Jean de Florette - which is the best version?

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  1. Jeff Ulmer

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    The R1 sucks, but I think there is an anamorphic R2 that is supposed to be good, but does it have English subtitles?

    I'd also be interested in Manon des Sources.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Thane

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    I have both from the UK and they are anamorphic w/ subtitles. I'm very pleased with them! I don't know how they compare to the U.S. nonanamorphic versions as I haven't seen those.
     
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    I'm very interested too. I, uhm, do have the R1 versions :b [​IMG].
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    It's done! I ordered my first set of R2 DVDs (Benson's World):
    Richard III (Olivier)
    Jean De Florette
    Manon Des Sources
    Peter's Friends
    Cyrano De Bergerac
    Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1982)
    Dad`s Army - The Very Best Of Dad`s Army
    I don't have a player yet, but I'll start playing them on one of my PC's (both have Matrox Dual Head cards).
    When possible, I'll give you my impression of the differences between JdF and MdS: R1 versus R2!
    Cees
     
  5. Ted Todorov

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    Ted,

    Yes, that's the Rappeneau version (starring Dépardieu). And no, you're right again: it's "4:3". But Benson's didn't sell the French version, and I needed a subtitled version in my house anyway.

    I will in the end be buying an anamorphic version, but I'm still deciding where (I may just have found a good e-tailer, but I'm not sure yet). This French version doesn't seem to have a pristine transfer, though (too much compression?).

    Cees
     
  7. Jay Blair

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    Jean De Florette

    Manon Des Sources

    I had the R1 versions of both and have replaced them with the British R2 versions. Haven't watched Jean De Florette all the way through yet for the R2 version, but I can confirm that the R2 versions have English subtitles and are anamorphic widescreen, and much superior to the R1 DVDs as far as I've watched. If you have a player that does proper PAL to NTSC conversion, these two discs are highly recommended. Also picked mine up from Besonsworld (they get virtually all my R2 DVD orders from England--they are the only vendor over there that has yet to screw up an order).
     
  8. Enrique B Chamorro

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    Is there an Aussie version of Florette & Manon planned?
     
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  10. Cees Alons

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    HA!
    Received my package today. Luck is with the dumb and innocent [​IMG]...
    Cyrano de Bergerac, the Rappeneau version I ordered, is by Tartan Video and according to the case: Widescreen and OAR! French with English subtitles. And it's region code "0"!! (Don't forget it's PAL.)
    I haven't opened it yet, but I'll let you know if anything unusual comes up.
    BTW Richard III appears to be 4:3, and I'm still not fully convinced that's the OAR (and I cannot really trust my memory on this, I was 14 when I saw it in the cinema).
    Cees
     
  11. Doug Gordon

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    I received a copy of Cyrano de Bergerac (Rappeneau version) yesterday from Amazon.ca. It's region 1, ntsc, and widescreen 1.66:1 (OAR?). It has optional english subtitles. Looks pretty good.
     
  12. Ted Todorov

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  13. Doug Gordon

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    Yep. 16:9 enhanced.
     
  14. Doug Gordon

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    Following up my own post regarding Cyrano. I realized last night as I was watching the dvd on my projector that the subtitles aren't available in 16:9 mode. They came up fine on my 4:3 television, but when I palyed it 16:9 on my projector no subs. I tried it on a couple of players and no subtitles in 16:9 mode.

    Doug
     

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