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Jane B. Par Agnès V. / Kung-Fu Master! (aka "Le petit amour") [Blu-ray]
(Agnès Varda, 1988)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Ciné Tamaris
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Jane B. Par Agnès V. Disc Size: 32,525,200,012 bytes
Kung-Fu Master! Disc Size: 32,186,013,808 bytes
Jane B. Par Agnès V. Runtime: 1:38:51.375
Kung-Fu Master! Runtime: 1:20:09.250
Jane B. Par Agnès V. Size: 25,849,430,016 bytes
Kung-Fu Master! Size: 24,092,540,928 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.99 - 34.99 Mbps
Chapters: 15 / 11
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: March 8th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080P / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1063 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1063
kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
•New Interviews with Director Agnès Varda (JBPAV - 21:41, KFM - 25:54)
• Trailers (1:25 + 2:07)
• 16-page liner notes booklet with new essay by Sandy Flitterman-Lewis and text interview with Agnès Varda by Miranda July
Jane B. Par Agnès V.
Description: JANE B. PAR AGNES V.: “ I’ll look at you, but
not at the camera. It could be a trap ”, whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnès Varda’s ear at the start of JANE B.
PAR AGNES V. The director of
CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 and
once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a
marvelously Expressionistic way. “ It’s like an imaginary
bio-pic,” says Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer
(“ Je t’aime … Moi non plus ”), actress (BLOW UP), fashion
icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge
Gainsbourg. As Varda implies, JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V. abandons
the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a
freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy
Jane B. Par Agnès V.: Jane B. is London-born actress and recording star Jane Birkin. Agnes V. is Belgian filmmaker and "grandmother of the New Wave" Agnes Varda. Jane B. Par Agnes V is a cinematic recounting of Birkin's career, from her breakthrough appearance as one of the nude models in Blow-Up to her pinnacle as star of such films as La Femme de Ma Vie (1986). It is also the story of Birkin and Varda's close relationship, made stronger by their mutual admiration and their lifelong fascination with feminist themes. Viewers who prefer straightforward, objective documentaries rather than radicalized film techniques, may not appreciate Jane B. par Agnes V. Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Kung-Fu Master! aka Le petit amour: The film was written
by Ms. Varda, based on a story by Ms. Birkin, who plays Mary Jane, the
mother of two daughters, Lucy and Lou. For reasons she never bothers to
question, Mary Jane falls for Lucy's schoolmate Julien, a delicate-faced
boy who spends his days trying to win the video game called Kung Fu
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Jane B. Par Agnès V. / Kung-Fu Master! come to a package of 2 Blu-rays from CineliciousPics and are from Cine Tamaris' 2014 2K restorations. Both are 1080P in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio from the original 35mm camera negative, overseen by director Varda herself. This Blu-ray image is a solid replication of the original source and they look impressive. But there are a few inconsistencies in Jane B. but they are limited and far in-between. They are a shade thin, pleasing detail, vibrant colors, excellent grain textures and even some desirable depth. In short, with high bitrate transfers, the restorations look excellent.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Jane B. Par Agnès V.
Both films offer DTS-HD Master mono or 2.0 channel tracks in original French (24-bit.) It is not surprising that there is not much in the way of effects but Kung-Fu Master! has a score by Joanna Bruzdowicz - who has done work in many Varda films including Vagabond and The Gleaners & I. Jane B. has snippets of The Doors, Monteverdi, The Yardbirds, Serge Gainsbourg, Cole Porter and others. It all sounds quite appealing with consistent and clear dialgue. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc as confirmed by the back cover.
CineliciousPics add extras to this 2 Blu-ray package. Each disc has a new interview with Agnès Varda discussing the respective production. It's about 48-minutes total running time, for both, in English. There are also 2015 trailers and the package has a 16-page liner notes booklet with new essay by Sandy Flitterman-Lewis and text interview with Varda by Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know.)
February 29th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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