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(aka 'The Bride Wore Black" or "La Sposa in nero")

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France / Italy 1968

Regarded as one of Truffaut's best "The Bride Wore Black" (along with perhaps Kieslowski's "White") as the ultimate "revenge" film. Jeanne Moreau is cool and determined in her goal to exact just punishment on the men responsible for her bridegroom's death. Her failed suicide seems to only strengthen her resolve. Truffaut's attention to detail seems at its zenith and the film cascades from gentle irony to spine chilling suspense . Above all Truffaut's films are entertainment not overly steeped in symbolism and intellectual fodder. Well, perhaps a slight homage to Alfred Hitchcock thrown in for buffs.

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The incandescent Jeanne Moreau stars as an avenging angel in the one and only François Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black (1968), an homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock (including a spectacular score by the gorgeously quixotic Bernard Herrmann) that takes on its own strangely poetic, very French ambiance. Based on a book by American genre novelist Cornell Woolrich (aka William Irish) and shot by the legendary Raoul Coutard (Contempt, Z), the film—about a widow who goes after the five men she believes murdered her husband on their wedding day—provides a brilliant contrast between dark deeds and the light-struck beauties of southern France.

 

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Theatrical Release:  22 March 1968 West Germany

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Distribution MGM - Region 1- NTSC Twilight Time
Region FREE -
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Runtime 1:47:32 1:47:37.117
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.26 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 42,326,733,093 bytes

Feature Size: 21,087,516,672 bytes

English DUB: 20,417,906,688 bytes

Total Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Bitrate: English DUBBED Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1084 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1084 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2012 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2012 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1359 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1359 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

English DUB: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1903 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1903 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None English (burned-in yellow for French version, but optional white for English DUBBED)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: January 23rd, 2001

Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

1.66:1 Disc Size: 42,326,733,093 bytes

Feature Size: 21,087,516,672 bytes

English DUB: 20,417,906,688 bytes

Total Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• English Language Dubbed Version
Isolated Music & Effects Track
Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo, Steven C. Smith, and Nick Redman
Original Theatrical Trailer (1:56)

• 8-page liner notes by Julie Kirgo
INCLUDES BONUS CD: Conversation Piece: An Unvarnished Chat with Bernard Herrmann)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: January, 2015
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 24

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray January 15': It's Okay, we have a bit of an odd situation here. Twilight Time gives us two versions - although they appear very similar in appearance. We have an original French-language version (DTS-HD Master, mono) with burned-in yellow (English) subtitles, and an English DUBBED version (separate AVC) with optional white (English) subtitles. Uncharacteristically for Twilight Time, this smacks of being unable to obtain the 'sufficient' source to produce a more efficient package. Visually, it has some softness and plenty of texture. It shows significantly more information, in the frame, than the 2001 DVD. It is much brighter and looks pretty solid in-motion. I suspect the elements are not the most HD-friendly and, while I think it could look better (with a more robust bitrate), this may be as good as we are likely to get.

Lossless audio (Herrmann) and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE.

Twilight Time include an excellent audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo, Steven C. Smith, and Nick Redman which has a lot of value. There is also their, seemingly, obligatory isolated music & effects track as an option - notable for Bernard Herrmann's score. There is a trailer, and the package contains an 8-page liner notes leaflet with an essay by Julie Kirgo and a bonus CD entitled Conversation Piece: An Unvarnished Chat with Bernard Herrmann. Fourteen indexed tracks make it easy to explore the various topics of discussion including Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.

Imperfect transfer but a wonderful Truffaut film experience. This may be one to go out-of-print (like the old DVD) so interested purchasers should indulge sooner rather than later.  

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ON THE DVD: Very tight image for a non-anamorphic DVD. Well done subtitles, an optional DUB offering (bahh!), but very light on the extras. The DVD is back in-Print and with decent reason! Contrast is good - original aspect ratio. I would have loved some extra features but a great DVD to own. out of  .

Gary W. Tooze

 


Recommended Reading on Truffaut /  French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

François Truffaut
by Annette Insdorf
HITCHCOCK (REVISED EDITION)
by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut
The French New Wave: An Artistic School
by Michel Marie, Richard John Neupert, Richard Neupert
A History of the French New Wave Cinema
by Richard Neupert
French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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