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International La Fayette

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by john a hunter, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. john a hunter

    john a hunter Screenwriter

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    The French epic shot in Technirama and released in 70mm Cinerama in some countries,has been given a 2k restoration and is available in France(naturally)on BD.
    It has 5.1 sound but unfortunately, no English subtitles.
    From my distant memory of seeing it in London,first part had subtitles and the second was dubbed.
    Shame no Eng
     
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    I always regret not seeing this film. I first came across it on a family holiday in Ostend in 1962 where it was playing in 70mm. We were all set to see it, being excited about an epic with Jack Hawkins and Orson Welles but discovered it had no English audio or subtitles (we settled for Corman's English friendly "Pit and the Pendulum" instead!). "La Fayette" didn't open in London in Cinerama until 1965 but I somehow missed that showing - I think it only had a very short run. Maybe I'll get this French Blu-ray and brush up on my French!
     
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    On doing some research,it appears that in French sequences they speak French,but when they are supposed to be in America, they speak English .
    I will pick up a copy.
    The only other thing I recall is a very large "Super Technirama 70" logo after the director's credit.
    I hope that has been retained!!
     
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    Played at the London Coliseum Cinerama Theatre 1/10 - 3/7/65

    Movie program.

    lafayette.
     
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    I bought this. Good to see it at long last although I don't think I missed a lot by not seeing it in Cinerama all those years ago. It's a handsomely mounted production with opulent interiors and impressive photography. It's a very talky film but fortunately there is a fair amount of English dialogue throughout. Having French sub-titles is helpful because I find them far easier to read than following the French audio language track.

    Picture quality I thought was fairly good apart from one sequence where clearly inferior elements had been used, Overall though, the color seemed to have a brownish look - there seemed to be no clear whites. There's no overture, intermission or entr'acte (assuming they were in the roadshow version) but it does have exit music. Good to see the Super Technirama 70 logo given such prominence at beginning and end credits. Sound is 5.1 and 2.0 stereo. Music score is uninspiring. Total running time is 142 minutes.
     
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    Will look forward to watching it.
    The sleeve mentions that one sequence had to taken from an IP while the rest is from the ON.That would account for the drop in PQ.

    Does the interview with the director have subtitles or is it only in French?
     
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    The extra is not an interview; it’s an analysis of the film by writer Patrick Glatre. No French sub-titles. Be interested in knowing what you think of the picture quality John.
     
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    Will do so Doug but it will be in about 10 days.
    Glad my memory of the Super Technirama credit was correct after all these years!
     
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