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La Regle du Jeu (THE RULES OF THE GAME) - any news?


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Carrol M

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Posted January 06 2003 - 02:43 PM

Any news on this title coming out in 2003?

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#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Matt_P

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Posted January 06 2003 - 02:51 PM

I haven't heard anything. It would certainly be nice to see, though. Renoir's film seems like a prime candidate for a Criterion release....

#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Mark_vdH

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Posted January 07 2003 - 12:33 AM

I e-mailed Criterion concerning this title in November, and Jon Mulvaney replied:

Dear Mark,

THE RULES OF THE GAME is a real possibility for 2003. However,
nothing definite has been determined at this time.

Best,
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I just traded my (pretty good) R2 copy, and hope we'll hear something official from Criterion soon. Posted Image
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#4 of 15 OFFLINE   George Hunka

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Posted January 07 2003 - 01:54 AM

I hope so too. It's a crime that this film -- the only movie to consistently make Sight & Sound's best films of all time list for the past 50 years -- hasn't been given the full-out treatment yet.

I've heard that a restored 35mm print is making the rounds; let's hope this was in preparation for a DVD release.

#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Dave Koch

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Posted January 07 2003 - 05:34 PM

Oh, I am salivating! Posted Image

This is a for-sure must have. Criterion did such a great job with Grand Illusion, I can only imagine what they would do with this one.
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#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Ali B

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Posted January 07 2003 - 09:22 PM

a full restored version is available - from France. Also has a nice documentary on it and both this and the feature have english subs.

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#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Paul_D

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Posted January 07 2003 - 09:56 PM

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R2, France, 29 January 2003 release.[/c]
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#8 of 15 OFFLINE   Mark_vdH

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Posted January 08 2003 - 03:28 AM

That's the version I just traded (on this forum). That version was hard to find for some time, and now it's being re-released, Paul.

The French dvd is not fully restored, Ali. In this case, restored refers to the 1959 reconstruction of the film (link)

Still a good release, even the menus are available in English. I don't really like yellow subtitles though, especiallly on B&W movies.
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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Paul_D

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Posted October 18 2003 - 07:35 AM

What's the latest news on this release?
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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   Mark_vdH

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Posted October 18 2003 - 09:30 AM

Have you read the following thread, Paul:

http://www.hometheat....hreadid=156394

Quote:
New Film Find Changes Rules of the Game

Jean Renoir's classic The Rules of the Game had been slated for release at the end of 2003, but that will change thanks to the discovery this week of a film element previously thought to be lost. Criterion's staff had already spent months on the new high-definition master that was to be at the heart of a two-disc special edition when a French lab finally unearthed the fine-grain master, one generation closer to the original than anything previously available. A similar discovery delayed the release of another Renoir classic, Grand Illusion, intended to be Criterion's first release. Expect The Rules of the Game in early 2004.

from http://www.criterionco.com/asp

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#11 of 15 OFFLINE   Paul_D

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Posted October 18 2003 - 08:47 PM

Posted ImagePosted Image Super!

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#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Brian W.

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Posted October 18 2003 - 11:10 PM

Not quite as super as if they had found the original camera negative, as they did with Grand Illusion, but super nonetheless.

#13 of 15 OFFLINE   Jon Robertson

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Posted October 19 2003 - 02:22 AM

I was under the impression that the camera negative had either disintegrated over time or was destroyed. Presumably, the leap in quality in the fine-grain element was great enough for Criterion to throw out a presumably very costly high-definition digitally restored master, so I'm on tenterhooks waiting for this one!

#14 of 15 OFFLINE   Brian W.

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Posted October 19 2003 - 04:38 PM

Oh, I'm sure it'll be a big improvement. I should be more positive. It's very exciting news.

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:29 AM

If ever there was a movie that wanted to be released by Criterion, this is it. Good timing on the master find! These folks lead charmed lives, it would seem.