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(aka "Cléo from 5 to 7" )

 

directed by Agnes Varda
France 1962

 

Agnès Varda's classic CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 manages to successfully capture Paris at the height of the sixties, in this intriguing tale expertly presented in real time about a singer (played to perfection by Corinne Marchand) whose life is in turmoil as she awaits a test result from a biopsy.

As Cléo readies herself to meet with her doctor at 7 o'clock, she meets several friends and strangers while trying to grapple with mortality. The film is noted for its handling of several of the themes of Existentialism, including discussions of mortality, the idea of despair, and leading a meaningful life.

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Theatrical Release: April 11th, 1962 (France)

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 Comparison:

The Criterion Collection (4 By Agnes Varda (Spine # 73)) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Artificial Eye (The Agnes Varda Collection, Volume 1 (Sp) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

1) The Criterion Collection (4 By Agnes Varda Boxset) (Spine # 73)) - Region 1 - NTSC  LEFT

2)  Artificial Eye (The Agnes Varda Collection, Volume 1 (Sp) - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Curzon Artificial Eye' - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Only available, at present, as part of the Curzon / Artificial Eye's 8 disc The Agnès Varda Collection:

Distribution

The Criterion Collection

Region 1 - NTSC

Artificial Eye
Region 0 - PAL
Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:45 1:25:51 1:30:23.833
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

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

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.49 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,395,316,665 bytes

Feature: 22,957,934,592 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

The Criterion Collection (4 By Agnes Varda (Spine # 73))

Bitrate:

Artificial Eye (The Agnes Varda Collection, Volume 1 (Sp)

Bitrate:

 Blu-ray

Audio French (original mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

LPCM Audio French 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English (burned-in) English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Remembrances (2005), a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Varda and actors Corinne Marchand and Antoine Bourseiller (35:56)
• Gallery of paintings by Hans Baldung Grien, whose work inspired the character of Cléo
• Excerpt from a 1993 French television program featuring Madonna and Varda talking about the film (2:24)
• Cléo's Real Path Through Paris (2005), a short film retracing, on a motorcycle, Cléo's steps through
• Les fiancés du pont Macdonald (1961), a short film directed by Varda, featuring some of her new wave
• L’opéra Mouffe (1958), an early short by Varda, with a score by Georges Delerue (16:04)
• Theatrical trailer (2:03)

DVD Release Date:

Chapters

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Memories and Anecdotes (36:00)
• Madonna and Agnes Talk About Cleo (2:24)
• Cleo's Time Lapse Trajectory (9:21)
• Subject of the Engaged (2:56)
• Fiances on the Bridge (4:53)
• Cariatides of Paris (11:38)
• Trailers for other Agnes Varda films from Artificial Eye

DVD Release Date:
Slim Case in a Cardboard Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Curzon Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,395,316,665 bytes

Feature: 22,957,934,592 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• New Interview with Agnes Varda - Recorded exclusively for this release (29:55)
• Memories and Anecdotes (36:07)
• Madonna and Agnes speak about Cleo (2:23)
• Cleo's Time-Lapse Trajectory (9:22)
• Subject of the Engaged (2:56)
• Fiances on the Bridge (4:52)

• Trailer (1:29)
• Cariatides of Paris (11:38)

• Introduction (3:31)

Blu-ray Release Date: December 11th, 2017
Custom
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

  

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B'  Blu-ray - December 2017: Firstly. Curzon / Artificial Eye's 8 Blu-ray disc is on The Agnès Varda Collection set that includes La Pointe Courte, Cleo From 5 To 7, Le Bonheur, L'une Chante, L'autre Pas, Vagabond, Jacquot De Nantes, The Gleaners & and The Beaches Of Agnes.

The original, non-anamorphic, interlaced (out-of-print), 2000 Criterion DVD was in the, odd, 1.55:1 aspect ratio where the new UK Blu-ray is 1.66:1. Criterion did improve the transfer in their 2008 4 By Agnes Varda DVD boxset that was, at the time, 'director approved'. The 1080P is far superior and shows more information in the frame on all 4 edges of the frame. It has a high bitrate has a touch of gloss and  may be a shade brittle but looks solid in-motion - brighter, cleaner and more layered contrast. The Blu-ray gives a far superior presentation.

The audio is in linear PCM (24-bit) in the original French language with no demonstrative effects - but a few crowd scenes - The score is by the iconic Michel Legrand (Castle Keep, La Piscine, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort, A Woman is a Woman, Ice Station Zebra) and has a passive, introspective, tone - that totally suits the film's moods.  It sounds excellent - a subtle, but impacting, part of the viewing experience. The limited dialogue is clear and the Region 'B' Blu-ray has optional English subtitles (see samples below).

There are supplements starting with a new 3.5-minute introduction by Agnes Varda, a new 1/2 hour interview with Agnes Varda - recorded exclusively for this release where she plays with her cat and talks about her recollections of the film. Cariatides of Paris is Varda's 1985 documentary of the caryatids in Paris accompanied by the poetry of Baudelaire and the music of Offenbach. The remaining extras are found on the Criterion's Four by Agnes Varda. Memories and Anecdotes - a 36-minute a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Varda and actors Corinne Marchand and Antoine Bourseiller. There is a 2.5 minute excerpt from a 1993 French television program featuring Madonna and Varda talking about the film plus Cléo's Real Path Through Paris (2005); a 10-minute short film retracing, on a motorcycle, Cléo's steps through Paris. Fiancés on the Bridge is a 5-minute short film directed by Varda, featuring some of her new wave colleagues, with Varda explaining why the film was featured in Cléo. There is also a trailer.

Another favorite Varda film. We have beauty - of wandering the streets, life, people, Corinne Marchand, her outfits... and the overhang of the specter of death. Such a beautiful, simple, human film. Absolute masterpiece. The Blu-ray is so welcome - it's overdo to an English-friendly format. This is certainly another reason to own a region free player for 'A'-restricted audiences - and it continue to encourage a purchase of the entire The Agnès Varda Collection

Gary W. Tooze


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The Criterion Collection (4 By Agnes Varda (Spine # 73)) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Artificial Eye (The Agnes Varda Collection, Volume 1 (Sp) - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 

Curzon Artificial Eye' - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 


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Subtitle Sample

 

1) The Criterion (original) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Curzon Artificial Eye' - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) The Criterion Collection (4 By Agnes Varda Boxset) (Spine # 73)) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2)  Artificial Eye (The Agnes Varda Collection, Volume 1 (Sp) - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Curzon Artificial Eye' - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) The Criterion Collection (4 By Agnes Varda Boxset) (Spine # 73)) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2)  Artificial Eye (The Agnes Varda Collection, Volume 1 (Sp) - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Curzon Artificial Eye' - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) The Criterion Collection (4 By Agnes Varda Boxset) (Spine # 73)) - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2)  Artificial Eye (The Agnes Varda Collection, Volume 1 (Sp) - Region 0 - PAL MIDDLE

3) Curzon Artificial Eye' - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 

 Box Covers

 

 

 

Only available, at present, as part of the Curzon / Artificial Eye's 8 disc The Agnès Varda Collection:

Distribution

The Criterion Collection

Region 1 - NTSC

Artificial Eye
Region 0 - PAL
Curzon Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray



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