French movies on DVD?

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  1. Vlad D

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    After seeing Amelie, I remembered some other French movies that I saw, some while in college in French class (I went for the easy A, since I already spoke French [​IMG] ) and some other movies I have since seen.
    Anyway, these films were great and they were all remade. But I think the originals are better. So I am looking for them on DVD but so far no luck. I was hoping you guys could help.
    Cousin, cousine (remake - Cousins with Ted Danson)
    Un moment d'égarement aka One Wild Moment (remake - Blame it on Rio with Michael Caine)
    Mon père ce héros (remake - My Father the Hero with original actor Gerard Depardieu)
    These next two I haven't seen, but my brother saw them while in Switzerland and says they are hilarious.
    Les Visiteurs aka The Visitors(remake - Just Visiting with original actor Jean Reno)
    Taxi don't know anything about this movie other than it was written by Luc Besson.
    If anyone can help, I know the HTF movie aficionados can.
     
  2. ArnaudP

    ArnaudP Stunt Coordinator

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    I have Taxi on DVD but I got it from a canadian etailer. dvd-plus.com
    I really like that movie.
     
  3. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    At one point, Cousin Cousine was on Criterion’s list of upcoming releases. But they quietly removed it from their list. Don’t know what happened. They may be working in the background.

    There is a reasonable amount of films like Shoot the Piano Player, if you care for that kind of thing.
     
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    One French film I would like to have on DVD is L'eté Meurtruer (One Deadly Summer) with the gorgeous Isabelle Adjani. I don't know who has the rights to the film but it was issued on VHS by MCA so it may be with Universal.
     
  5. Dan Lindley

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    I'd buy Danton and La Balance in a second. Ok, split second and add five dollars.
    As for the Visitors, I'm not sure if I didn't come across a review of it and/or the remake at Ebert's part of the Chicago Suntimes website. I always check Amazon.com for reviews, too.
    Dan
    New part:
    And if you like Besson, there are some great ones: Subway and La Femme Nikita. Enjoyed them all. And you'll love Diva if you like those.
    And if French in general turns you on, try Buffet Froid, Dinner Game, La Cage aux Folles I/II, Wages of Fear. Got em, liked em. Diva is my first choice, and I don't even have the new and apparently much better edition (wanna buy the old one, cheap? [​IMG] )
     
  6. Vlad D

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    La Cage aux Folles is a classic and one of my favorites. I love that film. Same with La Femme Nikita. Funny how many of these French films have been remade, but IMO the original French version is always better.

    I checked out Amazon and did find Les Visiteurs. But still no luck with the others, although I did find the American remakes. They probably haven't been released on DVD, at least not region 1.
     
  7. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    La Balance has a really excellent R2 France SE, unfortunately also no English subs except on two of Bob Swaim's early shorts. If you do speak French though, there is a superb interview with Swaim, the anamorphic movie transfer is excellent... Great stuff.
    Ted
     
  8. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    By the way, between R1 & R2 there are tons of French films on DVD including a large number of DVDs from the New Wave directors: Truffaut, Rohmer, Rivette, Chabrol & Godard, as well as older classics from Jean Renoir, Rene Claire, Jean Vigo, etc. etc.

    French films are probably the best represented on DVD besides American films.

    I may have around 150 French language DVDs in my collection.

    Ted
     
  9. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    One last pointer: check out this web site -- while certainly not comprehensive it does have lots of useful info.
    French Films on DVD
    Ted
     
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    Ted, thanks for the info on La Balance. Although I'd buy it in a split second, not having an R2 player is a deterrent.

    zut alors.

    Dan
     
  11. Vlad D

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    Thanks Ted. I'll have to check out those sites you mentioned.
    I also want to echo Dan's sentiments about not having a region free player. [​IMG]
     
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    Well, I'd like to have La Belle Noiseuse on DVD. [​IMG]
    Oh, Emmy! [​IMG]
     
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    If you liked Amelie, you may like The City of Lost Children, also directed by Jean-Paul Jeunet. They aren't the same in tone, but visually, TCLC is very impressive.
     
  14. Vlad D

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    Michael,

    Funny you should mention that. I almost bought The City of Lost Children yesterday. I saw it at Barnes and Noble, and it looked interesting but I didn't want to make a blind purchase. I was going to get feedback from forum members first.
     
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    I anticipate Brotherhood of the Wolf. Sorry, don't know French translation.

    -Bert
     
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  17. Vlad D

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    Is Brotherhood of the Wolf already out? That seems like something I would be interested in.
     
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    Un Pure Formalite is a film starring the great Gerard Depardieu and Roman Polanski that my wife and I rented a few years ago no expecting anything and quite enjoyed. Last time I asked about it on the forum I was told it wasn't a success in France and wasn't out on DVD; given how recent it is I'd hope it would be by now -- anyone know?

    Regards,

    Sean
     
  19. Vlad D

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    I am currently in Canada and I thought I would revive this thread to get some more suggestions of films I should pick up while I'm here (I'm leaving in 2 days).
    I have already picked up Taxi and plan on picking up La Mystérieuse Mademoiselle C , Le Placard and Le Diner de Cons.
    Are there any others that you guys can think of?
     
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    Not too well up on French films in R1, but one which readily springs to mind is Jean Pierre Melville's 1972 heist movie Un Flic which is on Anchor Bay. Among the stars are, surprisingly enough, Michael Conrad (Hill Street Blues) and Richard Crenna (Rambo), plus Catherine Deneuvre and Alain Delon.

    Fabulous.

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    So many films, so little time...
     

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