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(aka "The Story of Adele H." )

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France 1975

The Story of Adèle H (L’Histoire d’Adèle H., 1975) is the sublime François Truffaut’s frighteningly intense look at amour fou: the obsessive love that drives a woman to destruction. The woman is Adèle Hugo (tragically incarnated by the magnificent Isabelle Adjani), the talented and privileged daughter of the most celebrated author in Europe; the object of her affection is a n’er-do-well English soldier, one Lieutenant Pinson (Bruce Robinson, future director of the riotous Withnail & I). Based on fact, this titanically poetic film follows the infatuated Adèle as she trails Pinson from one end of the earth to the other, descending into madness and living on the fire of her passion. Stunningly photographed by the singular Nestor Alemandros and featuring a towering score by Maurice Jaubert.

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The Story Of Adèle H. (aka: L'histoire d'Adèle H.), a story of unrequited love, was a major success for Truffaut. It's certainly one of his better films but its success may well depend on each viewer's sensibility. Truffaut tells his story (which is a true one) with some detachment, which does keep this story of overwhelming, blind infatuation at a distance. Adèle isn't always a sympathetic character, deceiving her parents about her non-existent marriage to Pinson and later trying to attract him by pretending to be pregnant. It's a tribute to Isabelle Adjani's performance, which was Oscar-nominated, that Adèle does keep as much of our sympathy as she does. Adjani was 19 at the time, though playing a woman who was actually 33. Bruce Robinson (then an actor, but later a screenwriter and director) is suitably handsome but rather blank as the object of Adèle's desire, and you may well wonder what she sees in him. As a result, there's something of an arm's-length feel to this film, despite Truffaut's careful craftsmanship. Nestor Almendros' photography is a major asset, deliberately subdued during the scenes in Nova Scotia that form the bulk of the film, brighter in the final scenes set in Barbados though filmed in Dakar.

Excerpt of Gary Couzen's review at VideoVista located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 8th, 1975

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MGM (US)

Region 1 - NTSC

MGM (Europe)
Region 0 - PAL
Twilight Time
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:37:30 1:33:36 (4% PAL speedup) 1:37:36.392
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.48 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 27,082,088,954 bytes

Feature Size: 25,726,869,504 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Audio French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1034 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1034 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1038 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1038 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1071 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1071 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English (HoH only), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Greek, none Burned-in yellow, English, subtitles for the French dialogue and optional white English (SDH) for the English dialogue
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM (US)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: 2001
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: MGM (Europe)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer

 

DVD Release Date: August 4, 2003
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

Disc Size: 27,082,088,954 bytes

Feature Size: 25,726,869,504 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
Isolated Score Track
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:50)

8-page liner notes by Julie Kirgo

Limited to 3,000 units
 

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

Chapters 24

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray March 15':  I had some, initial, concerns with the image quality, but - overall - it seems quite strong - a wide step beyond the old SDs. It is dual-layered, 1080P with a high bitrate. The visuals are generally brighter, richer colors and detail rises although it is not a pristinely crisp image, I suspect it is as good as is available from the source provided. It looked quite pleasing in-motion and Néstor Almendros' cinematography was, certainly, complimented by the higher resolution.

Twilight Time stay authentic with a DTS-HD Master mono track at 1034 kbps. The score is by Maurice Jaubert (L'Atalante, Drole de Drame, Port of Shadows, Truffaut's The Green Room) and is orchestral with some solo saxophone and sounds wonderful when heard through the lossless and restored transfer.  Similar to Twilight Time's Blu-ray of Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black - the French language have burned-in yellow subtitles and for the English dialogue there are optional white (HoH) subtitles. I suspect that the source provided had the burned-in subs and there was little Twilight Time could do. Like all twilight Time Blu-rays it is region FREE. This is limited to 3,000 units.

Twilight Time include a new audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman and I liked it learning quite a bit more about the production. There is the usual Isolated Score Track plus an original theatrical trailer. The package has an 8-page liner notes leaflet with words by Julie Kirgo.

Great, very touching, film - bio-pic - and I was able to see it in a whole new way with the improved a/v. Recommended!

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ON THE DVD: Similar issue with some MGM DVDs. Image quality is close, but looking at the last capture we can see the superior contrast, brightness and richer color of the Region 1 DVD. More DUBs and subtitles on the PAL but everything else is a wash. This is an underrated film - buy the NTSC - it is very reasonably priced.

NOTE: The Europe version has only English Hearing Impaired subtitles and they come up even in English dialogue.

- Gary Tooze

 



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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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Twilight Time
Region FREE -
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