The films of Louis de Funès - Available in Region 1

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  1. MichaelPe

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    Attention, fans of French cinema! [​IMG]
    Well, this week I picked up "Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob" on DVD! Other than on the MontrealDVD forums, I hadn't heard any news on when this film was going to be released in Region 1. Suffice to say, I was very surprised to see this on the shelf while browsing DVDs in one of my favorite stores.
    This film, along with a few other Funès classics, were released by LEA Films and distributed by Imavision (exclusively in Quebec). The only online store that I've seen carrying these DVDs is DVDSoon. Right now, they have:
    • Funes: Gendarme et les Gendarmettes, Le(v.f) (1982) $ 16.98 CAD
    • Funes: Gendarme en balade, Le(v.f) (1970) $ 16.98 CAD
    • Funes: Gendarme et les extra-terrestres, Le(v.f) (1978) $ 16.98 CAD
    • Funes: Gendarme se Marie, Le (v.f) (1968) $ 29.98 CAD
    • Funes: Gendarme à New York, Le(v.f) (1965) $ 29.98 CAD
    • Funes: Gendarme de St. Tropez, Le(v.f) (1964) $ 29.98 CAD
    • Funes: Aventures de Rabbi Jacob, Les(v.f) (1973) $ 29.98 CAD
    • Funes: Coffret Gendarme(v.f) (1968) $ 93.98 CAD
    Note: Prices are in Canadian dollars ($1 USD = $1.55 CAD).
    I've been a little busy these last couple of days, so I haven't had the time to check out the quality of "Rabbi Jacob". However, I know that the films are restored and presented in their original aspect ratio (anamorphic), with their original mono soundtracks. Also included are English subtitles, and a few extras (filmographies, photo gallery, quiz, etc).
    Apparently, "Les Uns et les Autres" and "L'aventure c'est l'aventure" are also going to be available from this distributor in the near future.
     
  2. Christian R

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    As DVDSoon does not list any subtitles...are you sure???? I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE these on DVD especially if they are in French (but with subtitles so I can introduce some non-French speaking friends to Louis!!!)
    Can you post the back cover or something like that? I'd really appreciate it.
     
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    No Phantomas?
     
  4. MichaelPe

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    I just took a quick look, and the quality is actually pretty good. I'm not really an expert when it comes to reviewing DVDs, but the transfer looked very clean on my RPTV and my PC. This is definitely a huge improvement over my old pan-and-scan VHS copy. [​IMG]
    The back of the DVD case lists:
    • Digitally restored master (confirmed Anamorphic)
    • Original aspect ratio 1.66:1
    • Original French audio track (Mono)
    • English subtitles (confirmed)
    • Chapter stops
    • Interactive menu
    • "Portrait de Louis de Funès" feature
    • Filmographies
    • Photo gallery
    • Quiz
     
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    Which film is that? Most of de Funes' 60's films were in 2.35:1 scope.
     
  6. Christian R

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    I think you're talking about RABBI JAKOB, right. It's definitely one of Louis BEST films. Guess I'll have to set aside some cash....
     
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    So they ARE anamorphic! Guess I'll be picking up a couple of titles in the next few weeks.
     
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