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Manina, The Lighthouse-Keeper's Daughter aka "The Girl in the Bikini" aka "Manina... La fille sans voile" [Blu-ray]
(Willy Rozier , 1952)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Eureka Video
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 45,214,557,978 bytes
Feature Size: 26,406,912,960 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.23 Mbps
Case: Transparent Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 13th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio French 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
•56 Rue Pigalle (1:27:45 - 1.33:1 / 1080P) - Director Willy Rozier s little-seen noir-melodrama (16.5 Gig)
• Footage of the infamous Rozier-Chalais duel, between director Willy Rozier and film critic François Chalais
• Stills gallery containing rare photos of Bardot taken during the film ' productions
Description: A Parisian student, Gérard Morere, sets off to
recover a lost treasure contained in a sunken Phoenician
ship near an island off the coast of Corsica. With funds
supplied by his fellow students, Gérard convinces a smuggler
named Eric (played by Jess Franco favourite Howard Vernon)
to be his transportation. Whilst diving for the treasure off
the picturesque Lavezzi islands, Gérard gets to know Manina
(Brigitte Bardot), the attractive daughter of the local
In this fluffy comedy-drama, Manina (Brigitte Bardot) is a beautiful young woman who lives with her father, who tends a lighthouse near the ocean. One day, Manina meets two men who are working along the coastline, searching for treasure. Manina becomes infatuated with the younger of the two treasure hunters, and a romance blossoms between the two. In time, Manina must come to the rescue of her new beau when his parter commits an act of betrayal which could cost him his life. Manina, la Fille Sans Voile was one of Bardot's first starring roles; the film was shot in 1952 (when she was just 18), but was little-seen outside France until five years later, after ... And God Created Woman made her an international star. It was shown in America as The Girl In The Bikini and in the UK as The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Manina, the Girl in the Bikini is a 1952 French film directed by
Willy Rozier and starring Brigitte Bardot, Jean-François Calvé and
Howard Vernon. The film is one of Bardot's first film roles, at the age
of 17, and was controversial for the scanty bikinis worn by the young
Bardot in the film, one of the first occasions when a bikini had
appeared in film and when the bikini was still widely considered
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Manina, The Lighthouse-Keeper's Daughter was restored by the CNC and gets a transfer to Blu-ray from Eureka in the UK. It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed-out bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. There is some inconsistency with a couple of sequences showing extensive, frame-specific, damage (see sample below). But most of the presentation in the original 1.66:1 frame can look appealing. Contrast can also waver with some scenes looking grey-brown. Grain textures are strong. This Blu-ray looks solid in-motion with some close-ups showing impressive detail. The weaknesses are a function of the original source and limitations of the restoration. This is the best Manina, The Lighthouse-Keeper's Daughter will, probably, ever look for your home theater though.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Visible Cue Blip.... on the right!
Eureka use a linear PCM mono track at 2304 kbps (24-bit) in the original French. Effects are minimal including nothing in the underwater sequences. The audio is generally clear, and flat but like the video it has some inconsistencies in mild-to-moderate pops. Marcel Bianchi, his only film credit and Jean Yatove (Jour de Fête) did the score. It's fairly light with a few instances of drama. Yatove also does the score for Willy Rozier's 56, rue Pigalle - included on the Blu-ray. That sounds is as, predictably, as rough as the presentation's video although transferred in LPCM (24-bit). There are optional English subtitles on both films and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Eureka include Willy Rozier's 56 Rue Pigalle - a lesser-seen noir-melodrama from the late 40's. It runs 1.5 hours and is transferred in 1080P although the source is quite weak (see captures above - could it have been shot on 16mm). There is also about 5-minutes of footage of the infamous Rozier-Chalais duel, between director Willy Rozier and film critic François Chalais with the director coming out ahead nicking his opponent on the arm. Lastly, is a stills gallery containing rare photos of Bardot taken during the film ' productions.
October 26th, 2017