Need help with Truffaut

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  1. Jeff Adkins

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    I'm wanting to redo my Truffaut collection now that I'm region-free and PAL capable. I've researched several old threads regarding the MK2 releases, so I'm going to outline here what I understand to be the best ones and best methods. If anyone has anything to add or to correct from this, please let me know.
    Une Visite: To the best of my knowledge, this isn't available anywhere.
    Les Mistons (Mischief Makers): I currently own the Fox Lorber version which is paired up with Antoine et Collete. This appears to be included in the Les aventures d'Antoine Doinel box from MK2 in France. I'm assuming that this 5-disc box is a must-have considering how much I love these films.
    Quatre cents coups (400 Blows): Since I'm getting the Doinel box anyway, I'll just go with this version even though Criterion should have their reissue out next year. I do like the commentary on the Fox Lorber release though.
    Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot The Piano Player): I believe I should go again with MK2 on this one. The Fox Lorber version is definitely the worst in their entire Truffaut collection. I believe this is part of a 2-disc set paired with another film (MK2) but I'm having trouble locating it at Cinestore.
    Une histoire d'eau (A Story Of Water): Unavailable to the best of my knowledge.
    Tire au flanc (The Sad Sack): Unavailable to the best of my knowledge.
    Jules et Jim (Jules And Jim): This one I may hold off on since I've heard a Criterion release may be coming. I'm pretty pleased with the Fox Lorber version on this title anyway.
    Antoine et Colette (Antoine and Colette): Is this one available anywhere else besides Fox Lorber?. Surely it is, but I can't find it.
    La Peau douce (The Soft Skin): MK2 on this title.
    Fahrenheit 451: Collector's edition from MK2. I haven't heard anything about a planned Universal reissue in R1.
    La Mariée était en noir (The Bride Wore Black): I'm pleased with my MGM disc of this film.
    Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses): Part of the Doinel box. One of my absolute favorite Truffaut films.
    La Sirène du Mississippi (Mississippi Mermaid): I think the MGM disc of this isn't very good if memory serves me. Unfortunately, I can't find any version in France, so I may be stuck with my MGM for now.
    L' Enfant sauvage (The Wild Child): I'm pleased with the MGM release.
    Domicile conjugal (Bed And Board): Part of the Doinel box.
    Les Deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls): MK2 release available.
    Une belle fille comme moi (Such A Goregous Kid Like Me): Could find no listing anywhere for this one.
    La Nuit américaine (Day For Night): I will hold out for the Warner R1 release in March.
    L' Histoire d'Adèle H.(The Story Of Adle H.): MGM version available but I am unsure of the quality.
    L'Argent de poche (Small Change): MGM version available but I am unsure of the quality.
    Homme qui aimait les femmes (The Man Who Loved Women): MGM version available but I am unsure of the quality.
    La Chambre verte (The Green Room): Could find no listing.
    L'Amour en fuite (Love On The Run): Part of Doinel box
    Le Dernier métro (The Last Metro): Quality version available from MK2
    La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door): Quality version available from MK2.
    Vivement dimanche! (Confidentially Yours): Quality version available from MK2. This may actually be the title that is paired with Tirez sur le pianiste, but I could be mistaken about that. A very underrated film in my opinion.
    OK, if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I plan on getting started on these right away.
    Thanks!
    Jeff
     
  2. Frederic_A

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    Jeff, if you're getting the MK2 doinel box, you don't have to worry about Antoine et Colette - it's included as an extra! And the transfer is pretty decent, if I might add. It's on the baisers volés disc - out of the two, it's the one I currently prefer.
     
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    Yes, Les Mistons is included on the MK2 400 Blows disk and Antoine et Colette is on the Stolen Kisses DVD, both transfers are excellent, Antoine et Colette has a commentary track, I don't remember if Les Mistons has one.
    The Green Room is the only Truffaut feature without a DVD right now.
    Ted
     
  5. Jeff Adkins

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    That's strange since I think MGM released it on VHS.
    Thanks for the info!
    Jeff
     
  6. Ted Todorov

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  7. Vincent Matis

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    Jeff,
    Tirez sur le pianiste, it was part of a 2 DVD box ("Crime") with Vivement Dimanche!
    Cheers,
    Vincent
     
  8. Ali B

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    Basically all of the original 3 boxes are now OOP - it's down to finding stores that still have stock left. This basically amounts to cinestore having a bunch of the 1st box... My advice would be to start with the 12 disc mega box and buy A nuit americane at the same time (which I think is *not* in the mega box despite it being an MK2 disc).

    My approach is to wait until MK2 issues the rest of his films. They will eventually and probably in far better quality than the R1 MGM discs.

    ali
     
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  11. Georgia

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    Well I'm new here so I have a few questions:
    1. I'm planning to buy the 5 DVD box set "L' Amour et les femmes" (I really want a quality release of two english girls especially). Can I still buy it through Amazon.fr with no problems?
    2. Is the French Region 2 release of DAY FOR NIGHT comparable with the upcoming Region 1 release in terms of extras and picture quality? Keeping in mind, I'm in Australia and it would be easier to import region 1 DVDs.
    3. Has there been any word on what the Criterion DVDs ( the Doniel box set, Shoot the Piano player etc) will be like in terms of extras? When is Criterion releasing THE 400 BLOWS?
     
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  13. Georgia

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    Still only speculation? I wish they would make an official announcement-I'd love a Criterion SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER and STOLEN KISSES.


    Doesn't Criterion usually announce their release dates a couple of months in advance? I really want the Criterion edition of the 400 blows as I so far, only have the fox lorber edition.
     
  14. ChristianLiemke

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    OK, here's my list of all Truffaut-movies:


    1954: Une Visite
    No DVD available

    1957: Mistones; Les / Mischief Makers; The
    USA: 24.08.1999 Fox Lorber [1.33:1; includes "Antoine & Collette"-segment out of "L’Amour a vingt ans / Love at Twenty"]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.33:1; Part of the "Les Quatre Cents Coups" MK2-DVD; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1958: Une Histoire d’Eau
    No DVD available

    1959: Les Quatre Cents Coups / The 400 Blows
    USA: Criterion [2.35:1 non-anamorphic; OOP]
    USA: 23.04.2002 [2.35:1 non-anamorphic]
    USA: TBA (2003) Criterion
    UK: 16.02.2002 Tartan [2.35:1 anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [2.35:1 anamorphic; includes short-film "Les Mistones"; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1960: Tirez Sur le Pianiste
    USA: 23.04.2002 Fox Lorber [2.35:1 non-anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [2.35:1 anamorphic; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1961: Tire au Flanc
    No DVD available

    1961: Jules et Jim
    USA: Criterion [2.35:1 non-anamorphic; OOP]
    USA: Fox Lorber [2.35:1 non-anamorphic]
    USA: TBA (2003) Criterion
    UK: 26.08.2002 Tartan [2.35:1 anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [2.35:1 anamorphic; feature and bonus-material with english subs]

    1962: L’Amour a vingt ans / Love at Twenty
    USA: 24.08.1999 Fox Lorber [2.35:1 non-anamorphic; "Antoine & Colette"-segment by Truffaut; includes short-film "Les Mistones"]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [2.35:1 anamorphic; part of the "Baisers volés"-MK2-DVD; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1964: La Peau Douce / Soft Skin; The
    USA: 23.04.2002 Fox Lorber [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]
    UK: 16.12.2002 Tartan [1.66:1 anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; feature and bonus-material with english subs]

    1967: Fahrenheit 451
    USA: Image Entertainemnt [1.85:1 non-anamorphic]
    USA: TBA (2003) Universal
    France: 19.06.2002 MK2 [feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]
    France: 19.06.2002 MK2 ["Coffret Collector": DVD + novel; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1968: Mariee etait en Noir; La / Bride wore Black ; The
    USA: 23.01.2001 MGM [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]

    1968: Baisers volés / Stolen Kisses
    USA: 23.04.2002 Fox Lorber [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; includes "Antoine & Colette"-segment out of "L’Amour a vingt ans / Love at Twenty"; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1969: Sirène du Mississippi; La / Mississippi Mermaid
    USA: 23.01.2001 MGM [2.35:1 non-anamorphic]

    1969: L’Enfant Sauvage / Wild Child; The
    USA: 24.07.2001 MGM [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]

    1970: Domicile Conjugal / Bed and Board
    USA: 23.04.2002 Fox Lorber [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1972: Deux Anglaises et le Continent; Les / Two English Girls
    USA: 01.06.1999 Fox Lorber [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002: MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; feature and bonus material with english subs; restored to it's original length]

    1973: Nuit Americaine; La / Day for Night
    USA: 18.03.2003 Warner Bros.
    France: 04.12.2002 Warner Bros. [1.78:1 anamorphic; 2-DVD Special Edition; feature with subs, no specs for bonus-material]
    Germany: 12.12.2002 Warner Bros. [1.78:1 anamorphic; 1-DVD Edition; feature with english subs, french audio-commentary without subs]

    1973: Une Belle Fille comme moi / Such a Gorgeus Kid Like Me
    No DVD available

    1975: L’Historie d’Adèle H. / Story of Adèle H.; The
    USA: 23.01.2001 MGM

    1976: L’Argent de Poche / Small Change
    USA: 23.01.2001 MGM [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]

    1977: L’Homme qui aimait les Femmes / Man who loved Women; The
    USA: 23.01.2001: MGM

    1978: Chambre verte; La / Green Room ; The
    No DVD available

    1979: L’Amour en Fuite / Love on the Run
    USA: 23.04.2002 Fox Lorber [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]

    1980: Dernier Metro; Le / Last Metro; The
    USA: 25.05.1999 Fox Lorber [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]
    UK: 26.08.2002 Tartan [1.66:1 anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; feature and bonus-material with english subs]

    1981: Femme d’a Cote ; La / Woman next Door; The
    USA: 15.01.2002 Fox Lorber [1.66:1 non-anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; feature and bonus-material wit english subs]

    1983: Vivement Dimanche! / Confidentially Yours / Finally, Sunday
    USA: 23.04.2002 Fox Lorber [1.85:1 non-anamorphic]
    France: 20.02.2002 MK2 [1.66:1 anamorphic; feature with english subs, bonus-material without subs]
     
  15. Ted Todorov

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    Christian,
    Good list, here are my comments -- as I mentioned above in this thread, Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me is out on DVD from R2 Spain (no subtitles and unforetunately P&S).
    The shorts from MK2 -- Les Mistons & Antoine et Colette do have English subtitles and Antoine at Colette in particular has a beautiful (2.35:1 anamorphic) transfer.
    Fahrenheit 451 from MK2 is 1.77:1 anamorphic with French, not English subtitles, as the film is in English. I imagine that most of the extras are in English too, but I'd have to check.
    Ted
     
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    does anybody know a french DVD online store.

    Amazon.fr doesn't seem to list subtitles
     
  17. Ted Todorov

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    anyone have any info about the new HK edition of The 400 Blows? It has a DD 5.1 track, but the aspect ratio is 1.78:1. The OAR should be 2.35:1, so it would be heavily cropped then.
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  19. Ali B

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    Well, it's over 2 years since the last post in this thread and over 5 years since it was first started, and only now has there been a change: Une belle fille comme moi is coming out in the UK (R2 PAL) on 19th Feb from CCD, who have got the rights to the Truffaut titles now (Tartan previously had them but they are now all OOP except the 'best of' set which is available until they run out of stock). There's also a HK version as well, but quality is unknown (it's $12 on Yes Asia).

    Le Chambre Verte is now the only wholly-Truffaut directed feature not on DVD - surely someone must pick this up for release soon?
     
  20. Jay Gregory

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    Presumably the non-Gorgeous Cinema Club titles are ports of the Mk2 releases? And the previously un-translated French supplements are now English friendly?
    Presumably anyone who really wanted these titles bought them years ago; maybe that's why I can't pinpoint any solid info on the 'net this afternoon.
     

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