What's more, the rights to the Le Chanois version have now passed from René Chateau to Pathé, who are listing it for future restoration and release in their French-subtitled Classique series alongside Bernard's 1935 film. So, if Criterion continues to use Pathé source material, and if the Eclipse series sells well enough as a whole, we might eventually see an Eclipse release of the Le Chanois version too... who can tell!?Kinsayder wrote:There is a René Chateau 2-DVD edition of the Gabin / Le Chanois version (unsubbed).Forgotten Goldfish wrote:Also still to be released on DVD (unless I'm mistaken?) is the 1958 Le Chanois version with Gabin and Blier in the principal roles.
Well, no, I'm not seriously suggesting that Le Chanois should appear in Eclipse. (The strange rumbling sound you can hear is Truffaut turning in his grave at the very thought.)
Bernard, however, is another matter. I hope the Eclipse release may encourage other companies to consider issuing some of his work. As the present thread abundantly shows, there are far more recently-restored first-rate Bernard films than Eclipse will be able to issue. And it isn't as though Eclipse has picked all the plums, or even all the most marketable items in the list.