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(aka 'One Deadly Summer')

Directed by Jean Becker
France 1983

 

Eliane (Isabelle Adjani), a beautiful young woman, settles into a small town in the south of France with her introverted mother and physically handicapped father. Traumatized by her knowledge that her mother was raped by three men before she was born, Eliane thinks she's on a trail of vengeance when she's courted by a young garage mechanic (Alain Souchon), whose father has the only clue to the identity of her mother's aggressors. But as the story unfolds in Rashomon-like flashbacks and narrations, the tale becomes increasingly complex and leads inexorably to a stunning conclusion. Isabelle Adjani (Queen Margot, Camille Claudel, Diabolique) stars in this Jean Becker (Children of the Marshland, Conversations with My Gardener) directed tale of misunderstanding, obsession, and madness that s in the tradition of Swimming Pool and Open Your Eyes. One Deadly Summer (L'ete Meurtrier) was the winner of 4 Cesar Awards, including Best Actress for Isabelle Adjani. Newly-remastered in high definition.

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Theatrical Release: May 11th, 1983

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Distribution Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC Bayview Entertainment
Region 'A' -
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Runtime 2:13:04  2:13:19.408
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

1.66:1 Disc Size: 37,220,962,544 bytes

Feature Size: 22,799,050,752 bytes

Total Bitrate: 19.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Tanelorn Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

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DVD Release Date: May 11th, 2010

Keep Case
Chapters: 10

Release Information:
Studio:
Tanelorn Films

 

1.66:1 Disc Size: 37,220,962,544 bytes

Feature Size: 22,799,050,752 bytes

Total Bitrate: 19.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
1983 Cannes Film Festival Interview with Isabelle Adjani (20:39)
•  Vintage interview with director Jean Becker (24:41)
2007 interview with director Jean Becker (27:57)
Original Trailer (2:32)
Still photo gallery
 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 10th, 2015
White Blu-ray case

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Bayview - Region 'A' - Blu-ray November 15': The DVD was quite strong but you can see in our comparison captures the improvement in the higher resolution. Detail is superior and the grain textures are prevalent and consistent. Generally a brighter image, still in original 1.66:1, and the 1080P is a noticeably better.

Bayview use a linear PCM 2.0 channel (16-bit) and it adds to the presentation. The score carries some depth although there isn't an abundance of aggressive effects. Georges Delerue's (Mister Johnson, Jules et Jim, The Woman Next Door, The Last Metro, Day For Night) music benefits from the uncompressed rendering creating atmosphere where there would be none. There are optional English (yellow) subtitles (see sample) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.

Where the DVD had no supplements - there are some extras on the Blu-ray. We get a 20-minute,1983 Cannes Film Festival, interview with Isabelle Adjani and others by the sea discussing the film, her character etc. There is a 25-minute vintage interview with Becker plus another from 2007 for close to a 1/2 hour. It's discussed how Adjani was the first choice but they had to wait 2 years for her. All video supplements are, in HD, and in French with English subtitles. There is an original trailer and still photo gallery as well.

I probably liked this film better in this repeat viewing - the higher resolution may have helped. It's very French, mysterious, and has the appeal of Adjani as an exhibitionist. :) It's a pretty good film and one I will certainly revisit yet again. Better than most of the rubbish out of Hollywood. Yes, absolutely recommended!  

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ON THE DVD (2010): So, One Deadly Summer finally comes to NTSC with a surprisingly strong, progressive, anamorphic (original 1.66) and dual-layered transfer. It has some grand moments - especially the outdoor scenes. Close-ups look great, minimal artefacts - I was impressed!

Audio is an unremarkable but clear 2.0 channel mono and the subtitles are optional. The disc is coded `free` in the NTSC standard.

This is totally bare-bones (no extras) with 10 chapter stops and optional subtitles - that's all folks. Still, I think the release should be commended - it looks very strong for SD and the film itself has gained some stature - even beyond Adjani's gratuitous nudity. The thriller aspects kind of sneak up on you after all the sexuality. A curious and appealing film effort from Becker - certainly worthy of repetition but deserves some discussion supplements. Priced high - but, I don't know - could be very worth it for some. Give it a spin. 

Gary W. Tooze


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