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: September 24th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1728 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1728 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

• Making of Featurette (53:36)

• Bloopers (11:00)

• Deleted Scenes (12:35)

• Premiere at La Grand Rex (6:28)

Costume Fittings (2:59)

• Theatrical Trailer (2:19)

Poster Gallery (1:33)

 

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Description: Sixteen-year-old Claude (Ernst Unhauer) insinuates himself into the house of fellow high school student Rapha (Bastien Ughetto), writing about his family in essays that perversely blur the lines between reality and fiction for his jaded literature teacher Germain (Fabrice Luchini). Intrigued by this gifted and unusual student, Germain rediscovers his taste for teaching, but the boy’s intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events. Kristin Scott-Thomas plays Germain’s wife, Jeanne, a contemporary art gallery director who avidly follows Claude’s semi-imaginary escapades, while Emmanuelle Seigner plays Rapha’s mom, Claude’s object of desire.

 

 

The Film:

A disillusioned French teacher's passions for literature are reawakened by a shy-yet-talented student who insinuates himself into the family life of an unsuspecting classmate in order to pen a series of voyeuristic essays. Adapted from Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga's The Boy in the Last Row, François Ozon's In the House opens to find weary educator Germain (Fabrice Luchini) wondering why he still gets up in front of the classroom every day. His enthusiasm for teaching has all bit withered away when Claude (Ernst Umhauer), a 16-year-old student who rarely speaks a word in class, suddenly develops a close friendship with middle-class schoolmate Rapha (Bastien Ughetto). Before long Claude has practically become an adoptive member of Rapha's family, furtively scrutinizing their lives while fashioning his observations into stories that hold his teacher spellbound. Claude's stories begin to take on an increasingly ominous air, however, as they become unusually focused on Rapha's pretty mother Esther (Emmanuelle Seigner). Meanwhile, by encouraging Claude to carry on writing, the newly invigorated teacher strays into morally questionable territory. By the time the young writer turns his attentions toward Germain's own wife Jeanne (Kristin Scott Thomas), the horrified teacher's foolhardy permissiveness threatens to result in shocking repercussions.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

The prolific François Ozon follows unabashed crowdpleaser ‘Potiche’ with a social satire that’s no less fun, but delivers rather more substance in its sardonic portraiture and pointed self-awareness.

Germain (the ever-waspish Fabrice Luchini) is an old-fashioned teacher at a trendy secondary school who discovers a renewed purpose in the intriguing prose delivered by student Claude (effortlessly poised newcomer Ernst Umhauer). This mischievous outsider turns his fascination with a classmate’s seemingly ideal bourgeois household – and in particular Emmanuelle Seigner’s yummy maman – into a series of weekly writing exercises. Germain seizes upon the pages, but what does his eagerness to sharpen up the writing tell us about his own stalled creativity, his petty prejudices, and even his arid marriage to art gallery manager Jeanne (an impeccable Kristin Scott Thomas)?

Excerpt from Timeout Film Guide located HERE

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

Firstly, there is a French Blu-ray of the film available HERE, which looks to have the same extras and it wouldn't surprise me of the transfer was the same (or very similar) although I don't have any knowledge of it having English subtitles (as this Cohen Media package does.) In the House on Blu-ray looks to be a solid replication of last year's film.  The image quality is fairly unremarkable - as I assume it was theatrically. Details and colors advance over SD and there is no noise or flaws of any kind. The film's visuals are just less remarkable. This Blu-ray is consistent, clean and provides an authentic presentation - which is about all you can ask from the transfer.

 

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Audio :

Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1728 kbps (simpler Dolby 5.1 as an option) - both in original French. There aren't many separations in the dialogue-driven film but Philippe Rombi's (Ozon's Swimming Pool) score seems to benefit from the lossless rendering. There are subtitles - removable with the remote button and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Extras include a 54-minute Making of Featurette in French - mostly 'B' roll and behind the scenes footage with English subtitles. There are a few amusing Bloopers, some deleted scenes, a piece on the Premiere at La Grand Rex theater, an unnecessary 3-minutes on the 'Costume Fittings', a theatrical trailer and poster gallery.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Good film. One that is very easy to get wrapped up in. In the House is a deceptive interpersonal exploration with subversive details seething beneath its surface. Ozon is in familiar territory and his control of the story is impressive. I enjoyed the performances and always being uncomfortable with where the film was heading. The Cohen Blu-ray seem to do its job in the a/v department and thee are extras relating to the production. If you have any reservations - you may be surprised at how much you enjoy the film and 1080P presentation in your home theater. 

Gary Tooze

September 20th, 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.

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