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Out 1 (LIMITED EDITION DELUXE BOX SET, DUAL FORMAT: 6 BLU-RAYs & 7 DVDs)

 

Out 1: Noli Me Tangere (1971)           Out 1: Spectre (1974)

 

Directed by Jacques Rivette

 

 

Jacques Rivette's epic-scale meditation on art, politics and relationships is an eight-Episode, 740 minute drama that begins as an examination of two Parisian theater companies. Lili (Michele Moretti) is a member of an experimental troupe preparing a radical new interpretation of Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes, while Thomas (Michel Lonsdale) is in charge of a state-funded group who are rehearsing another work by the same ancient Greek playwright, Prometheus Unbound. Drifting in and out of the orbit of these two groups are Sarah (Bernadette Lafont), an author and longtime friend of Thomas; Colin (Jean-Pierre Léaud), a deaf street musician; Frederique (Juliet Berto), a sexy confidence woman, and the bohemian owner of a knick-knack shop who often changes her name (Bulle Ogier), among many others. Colin tries to search out the meaning of a strange note handed to him by a mysterious stranger, while Frederique becomes Episodey to a similar message. As it happens, both learn of the possible existence of a secret society of thirteen powerful individuals who are the true rulers of Paris, but neither is sure if the group exists in history or the present day, and they have very different notions of what to do with this information. Jacques Rivette originally screened Out 1 as a work in progress (titled Out 1: Noli Me Tangere) at a pair of screenings in Paris in the fall of 1971; it was originally conceived as a project for television, but became a theatrical film after it was rejected by French broadcasters. While a four-hour version, Out 1: Spectre, began making the rounds of film festivals in 1974, the film didn't appear in its full twelve-hours-plus version until 1989, when a new cut of Out 1 appeared at the Rotterdam Film Festival. The final cut of Out 1 appeared with English subtitles in London in 2006, and has subsequently been screened in Vancouver, New York City and Chicago.

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Paris, April 13th 1970. Two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafés while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a conspiracy develops, the protagonists stories start to intertwine...

Jacques Rivette, co-founder of the French New Wave along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, has always been that group's most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member. This is very much on display in Out 1, his fourth feature film and magnum opus, in which a whimsical young man (Jean-Pierre Léaud) receives anonymous notes that put him on the trail of a mysterious group of people who might or might not be conspirators.

Based on an utterly unique concept that includes the absence of a script and nods to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, Out 1 has been practically impossible to see for more than forty years. Both the complete 8-Episode series, Out 1: noli me tangere (1971), and the shorter theatrical version, Out 1: Spectre (1974), are offered here in newly restored 2K presentations supervised by the films director of photography, Pierre-William Glenn (Day for Night). The colorful characters that Léaud encounters during his quest are played by Juliet Berto, Michael Lonsdale, Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier, Françoise Fabian, Jean-François Stévenin and other New Wave icons, with special appearances by directors Éric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder.

Out 1, an immensely involving, almost addictive blend of film, literature and theater, has rightly been hailed as the Holy Grail of modern French cinema!

-Robert Fischer


Posters

 

 

Distribution

Carlotta / Kino Lorber - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Subtitles

English, French, None

Features

Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta / Kino Lorber

Edition Details:


• THE TWO VERSIONS OF OUT 1:
NOLI ME TANGERE (1971, 8 EPISODES 12H55)

AND

SPECTRE (1974, FEATURE FILM 4H24)

• A NEW FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY - THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS: JACQUES RIVETTE'S OUT 1 REVISITED (1:47:31)
• AN EXCLUSIVE 120-PAGE BOOKLET

Blu-ray Release Date: January 12th, 2016

 

Blu-ray Package

 

 

Comments:

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

Firstly, there was a 5 DVD set, out of Germany HERE by Absolut Medien that contained Out 1: Noli Me Tangere and Out 1: Spectre . It was in PAL but region FREE but not from the current restoration. I expect the compression would be quite poor.

While we have reviewed many Rivette films on disc (Histoire de Marie et Julien, Va Savoir, Le pont du Nord, La belle noiseuse, Céline et Julie vont en bateau, Paris Belongs to Us) few realize that the DVDBeaver Server is also the host to http://www.jacques-rivette.com/ (Order of the Exile) - it hasn't been updated in a while but is chock-full of information for the discerning Rivette aficionado or budding student. NOTE: Jonathan Rosenbaum's Introduction to Rivette essay, from 1977, is a great place to start for neophytes to the director's work.

2016 will be shaping up as the 'Year of Rivette on Blu-ray' what with Arrow in the UK, also, releasing their The Jacques Rivette Collection in 1080P. It will include - as this Carlotta set does - 2K restorations of the Out 1: Noli Me Tangere and Out 1: Spectre supervised by cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn plus Rivette's Duelle (une quarantaine), Noroît (une vengeance) and Merry-Go-Round. But that set will be region 'B'-locked.

Carlotta's impressive 6 Blu-ray/7 DVD boxset offers both the 13-hour, 1971, Out 1: Noli Me Tangere and, condensed, 4.5-hour, 1974, Out 1: Spectre from their 2015 digital 2K restorations plus a wonderful new feature-length documentary on its own single-layered BD disc. The main feature has the film's 8 episodes* (1) De Lili à Thomas - 2) De Thomas à Frédérique - 3) De Frédérique à Sarah - 4) De Sarah à Colin - 5) De Colin à Pauline - 6) De Pauline à Emilie - 7) D'Emilie à Lucie - 8) De Lucie à Marie) divided 2 per dual-layered Blu-ray disc (see stats below).

*Each of the episodes begins with a title in the form of "from person to person" (usually indicating the first and last characters seen in each episode), followed by a handful of black and white still photos recapitulating the scenes of the prior episode, then concluded by showing the final minute or so (in black and white) of the last episode before cutting into the new episode itself (which is entirely in color). (ht Wikipedia)

This is Region FREE but being released in both North America - Carlotta USA distributed by Kino Lorber - and in Europe via Carlotta France. It is the exact same package on both sides of the Atlantic beyond minor cosmetic differences in language of the package text, disc labels etc. .

Each disc starts with the option of choosing English or French and the menus and subtitles are decided from that option although changeable on the fly via the remote button.

NOTE: We see a screen that this is restored by 'Technicolor' via 'Sunshine' supervised by cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn.

The original 16mm appearance is, predictably, very thick and looks wonderfully textured via HD. It's exceptionally clean - colors are bright and rich. The 1080P appearance is far in advance of what I was expecting. It is in 1.37:1 and looks exceptionally pleasing in-motion with bitrates around 30 Mbps for the first four Blu-rays that house the eight episodes of Out 1: Noli Me Tangere. The grain support is the major attribute - I think it looks fabulous.

The 4.5 hour Out 1: Spectre, on one lone Blu-ray (#5), looks quite similar to the Noli Me Tangere transfers - looking slight less robust (a comparative screen capture sample is below.)

All audio transfers are linear PCM mono with the option of standard Dolby - both in original French. This also sounds better (crisper, tighter and deeper) than I would nave anticipated. There is no score but self-created music by the rehearsing theatre groups or Colin (Jean-Pierre Léaud) annoyingly blasting on the harmonica.  There are optional English or French subtitles and, as stated, the 6 Blu-ray discs are region FREE.

The final Blu-ray disc is single-layered and has Fiction Factory's new documentary The Mysteries of Paris: Jacques Rivette's Out 1 Revisited. It is directed by Robert Fischer and Wilfried Reichart running an hour and 3/4 in color, 1.78:1 - made in 2015 It is described as "Forty-five years after Out 1 was made, documentary filmmakers Robert Fischer and Wilfried Reichart interviewed cast and crew members and revisited some of the film s most significant locations. The Mysteries of Paris features new contributions from actors Bulle Ogier, Michael Lonsdale and Hermine Karagheuz, cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn, assistant director Jean-François Stévenin and producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff, rare archival interviews with actors Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Michel Delahaye and, most prominently, illuminating statements by director Jacques Rivette himself."

Also included is an impressive 120-page book - Out 1 and it's Double (the text is bilingual in both English and French) and it features a new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum, illustrations, original stills by photographer Pierre Zucca and much more.

What can we say? So few people have been able to see Out 1 with its limited theatrical runs and the logistics of 13 hours of cinema viewing. I understand many screenings were over two days with 15-minute intermissions between episodes. I decided to take my time viewing this Blu-ray set. It was challenging and I was not always embracing what I was watching. But after my fledgling 'initiation' I began to accept the pacing and 'unusualness'. I don't think I have seen anything like it in my life. I struggled through the first half of the premier episode 'From Lili to Thomas' but after that I was content and appreciation grew in the characters, story fragments etc..

This is advertised as 'limited edition' but I don't know how many will be produced but the Arrow's region 'B' The Jacques Rivette Collection is only 3,000 copies. I think this Carlotta Out 1, Spectre and supplement Fischer documentary give this, almost, priceless value for those, especially in North America, who have not had the opportunity to see this in any venue. Certainly not to all tastes but still - our highest recommendation! 

Gary W. Tooze

 

 

 


Menus and Supplement Screens

 

Blu-ray 2

Blu-ray 3

Blu-ray 4

Blu-ray 5 - Spectre

Blu-ray 6 - Mysteries of Paris

 

 


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(aka "Premier Episode" or "Episode 1" or 'From Lili to Thomas') ( 'From Thomas to Frederic')

Bitrate: Episode 1

Bitrate: Episode 2
Blu-ray 1 Episode 1 + 2
 

Carlotta / Kino Lorber

  Episode 1 Episode 2

Disc Size:

49,609,416,519 bytes

Runtime:

1:29:56.641

1:49:36.361

Feature Size:

22,256,180,160 bytes

 27,147,750,336 bytes

Video Bitrate:

29.51 Mbps

29.51 Mbps

Chapters:

14

20

Audio:

LPCM Audio French 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

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(aka 'From Frederick to Sarah') ( aka 'From Sarah to Colin')

Bitrate: Episode 3

Bitrate: Episode 4
Blu-ray 2 Episode 3 + 4
 

Carlotta / Kino Lorber

  Episode 3 Episode 4

Disc Size:

49,170,219,692 bytes

Runtime:

1:48:20.827

1:46:16.745

Feature Size:

24,708,441,024 bytes

24,234,271,680 bytes

Video Bitrate:

27.00 Mbps

27.00 Mbps

Chapters:

17

18

Audio:

LPCM Audio French 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -7dB

 

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(aka 'From Colin to Pauline') ( aka 'From Pauline to Emilie') 

Bitrate: Episode 5

Bitrate: Episode 6
Blu-ray 3 Episode 5 + 6
 

Carlotta / Kino Lorber

  Episode 5 Episode 6

Disc Size:

47,329,925,544 bytes

Runtime:

1:29:27.779

 1:40:49.752

Feature Size:

22,150,638,528 bytes

 24,959,312,832 bytes

Video Bitrate:

29.51 Mbps

29.51 Mbps

Chapters:

18

21

Audio:

LPCM Audio French 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

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(aka 'From Emilie to Lucie') ( aka 'From Lucie to Marie')  

Bitrate: Episode 7

Bitrate: Episode 8
Blu-ray 4 Episode 7 + 8
 

Carlotta / Kino Lorber

  Episode 7 Episode 8

Disc Size:

42,614,368,027 bytes

Runtime:

1:38:09.383

1:13:03.462

Feature Size:

24,308,540,352 bytes

18,091,254,720 bytes

Video Bitrate:

29.51 Mbps

29.52 Mbps

Chapters:

17

15

Audio:

LPCM Audio French 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

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(aka 'Out One')

Jacques Rivette's grandest and boldest experiment to date (based on Balzac's L'Histore des Treize) enrages some spectators because it gives them so much to cope with: 255 minutes of improvisation by at least half of the best New Wave actors, edited and arranged so that sometimes it's telling a complex mystery story - about thirteen conspirators, two theatre groups, and a couple of crazed outsiders - while the rest of the time it's telling a realistic story about the same people that deliberately makes no sense at all. Not so much a digest of Rivette's legendary 12-hour version (hardly ever screened, its title is Out 1: Noli Me Tangere) as a ghost and a reworking of some of the same material ('a critique', Rivette himself says), it's a challenging and terrifying journey for all who can bear with it. As Richard Roud put it: 'Cinema will never be the same, and neither will I.'

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

 

Blu-ray 5 Out 1: Spectre (1974)
 

Carlotta / Kino Lorber

Disc Size:

49,668,355,439 bytes

Runtime:

4:24:11.893

Feature Size:

49,161,872,960 bytes

Video Bitrate:

21.95 Mbps

Chapters:

13 X 2

Audio:

LPCM Audio French 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

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Out 1: Spectre TOP vs. Out 1: Noli Me Tangere BOTTOM

 


Directed and conceived by Robert Fischer and Wilfried Reichart

2015 saw the the digital restoration of Jacques Rivette’s magnum opus OUT 1 (1971) and its revival both in theaters and on Blu-ray and DVD. To coincide with this event, filmmakers Robert Fischer and Wilfried Reichart interviewed cast and crew members and revisited some of the film’s most significant locations. THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS: JACQUES RIVETTE’S »OUT 1« REVISITED features first-hand accounts from actors Bulle Ogier, Michael Lonsdale and Hermine Karagheuz, cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn, assistant director Jean-François Stévenin and producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff, but also rare archival interviews with actors Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Michel Delahaye and, most prominently, illuminating statements by director Jacques Rivette himself from two different archival interviews. Original title: LES MYSTÈRES DE PARIS: OUT 1 DE JACQUES RIVETTE REVISITÉ. Language: French with English subtitles.

From Robert Fischer's Fiction Factory website located HERE

 

  

  

Bitrate:

Blu-ray 6 Mysteries of Paris (documentary)

Runtime:

1:49:31.982

Disc Size:

24,390,408,574 bytes

Feature Size:

24,286,728,192 bytes

Video Bitrate:

27.98 Mbps - 1.78:1

Audio:

Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -7dB

 

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