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(aka "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs")

 

Directed by Bertrand Blier
France 1978

 

Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere and Carole Laure star in a sweet and funny exploration of love and its shifting configurations. Doting spouse Depardieu attempts to alleviate wife Laure's depression, even if it means opening their marriage up to accommodate school teacher Dewaere—but as it turns out, her preferred bedmate is bullied schoolboy Riton Liebman. With Michel Serrault (La Cage aux Folles) as a concerned neighbor. In the U.S., the movie won the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Picture and then the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, while back home Georges Delerue's score earned the composer his first César Award.

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The lightly mocking title Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez Vos Mouchoirs) sets the tone for this Bertrand Blier-directed amalgam of the sentimental and sardonic. Gérard Depardieu plays an at-wit's-end husband, Raoul, who'll go to any lengths to sexually satisfy his wife, Solange (Carole Laure). Raoul decides that the best thing to cure Solange's boredom would be if she took a lover; thus, he chooses Stéphane (Patrick Dewaere) for the "job." But Stéphane isn't any more successful in arousing Solange than her husband had been. Eventually, it is a 13-year-old boy who quenches Solange's erotic yearnings. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar as well as a French César award for Best Score (by Georges Delerue).

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 11th, 1978

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Review: Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:49:01.743        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,162,653,324 bytes

Feature: 27,188,772,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.0 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1558 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1558 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English (burned-in)
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Cohen Media

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,162,653,324 bytes

Feature: 27,188,772,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.0 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Introduction by Richard Pena (5:06)
•Trailer (1:44)
•Re-Release Trailer (1:28)

Liner Notes Booklet


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 27th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 11

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Cohen Media Blu-ray (August 2019): Cohen Media have transferred Bertrand Blier's Get Out Your Handkerchiefs to Blu-ray. It, uncharacteristically, has burned-in English subtitles. The image quality is decent but has some green-earthy brown infiltration looking thick, a bit dull and passive. It plays well in-motion but isn't the height of the format. I expect the image, transferred on a dual-0layered disc, with a high bitrate is an accurate representation of the provided source.

On their Blu-ray, Cohen Media use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original French language. Dialogue is clean and audible with the film exporting few agressive effects. The score is by Georges Delerue (King of Hearts, The High Commissioner, Silkwood, Mister Johnson, Jules et Jim, The Woman Next Door, The Last Metro, Day For Night) and plays subtly in the background. Cohen Media offer burned-in English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Cohen Media Blu-ray are a little light on the extras with a 5-minute introduction by film-programmer Richard Pena, a trailer and re-release trailer plus the package has an 8-page liner notes leaflet with color photos and credits.

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs is quite amusing and Bertrand Blier does an admirable job in fashioning a splendid, very French, comedy. I enjoyed seeing it on Blu-ray. Fans of the director or Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere and Carole Laure - who are all excellent - should consider indulging at the right price. Yes, I would revisit this. 

Gary Tooze

 


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