Jacques Demy on DVD

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#101 Post by Matt » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:09 pm

Knappen wrote:The Pied Piper - the ultimate edition (photographed by me during a spending raid at Gibert Joseph today).
Hey, bonus: new Borsalino special edition!

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#102 Post by Knappen » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:40 pm

The Easter egg of the photo!

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#103 Post by Perkins Cobb » Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:01 pm

Starting to go through the Intégrale now, in chronological order. Couple of questions for anybody (zedz!) who's done the same:

(1) Am I correct in that Demy's short films Musée Grévin (1958) and La mère et l'enfant (1959) are omitted, rather than buried on some disc I haven't gotten to? And if so, any idea why?

(2) Is Ars (1959) flagged improperly for widescreen TVs, or are the counterintuitive settings on my Sherwood player defeating me again? I can't check it on my reliable old DVD/CRT set-up at the moment.

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#104 Post by zedz » Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:39 pm

Perkins Cobb wrote:Starting to go through the Intégrale now, in chronological order. Couple of questions for anybody (zedz!) who's done the same:

(1) Am I correct in that Demy's short films Musée Grévin (1958) and La mère et l'enfant (1959) are omitted, rather than buried on some disc I haven't gotten to? And if so, any idea why?
As far as I know they're not on there - are they extant?
(2) Is Ars (1959) flagged improperly for widescreen TVs, or are the counterintuitive settings on my Sherwood player defeating me again? I can't check it on my reliable old DVD/CRT set-up at the moment.
Pass. I watched mine on a reliable old DVD / CRT set-up as well, but I'll check on my new system and see if I can shed any light on it.

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#105 Post by Perkins Cobb » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:04 am

zedz wrote:
Perkins Cobb wrote:(1) Am I correct in that Demy's short films Musée Grévin (1958) and La mère et l'enfant (1959) are omitted, rather than buried on some disc I haven't gotten to? And if so, any idea why?
As far as I know they're not on there - are they extant?
Beats me, but that would be the most logical explanation: That Agnes tried to find them and couldn't.

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#106 Post by J Wilson » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:08 pm

I just received the Arte blu-ray of Demoiselles de Rochefort, and it looks pretty great at first glance. The packaging bills this as a 2010 2K HD restoration, which includes a DTS 2.0 audio track. The film has always been grainy, and here the grain is retained, but the picture looks brighter and more detailed overall. One small example is the piano sheet music during the "Pair of Twins" number; on the DVD, the title ("Meditations") is smeared; on the BR, it's clearly readable. Curiously, the original white opening titles have been replaced by orange ones in a different font. Not sure why the originals had to be omitted, but they aren't there any longer. The disc includes some of the same extras as the integrale set, such as the Varda docu. I don't have any means to take screen grabs, so can't provide any help there. Overall, it looks to be a great improvement over the most recent DVD. English subtitles ARE included on the film, despite my posting originally that there were no subs.

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#107 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:06 pm

They're playing this film at BAM today - I was debating whether to go or put the money towards a Blu-Ray purchase, so I did a little research and found this review on Amazon's French site:
Sorry for having to post this in English - you wouldn't want to know from my French - but the "reviewer" below who lambasts this transfer should have his eyes or his TV examined. I was not a fan of Ms. Varda's "restoration", which I saw in the cinema and which was a muddy, ugly mess and looked nothing like the IB Technicolor prints of the film (I owned one), and the DVDs based on that "restoration" looked worse.

So, I'm happy to report that this new blu-ray is spectacular and everything it should be. Whatever their source, they did a brilliant job with the transfer, which is sharp, and with color that actually looks like Technicolor, which is what Mr. Demy intended. Do not hesitate to buy this blu-ray - it is a miracle and if you love the film or even like the film, you will be very happy!
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort [Blu-ray]

Screencaps for the Miramax and BFI DVDs can be seen here, while screencaps for the Blu-Ray are here.. The difference is astounding. If Varda did indeed supervise the color timing on the BFI DVD, it certainly backs up the Amazon.fr reviewer's comments.

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#108 Post by domino harvey » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:01 pm

Well, I need that in my life right now

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#109 Post by fdm » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:33 am

Just watched the blu-ray last night, first time I've seen the film. Looks great, sounds pretty great as well. Hard to go wrong with this. (Couldn't do much with the extras, as my region locked player only presented video for the feature and the trailer.)

Looking forward to checking out more Demy in the future. (Up to this point I'd only caught a bit of Umbrellas on tv once while flipping channels, and have been sitting on the Intégrale for a while, so time to dig in.)

Edit: A year later, finally got around to watching the box set, finishing up with the last film last night (last night being 3 June 2012). What a treat this set is. (The dvd version of Young Girls Of Rochefort was indeed pretty bad, so I just fast forwarded through it to refresh my memory (and watched the DVDs extras for the first time instead). Intend to revisit that blu-ray pretty soon. And even moreso now, look forward to seeing some more of these on blu-ray as well, especially Umbrellas Of Cherboug.)

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Re: Jacques Demy on DVD

#110 Post by mistakaninja » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:47 am

Illeana Douglas tweeted yesterday that she was in a studio recording a commentary for Model Shop. The Twilight Time was only released 18 months ago, so I'm assuming this is for a region B release. Indicator?

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