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#102 Post by Don Lope de Aguirre » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:54 am

I have just had the misfortune to watch Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus :cry:

He manages to make Catherine Breillat look like a genius! :shock:

You have been warned...

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#103 Post by justeleblanc » Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:01 am

Don Lope de Aguirre wrote:I have just had the misfortune to watch Gainsbourg's Je t'aime moi non plus :cry:

He manages to make Catherine Breillat look like a genius! :shock:

You have been warned...
Breillat is a genius. Are we talking ANATOMY OF HELL or ROMANCE?

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#104 Post by Tommaso » Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:26 am

Breillat may be a genius, but Gainsbourg clearly wasn't, at least not as film director. "je t'aime" is really abysmal in my view. If you must see Gainsbourg on film, get the nice French 2-disc collection of his TV appearances and occasional video clips called "D'autres nouvelles des etoiles". Great music, of course, and especially the older pieces are incredibly stylish. "Ce mortel ennui" looks like a Roxy Music video, only 20 years earlier....

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#105 Post by justeleblanc » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:13 pm

Tommaso wrote:Breillat may be a genius, but Gainsbourg clearly wasn't, at least not as film director. "je t'aime" is really abysmal in my view. If you must see Gainsbourg on film, get the nice French 2-disc collection of his TV appearances and occasional video clips called "D'autres nouvelles des etoiles". Great music, of course, and especially the older pieces are incredibly stylish. "Ce mortel ennui" looks like a Roxy Music video, only 20 years earlier....
Or the TV musical Anna, which is supposed to be quite enjoyable.

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#106 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:12 pm

justeleblanc wrote:Or the TV musical Anna, which is supposed to be quite enjoyable.
It does sound interesing!

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#107 Post by reaky » Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:24 am

Just received the Optimum Jean-Luc Godard Vol. 1 DVD set, and want to make a couple of observations:

The documentary Chambre 12, Hotel De Suede does not appear as listed earlier, nor does the Colin McCabe introduction. Optimum have instead simply included the existing A Bout De Souffle disc - same transfer, same extras.

However, the Alphaville disc is marvellous, with all the features listed, and a wonderful transfer that outdoes the Criterion, to my eyes. One drawback: non-removable subtitles. Passion and Made In USA also look fine. The documentary on the fifth disc on Godard and Karina looks interesting, too.

It's odd that there is uniformity to the set in the design of menus and layout of extras, and the other three films have been remastered, but at the last minute the old A Bout De Souffle seems to have been bunged in.

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#108 Post by justeleblanc » Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:20 am

reaky wrote:bunged in.

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#109 Post by Don Lope de Aguirre » Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:34 am

bunged in
It means to carelessly throw...

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#110 Post by reaky » Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:56 pm

And let's not forget Bernard Bresslaw's role of Bunghit Din in Carry On Up The Khyber.

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#111 Post by filmyfan » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:58 pm

I too was disappointed with the BREATHLESS version on this box set...is the same version as I had already-same menus, everything-it was indeed bunged in...

I see that Volume 2 is now listed as coming out in July-will be interesting to see the extras for that..

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#112 Post by Ovader » Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:48 pm

I e-mailed Optimum to tell them of my disappointment with the Breathless DVD and still waiting for a response. On the Encore DVD the Breathless footage on the Godard, Love, Poetry doc was very good compared to the actual DVD. I just finished watching Passion and noticed a lot of ghosting. I thought it is my player but my other PAL DVDs play fine without the ghosting. Anybody experienced the same thing?

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#113 Post by justeleblanc » Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:38 pm

Ovader wrote:I e-mailed Optimum to tell them of my disappointment with the Breathless DVD and still waiting for a response.
Just wait for the Criterion Breathless, my guess is it will make you happy.

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#114 Post by foggy eyes » Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:54 am

Does anybody know what on earth has happened to Optimum's release of To's Election Vol. 2? There is some confusion about availablity from the usual online retailers, so one must assume that it has been indefinitely postponed.

This long-available Hong Kong release looks superb, mind. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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#115 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:27 pm

foggy eyes wrote:Does anybody know what on earth has happened to Optimum's release of To's Election Vol. 2? There is some confusion about availablity from the usual online retailers, so one must assume that it has been indefinitely postponed.

This long-available Hong Kong release looks superb, mind. Any feedback would be much appreciated.
If you get the HK Special Edition, you will have to add your own thin DVD case -- as this is packaged only in a paper sleeve as part of the notebook that serves as the case (such as it is).

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#116 Post by Joshua Dago » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:01 am

Optimum makes a real miss with these actor boxsets. it gives a huge overlap with a collection that is prominently focussed on director. thus i am not interested in those sets at all.

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#117 Post by filmyfan » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:48 am

Does anyone know what extras are due to appear on the JLG Volume 2 collection ?

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#118 Post by Ovader » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:55 am

filmyfan wrote:Does anyone know what extras are due to appear on the JLG Volume 2 collection ?
Here

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#119 Post by ellipsis7 » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:36 am

SENSO just arrived and on first spin looks quite nice, with a slight brown tint to the colour which seems authentic...

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#120 Post by david hare » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:42 am

ellipsis7 wrote:SENSO just arrived and on first spin looks quite nice, with a slight brown tint to the colour which seems authentic...
I am DYING to hear what you think of this. I've held off ordering in the ludicrous hope that someone would come along with an IB (Techni Italia) print.) Sounds like nobody will.

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#121 Post by ellipsis7 » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:58 am

David - I'm really liking it, the heightened reality and operatic framing of the drama is really gorgeous, and yes the print has a slightly bleached look, but good grain.... Suggests that it may be close to a genuine transfer, but can't be absolutely certain as do not know the original Italian process...

It really is superb - a glorious and heartrending romance turning to tragedy painted against a broad and vivid historical canvas....

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#122 Post by Person » Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:18 pm

DVD Maniacs review of SENSO with their standard tiny screen captures.

It looks quite nice. I'll rent it.

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#123 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:25 pm

DVD Maniacs review of Inland Empire.

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#124 Post by starmanof51 » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:28 pm

davidhare wrote:
ellipsis7 wrote:SENSO just arrived and on first spin looks quite nice, with a slight brown tint to the colour which seems authentic...
I am DYING to hear what you think of this. I've held off ordering in the ludicrous hope that someone would come along with an IB (Techni Italia) print.) Sounds like nobody will.
You should read the customer reviews for it on amazon.co.uk. Pretty scathing, mostly on the subject of cuts.

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Dino Risi on DVD

#125 Post by rohmerin » Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:43 pm

After I Monstri and Il sorpasso, that were available in France, Studio Canal has edited Una vita difficile (the best film I've seen in years) and In nome del popolo italiano.

reviews: Una vita difficile / In nome del popolo italiano

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