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(aka "Day For Night" or "Effetto notte")

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France 1973

In Day for Night Truffaut clearly communicates his consummate love for film in ways certain to bring knowing smiles to all movie lovers. The homages are laid on thickly, giving film aficionados a chance to see references to the filmmakers that Truffaut admires—Buñuel, Hitchcock, Bergman, Godard, Welles, etc. Cinematic obsession doesn't leave the director when he sleeps either; he is haunted by a recurring dream that eventually leads to Truffaut's real life boyhood when he and friend Robert Lachenay would steal glossy movie stills from Montmarte theaters. No longer obsessed with making an artistic masterpiece, Ferrand continues to be consumed by his schlocky current project, and he's obviously been through the process a few times: “Making a film is like a stagecoach ride in the old west. When you start, you are hoping for a pleasant trip. By the halfway point, you just hope to survive.”

Excerpt of John Nesbit's review on CultureDose.net located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 1973 - France

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Comparison:

Warner - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner (2 disc) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Criterion Collection  Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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1) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) Warner - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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coming out, on Criterion Blu-ray in the UK, October 24th, 2016:

Distribution

Warner

Region 1  - NTSC

Warner
Region 0 - PAL
Criterion Collection - Spine #769 - Region 'A' Blu-ray
Runtime 1:55:44 1:53:08 (4% PAL speedup) 1:56:00.954
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.74 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.65:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.75
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,424,327,502 bytes

Feature: 22,658,537,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Warner - NTSC

 

Bitrate:

Warner Region 2 PAL

 

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

 

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

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, Spanish, French and none French, English, Dutchman, German, Swede, Czech, Turk, Hungarian, Greek, Romanian and none English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1



Edition Details:
• Color, Widescreen
• All-New Documentaries:
• Day for Night: An Appreciation with BOB BALABAN and Biographer ANNETTE INSDORF (17:04)
• Day for Night A Conversation with JACQUELINE BISSET and NATHALIE BAYE (non-anamorphic widescreen - 8:59)

Anamorphic Widescren trailer (2:48)
• "Truffaut: In the USA" (8:46)

Truffaut: A View From the Inside
• Interviews:
• VALENTINA CORTESE Interview.
• 2 TRUFFAUT Interviews, One from the 1973 Cannes Film Festival (2:02) and the Other from the 1973 National Society of Film Critics Awards (1:58)
• Widescreen anamorphic format

 

DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
Snap Case

Chapters 34

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.65:1

Edition Details:

Disc 1
 DVD 9 & 5 PAL
 English menu (strange!)
 Also included: Introduction by Serge Toubiana and Audio Commentary by Nathalie Baye

Disc 2 - Bonus Features (all in French):
 Truffaut talks about the film in Cannes 1973 (1 min 53)
 Truffaut receives the award of american critic (1 min 51)
 Behind-the-Scene documentary (10 min 46)
 Featurette with interviews of Truffaut, Bisset and Valentina Cortese (8 min 07)
 Studio de la Victorine in Nice (5 min 41)

 

DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 23

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,424,327,502 bytes

Feature: 22,658,537,472 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• New visual essay by filmmaker :: kogonada (11:27)
• New interview with cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn (12:58)

New interviews with assistant editor Martine Barraqué (12:56)
• New interview with film scholar Dudley Andrew (20:35)
• Documentary on the film from 2003, featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf (17:09)
• Archival interviews with director François Truffaut (8:11); editor Yann Dedet (3:42); and actors Jean-Pierre Aumont (6:25), Nathalie Baye (11:42), Jacqueline Bisset (9:00), Dani (4:03), and Bernard Menez (3:33)

Archival Footage:

Truffaut Shoots Day For Night (2:48)

• On Day For Night (11:08)

• Truffaut at the National Society of Critics (2:01)
• Television footage of Truffaut on the film’s set in 1972 (6:27)
• Trailer (2:47)
• PLUS: An essay by critic David Cairns

Blu-ray Release Date: August 18th, 2015
Transparent Keep case

Chapters: 31

 

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray July 15': Firstly, both DVDs are way out-of-print and have fetched big bucks in the past. This Criterion should put an end to that. The improvement in the video is extensive - a 2K digital transfer returns colors to their original richness - notable in the more natural skin tones. The 1080P retains the film's thickness and it looks pretty sweet in-motion. I wasn't expecting it to look this good. No complaints.

 

Audio comes via a linear PCM 2.0 channel stereo track at 1152 kbps - 24 bit in the original French + English. It is predictably flat but has some tightness not present on the SDs. Frequent Truffaut collaborator Georges Delerue (Shoot the Piano Player, Jules et Jim, The Woman Next Door, The Last Metro, Day For Night) did the score and it also benefits from the uncompressed rendering. There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

Criterion really stack the extras (almost 25 Gig worth) starting with a new visual essay by filmmaker :: kogonada running almost a dozen minutes discussing the many layers of François Truffaut's masterpiece Day For Night. There are a couple of new interviews and many archival one. Conducted by Criterion in 2015 at Cannes we hear assistant editor Martine Barraqué discuss the process for editing Day For Night for about 13-minutes. There is also a new, 13-minute, interview with cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn who reminisces about shooting Day For Night. Also included is Annette Insdorf 'hosting' the 17-minute documentary on the film from 2003, plus there are separate archival interviews with director François Truffaut (8:11); editor Yann Dedet (3:42); and actors Jean-Pierre Aumont (6:25), Nathalie Baye (11:42), Jacqueline Bisset (9:00), Dani (4:03), Martine Barraque and Bernard Menez (3:33) and some archival Footage pieces entitled Truffaut Shoots Day For Night, On Day For Night and Truffaut at the National Society of Critics. There is some television footage of Truffaut on the film’s set in 1972, a trailer and the package has a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic David Cairns.

 

Essential Truffaut - essential Blu-ray (great cover too!. Buy with extreme confidence!

 

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On the DVDs: Well, as far as I am concerned the Warner Region 2 is a dud. It has zooming and cropping - totally adjusting the aspect ratio. It has some contrast boosting and too much red in the image. What were they thinking? And to add insult to injury almost the exact same Extra Features are on one disc in region 1 where they are spread over two discs in Region 2 PAL. If I bought the two disc Region 2 PAL I would not be happy. Bottom line: the usual "standard that the film was made in is the best" rule was broken here - purchase the Region 1!

- Gary W. 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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Box Covers

  

coming out, on Criterion Blu-ray in the UK, October 24th, 2016:

Distribution

Warner

Region 1  - NTSC

Warner
Region 0 - PAL
Criterion Collection - Spine #769 - Region 'A' Blu-ray



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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