Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#301 Post by david hare » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:45 pm

Trust me, you may have second thoughts about actually drinking the brew from it. Whatever it might be.

But a thousand thanks. I have to know, being the First World obsessive that I am.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#302 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:21 pm

My set from Amazon.fr came through unscathed. I paid extra for express-ish service, maybe that helped?

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#303 Post by Jack Phillips » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:33 pm

The set I ordered from amazon.fr (at the lowest postage price possible) was delivered in immaculate condition. If I remember correctly, the return address was someplace in Indiana . . .

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#304 Post by Zot! » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:03 pm

Jack Phillips wrote:The set I ordered from amazon.fr (at the lowest postage price possible) was delivered in immaculate condition. If I remember correctly, the return address was someplace in Indiana . . .
I'm pretty sure Amazon.Fr want you to return it to them directly. You might be able to refuse the shipment somehow, and chase the shipper, who does have a US point of contact, but I don't know how this will result in a replacement.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#305 Post by Black Hat » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:57 pm

Looks like I was a bit unlucky this time. I don't suppose there's any harm in contacting them about it tho, question is who do I contact and can I write them in English?

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#306 Post by Props55 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:58 pm

Mine arrived last week (Fri. 24) exactly two weeks from order date with standard delivery. A post confirmation e-mail indicated that it should be there by today so it made it with almost a week to spare. Like grisbi the packaging was nothing special (cardboard box supplemented with paper wadding) but was sufficient to prevent any damage other than a very minor corner box bump just over the endpaper illustration of Rohmer with camera to eye. Return address is i-parcel in Indiana but it also has USPS tracking sticker and the upper part of the label has UPS - JFK! All this covers up most of the original amazon-fr label. I'm frankly amazed that it got here in one piece as quickly as it did with all these players involved.

I haven't opened it yet (major holiday kevyip backup due mainly to MoC sales) and have been content to just worship its presence sitting atop the shelf! I really need to clear the decks before cracking this open for serious appraisal and its pristine condition doesn't indicate any immediate need for inspection.

That said I understand the curiosity aroused by the inclusion of these mysterious and vaguely motivated tea-bags! Bravo to Misters Hare and Hansen for their cautious investigation. I certainly wouldn't imbibe!

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#307 Post by AlexHansen » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:03 am

My set arrived today (shade under two weeks from .It). Box is slightly smushed on one bottom corner, but all in all pretty immaculate.

Now to solve the mystery! Both bags are "La Bergamotier", which smells like the bergamot Earl Grey I've sampled in the past. Nothing overly pungent about them, at least not comparable to what David was describing *thankfully; I'm just fine without having had to experience that*. As for taste...not too bad. Not much of a tea drinker so I can't compare, but pretty pleasing. Brewed both bags since they were open. Will happily finish my mug and never give it a 2nd thought. Three and a half stars.

EDIT: I should have said it tasted of nostalgia, regret, and young French women, but alas. Caffeine's given me a headache as well. So I'll dock it a star out of spite.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#308 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:31 pm


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#309 Post by Props55 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:39 pm

Still in idol worship mode with the huge Rohmer boxset, i.e. in shrinkwrap on the alter with incense burning. [-o<

I see I have 10 euros credit at Amazon fr according to my account page due to the above purchase. Anyone have any recomendations for titles not available in US or UK editions? I'd be especially interested in any English friendly Rivette or perhaps French silents. I recently saw the MoC L'ARGENT so some L'Herbier would be welcome. Any suggestions?

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#310 Post by Oedipax » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:15 pm

The new bluray of Raymond Bernard's Les misérables is excellent and English-friendly.

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#311 Post by artfilmfan » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:28 pm

So, Alex drank the tea and had a headache. Now we know why in the picture that came with the tea bag, Maud and Trintignant put their hand over their forehead :)

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#312 Post by Zot! » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:59 pm

Props55 wrote:I see I have 10 euros credit at Amazon fr according to my account page due to the above purchase. Anyone have any recomendations for titles not available in US or UK editions? I'd be especially interested in any English friendly Rivette or perhaps French silents. I recently saw the MoC L'ARGENT so some L'Herbier would be welcome. Any suggestions?
Why do you have a account credit? Might I recommend the Pialat Blu-Rays, and especially the integrale Jacques Rozier set, which is a wonderful companion to the Rohmer set. Also the afformentioned Varda set looks ace.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#313 Post by domino harvey » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:06 pm

The Rozier set, absolutely

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#314 Post by Props55 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:51 pm

Thanks to all of you for the recommendations but a closer look at the link to the promotional credit reveals that it's mostly restricted to big boxsets of American TV shows! I recall the positive discussion up-thread about the Varda set and the thought of Bernard's LES MISERABLES in HD is tantalising but the choices are virtually devoid of actual French content! The most interesting options look to be the Wild Side RED RIVER (with short version in SD!) and NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (much the same as the Crit) but since my French is so non-existant those gorgeous Garnier coffee-table books would be wasted. I'm guessing these sets would be much like those in the "Boxset Porn" photos David posted a few pages back on GUN CRAZY.

Again, thanks all.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#315 Post by FerdinandGriffon » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:22 pm

Drat. My box just arrived, and one of the top side edges is completely split... A bump or a slightly scratched disc I would have been ok with, but this is a little much. What's the best/least costly way to get a replacement?

Sad, because I really can't wait to crack this open (though figuratively, not literally)!

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#316 Post by Zot! » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:52 am

FerdinandGriffon wrote:Drat. My box just arrived, and one of the top side edges is completely split... A bump or a slightly scratched disc I would have been ok with, but this is a little much. What's the best/least costly way to get a replacement?

Sad, because I really can't wait to crack this open (though figuratively, not literally)!
Amazon? I had the same trouble. I don't know if you can win this one. They will send you a free replacement (with the same crap packing job) and refund a portion of your return shipping, but it will cost you dearly to return yours. You may want to contact the shipping broker they use and ask them...I forgot their name, but they have US offices.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#317 Post by FerdinandGriffon » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:21 am

Actually, miracle of miracles, they just got back to me to say that a new set was on its way and that I could print out a prepaid label to cover the shipping of the return. Now I just have to hope the second copy arrives in better shape!

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#318 Post by Zot! » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:40 am

FerdinandGriffon wrote:Actually, miracle of miracles, they just got back to me to say that a new set was on its way and that I could print out a prepaid label to cover the shipping of the return. Now I just have to hope the second copy arrives in better shape!
I hope you're right, but I think the pre-paid label would only work in France.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#319 Post by TMDaines » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:48 am

If you had to ship it back manually and you kicked up a fuss, they'll always give back the money to cover the full shipping charges once you've told them that their automatic reimbursement amount wasn't enough.

I'm always surprised that they don't have a scheme yet to allow you to return your item to the Amazon store in your country, although they probably don't lose out too much as very people know their rights when it comes to being a consumer.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#320 Post by zedz » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:37 pm

I've only rarely bothered with returning stuff, and with Amazon they'll often tell me not to bother returning the faulty / damaged copy once they realize I'm overseas (though it can take a bit of back and forth to make this fact sink in!). On the occasions that they have insisted on me returning the damaged item, they've always reimbursed the full shipping cost, but sometimes only after even more back and forth to explain that their prepaid label won't be accepted at overseas post offices, and that the postage costs might be exorbitant. (Sometimes it's at that final point that they end up saying, "oh, then just keep it.")

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#321 Post by FerdinandGriffon » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:06 am

The new set arrived this morning with a little more wadding, a "Fragile" sticker, and no visible damage. Wonderful. The old set is in the mail and shipping costs will apparently be refunded when it arrives (the prepaid label did not work).

Now I have to decide where to begin watching. Do any of the supplements have subtitles?

My print is for Love in the Afternoon, probably my least favorite Rohmer film, so if anyone would like to trade, PM me. Do all the sets come with a Claire's Knee poster? An odd choice.

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#322 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:43 am

FerdinandGriffon wrote: Do any of the supplements have subtitles?
No. Unless there is something I missed.

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#323 Post by Zot! » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:43 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:
FerdinandGriffon wrote: Do any of the supplements have subtitles?
No. Unless there is something I missed.
No nothing, including 2 entire discs (Rosette and Rohmer's Workshop). And Claire's Knee poster comes with all of them. I'm still working my way through this set slowly, the Autumn tale transfer is a stunner!

Also there is a brief glitch in Mayor, Mediatheque, etc... where a few frames are repeated. Otherwise I am still thrilled, and stroke it lovingly every day.

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Re: Eric Rohmer on DVD and BD

#324 Post by furbicide » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:14 am

Just ordered my set from Amazon yesterday. Fingers crossed that it makes it to Australia undamaged. Do you think they've learned from the issues and taken extra care with the packaging, or is it just a trial and error thing?

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#325 Post by foe » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:08 pm

For those who still haven't bought the set - it won't be cheaper I guess.

I bought mine a week ago, it took 5 days to deliver to England. Unfortunately it wasn't packed by a sensible human being (put inside a huge box with a piece of paper scattered next to) which resulted in 2 small dents. On top of that the cover is scratched ](*,) Due to the fact that now amazon.es doesn't want to send the replacement and the only option I can go for is a refund after sending the box set back to them I decided to keep it. I suppose it won't be very original if I rave about the transfers (although only 2 movies seen so far) and moan about ridiculously irritating digipak-style cases now.

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