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Le Ballon Rouge - Criterion?


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Neil_Duffy

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Posted January 16 2008 - 11:39 AM

I read an article a while back on the criterion website about this title and was under the impression that it was coming in the spring... I have been unable to find out anything about this title on there now, and I was wondering if anyone on here can shed any light on this possible release, thanks.

#2 of 10 OFFLINE   EricSchulz

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Posted January 19 2008 - 08:13 PM

I know this seems pretty obvious, but would this be the original title of what was released here as "The Red Balloon"? If so, I seem to recall seeing a review of a THEATRICAL release this past fall that they raved over. I hope it does get a DVD release here as it was one of my favoite movies as a kid and I would LOVE my niece and nephew to get to experience it!

#3 of 10 OFFLINE   EricSchulz

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Posted January 20 2008 - 04:58 AM

The New Release RSS for Netflix shows "The Red Balloon/White Mane" as a double feature being released on January 22. I checked Amazon and they don't show that DVD but they have the original version that was released on VHS years ago.

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted January 20 2008 - 07:57 AM

It's coming out in April. THE RED BALLOON Newly restored and available for the first time on DVD, Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations. Title: The Red Balloon CAT: CC1746D UPC: 7-15515-02882-0 ISBN: 978-1-60465-030-3 SRP: $14.95 Prebook: 3/25/08 Street date: 4/29/08

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted January 21 2008 - 12:54 AM

Classic film. I watched this a number of times as a kid.

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Posted January 21 2008 - 07:29 AM

I bought from Amazon a DVD of the Red Balloon back in 2003. The picture quality was not very good. Hopefully the new DVD is different. I just did a search on Amazon for "Albert Lamorisse" and it displays the DVD that I have.

#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted January 21 2008 - 05:08 PM

The film was recently restored and had a limited theatrical re-release (including being at Cannes), so it will most assuredly look better now. I've heard through the grapevine that the restored presentation is quite sensational.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted January 24 2008 - 05:19 PM

By the way, Netflix customers can now watch both The Red Balloon and The White Mane for free online as part of the Netflix Instant Viewing program. If the image quality of the stream is any indication the DVD should be excellent. Posted Image

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#9 of 10 OFFLINE   EricSchulz

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Posted January 25 2008 - 12:05 PM

Brandon: Thanks for the tip! I will check it out this weekend.

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Posted January 25 2008 - 02:51 PM

I watched the new dvd that Netflix has for rental only and the transfer is very fine on both. The only extra is the trailer for the theatrical reissue last year. I am assuming the Criterion version will have more extras, but the same transfers.