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directed by Nicolas Philibert
France/Japan 2013

 

Simultaneously funny and always stimulating, LA MASION DE LA RADIO is a documentary observation of a day in the life of Radio France - the equivalent of America's NPR or Britain's BBC Radio - is a frenzy of news reports, musical performances, dramatic readings, and game shows and the behind the scenes scramble for perfectly-worded and -inflected news flashes, major scoops as well as cute little stories to fill a few stray seconds at the end of a meticulously planned broadcast. As sound engineers and directors attempt to extract perfect dramatic readings line by line or musical performances by note, tensions arise as even in the professional sound studios of a government sponsored cultural institution they are subject to interference from construction noise. Director Nicolas Philibert imposes no commentary upon the sometimes ludicrous musings and remarks of these intellectual figures or the wishy-washy, sometimes entirely nonsensical directorial promptings to performers, or even the "artistic merit" of some of the performances and programs that provide one of the France's most convenient and accessible cultural mediums.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 3 April 2013 (France)

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DVD Review: Kino Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC

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Kino Lorber

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:43:16
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.21 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 French Dolby Digital 5.1; French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:46)
• Trailers for 'Violeta Went to Heaven' and 'Drew: The Man Behind the Poster'
• About Kino Lorber

DVD Release Date: 22 April 2014
Amaray

Chapters 10

 

Comments

Kino Lorber's single-layer, progressive, anamorphic DVD is a more than adequate rendering of this HD-lensed, shot on-the-fly documentary. Shot mostly with existing light (ranging from office florescent to studio spotlights), depth varies from scene to scene, but the presentation is clear enough to unfortunately catch every drop of spittle flying at the camera from a scat-singer in one memorable sequence. There is no Blu-ray release, but Kino Lorber has made the film available in HD from streaming services (although whether that is a significant upgrade will probably depend on your connection).

 

Audio is offered up in both 5.1 and 2.0 options, with the 5.1 giving additional depth but most of the sound was recorded live apart from some scored interludes (although it is by no means an upmix, just not a demo track for surround systems). The optional English subtitles do well in keeping up with the sometimes rapidly spoken French. There are no extras besides the trailer and trailers for other Kino Lorber titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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