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(aka "All's Well" or "Just Great")

 

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/godard.htm

 & Jean-Pierre Gorin
France / Italy 1972

 

In 1967, Jean-Luc Godard capped off nearly a decade of nonstop productivity with the release of Week End, an incendiary piece of filmmaking that easily matched the best of his earlier work. In between the scenes of car crashes, cannibals, and impassioned political monologues, a curious inter-title continued to flash on the screen, trumpeting “the end of cinema.” As it turned out, this statement wasn’t entirely misleading. For much of the moviegoing public, Godard’s output came to halt then and there, even if the man himself never stopped working. While Breathless and Week End have become film school staples and Band of Outsiders and Vivre sa vie have enjoyed recent successful revivals, the films made by Godard post-1967 remain largely untouched by critics and audiences alike.

Excerpt from Beth Gilligan's film review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 28 April 1972

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Criterion Collection - Spine # 275

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow
Region 'B' -
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Runtime 1:35:54 1:35:39.150
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,778,075,801 bytes

Feature: 20,864,059,392 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

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 Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0 192Kbps) LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer
• Letter to Jane (1972), Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s postscript film to Tout va bien
• 1972 video interview excerpt with Jean-Luc Godard
• New video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• A 40-page booklet including essays by film critics and an excerpted interview with Gorin and Godard

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005
Keep Case

Chapters 21

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,778,075,801 bytes

Feature: 20,864,059,392 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps


Edition Details:

Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (1972), Godard and Gorin s 55-minute film analysing the infamous photo of Jane Fonda meeting with the North Vietnamese published shortly after the release of Tout va bien (51:59)
Video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin from 2004 about his work with Godard (27:03)
1972 Vintage footage from the set of the film interviewing Godard (17:56)
Trailer (5:11)
Reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: 48-page full-colour booklet containing English translations for the first time of writing on the film by David Faroult and Godard and Gorin, and a facsimile presentation of the film s original pressbook
 

Transparent Blu-ray case

Blu-ray Release Date: September 25th + October 3rd, 2017

Chapters: 13

 

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray September 17': This is a cool Godard-Gorin title for Arrow to release in 1080P - 'Can ideology survive revolution?' The new 1080P image is brighter, lighter and ha more detail - looking significantly sharper beside the solid Criterion SD transfer. There is a shade less information on the left edge of the frame but more on the top, bottom and much more on the right side of the frame. Colors don't take a dramatic shift but aren't as embellished on the DVD. There is more frequent depth in the HD visuals and it looks very pleasing in-motion.  This is on a dual-layered disc with a a supportive bitrate (about 4X that of the SD.)

 

Audio is transferred via liner PCM 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps (16-bit) in original French and English. There are a few effects in the film but nothing that pushes the track - some will note Eric Charden's Il y'a du soleil sur la France performed by Stone et Charden in Tout Va Bien. There were no flaws I could detect with the audio transfer and there are optional English subtitles on the Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

Nice inclusion in the extras is Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still made in 1972. It's Godard and Gorin's 52-minute film analyzing the infamous photo of Jane Fonda meeting with the North Vietnamese published shortly after the release of Tout va bien. It's kind of a postscript film to Tout va bien directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin and made under the auspices of the Dziga Vertov Group. There is a 2004, 1/2 hour video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin about his work with Godard that many may find interesting. We get 20-minutes of 1972 footage from the set of the film interviewing Godard and I enjoyed watching his cool demeanor and assuredness. There is a trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork and for the first pressing you get a 48-page full-color booklet containing English translations for the first time of writing on the film by David Faroult and Godard and Gorin, and a facsimile presentation of the film's original pressbook.

 

Excellent! I don't believe this is on the Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films, 1968-1971 Blu-ray boxset available in the US (probably because Criterion still has the rights?). So, this is a super one-off that I'm glad to own... great extras - recommended!

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ON THE DVD: This is a very strong release from Criterion. One would expect a package of this quality and scope to be part of Criterion's upper tier, but thankfully it arrives at the lower of the two price points. The transfer exhibits a lot of really nice film grain while supporting solid detail throughout, save for a few soft long shots. The film appears to be free of any significant damage. Colors are very strong as are contrast levels. The image looks much better while in motion than the screen caps indicate. Unfortunately, there are moments where some fairly intrusive edge enhancement is visible (see screen cap #6, left black vertical post). This may cause some frustration for viewers with large displays. In general however it is not an issue for the majority of the film. Audio is clean and without any significant damage or background noise. As always Criterion provides very easy to read and minimally distracting subtitles. Considering the wealth of extras here I still found the 40-page book to be the most informative. As usual, Criterion has created a beautiful DVD package all the way around.  out of  

 - Mark Balson


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