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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Les Combattants" )

 

directed by Thomas Cailley
France 2014

 

A simultaneously light-hearted and slightly dark romantic comedy, the setting of LES COMBATTANTS is not the apocalypse, although it may indeed seem like the coming end of the world to the youth of a town who see no life at home and do not so much head elsewhere for concrete opportunities as drift away. After the death of their father, brothers Manu (Antoine Laurent, FAR FROM MEN) and Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs, VANDAL) are trying to keep the family's construction business afloat and innovate it. Their mother (Brigitte Roüan, LOVE SONGS) would prefer that Arnaud keep his options open but the region's number two recruiter is the army (number one is McDonald's). It's love at first fight - to quote the American release title - when Arnaud finds attracted to Madeleine (Adèle Haenel, WATER LILIES) despite her continued determination to humiliate him after he bit her during a self-defense exercise at an army recruiting presentation he attended for the door prize. An oddly joyless seeming adrenaline junkie, Madeleline plans to enlist in the army with an interest in survivalist tactics. She shows more interest in Arnaud when she discovers that he has a rapport with one of the recruiters (Frédéric Pellegeay, LOVE BITES). Arnaud parcels out what little he has learned of military tactics to her as a means of holding her interests until he learns that she is preparing for the end of the world (from no specific cause whether it's nuclear war, viral infections, or economic calamity). Enrolling with her in a two-week training program, Arnaud proves the more adept and popular while Madeleine proves incapable of being a team player (failing to see the logic of any one soldier throwing themselves over a grenade to absorb its blast). When Arnaud is made one of the team leaders on set of maneuvers and Madeleine defies his orders and humiliates him in front of his team, the two will have to use what survival tactics they picked up to make the journey home in the path of a massive forest fire.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 20 August 2014 (France)

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DVD Comparison:

Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL vs. Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

(Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Artificial Eye

Region 2 - PAL

Strand Releasing
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:34:00 (4% PAL speedup) 1:38:18
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.81:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

 

Artificial Eye

 

Bitrate:

 

Strand Releasing

 

Audio French Dolby Digital 5.1; French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:31)

DVD Release Date: August 10th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.81:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:44)
� Previews

 

DVD Release Date:September 8th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

Both Strand and Artificial Eye discs sport similar high bitrates and the framing is identical (although there might be a slight imperceptible squeeze on the Strand which is 1.81:1 while the AE is exactly 1.85:1). Both sport similar Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks while the AE also has a stereo downmix. The only noticeable difference appears to be the substitution of an English-language title card on the Strand. Both have trailers for the film as extras (while the Strand has previews for other titles as well). The Strand lacks the UK edition's PAL speed-up but either edition should do.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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Report Card:

 

Image:

Draw

Sound:

Draw

Extras: Draw
Menu: Draw

 
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Distribution

Artificial Eye

Region 2 - PAL

Strand Releasing
Region 1 - NTSC

 

 




 

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