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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better in Blu, 20 décembre 2013
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Please pardon my American English.
This music has been part of my life for the better part of five decades. I bought the soundtrack LP when I was first learning French in 1966, and heard it so many times I knew what words were coming next. I imported the IVC laserdisc from Japan, which had Japanese subtitles and widescreen. I was disappointed with the subsequent home video releases on laserdisc and DVD, because they cropped the widescreen to Academy Ratio (1.66 to 1). I always felt claustrophobic watching those transfers. The new blu-ray from France, which will soon be released also by StudioCanal in England, has 1.85 to 1 ratio, and allows the film more elbow room, as well as having much crisper detail and color.
The music has been remixed not entirely to my satisfaction. The dialogue has been made louder, and the orchestral music softer. The sound editors seem to have thought of this as film first and musical theatre second. I think that was a mistake, especially in the orchestral interludes. The opening title sequence was capable of a stronger sound transfer.
I have to try and find that Japanese laserdisc. I think it's at my friend's house in Oregon. If I manage to locate it, I will add some comparison to this review. Regardless of the outcome, this blu-ray will not prove an embarrassment to anyone who loves this film.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful restoration of a French masterpiece!, 21 janvier 2014
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I bought this from Amazon France because the UK release is still a few weeks off, and the restoration is absolutely breathtaking! Luckily for us non-French speakers, it comes with English subtitles. But it also has French subtitles, which is great for practicing French!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Mais comment peut-on ne pas aimer?, 2 août 2014
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Palme d'or à Cannes en 1964 , les Parapluies de Cherbourg reste un des plus grand succès de Jacques Demy . Celui qui est considéré comme le maître de la comédie musicale à la française a signé ici un très grand film.

Avec un scénario simple, il nous plonge dans son monde enchanté et enchanteur, mais souvent pessimiste. Il filme ici une histoire d'amour classique: Un garçon aime une fille mais part en la laissant enceinte. Voir Pagnol.

La différence avec la trilogie de Pagnol, c'est qu'ici, l'idylle est brisée par la guerre, et qu'elle finit mal dans un monde qui évolue vers la modernité ( la boutique de parapluies qui se transforme en laverie , la station service flambant neuve... ).

Un amour détruit par la guerre, c'est un thème déjà largement exploité au cinéma. Mais, à la différence d'autres héroïnes placées dans la même situation, Geneviève-Catherine Deneuve (bouleversante, un de ses premiers et plus grands rôles) n'aura pas la patience d'attendre le retour de Guy. Rongée par le doute, poussée par la cupidité maternelle et la peur du qu'en dira-t-on (être mère célibataire -on disait "fille-mère- dans une ville de province, ce n'était pas gagné d'avance, à l'époque...), elle finit par épouser un personnage incolore et inodore et sans saveur, mais riche, gentil, élégant et BCBG. En opposition, Guy va lutter pour se réinsérer dans la vie civile.

Côté Blu ray, la restauration effectuée ici est de toute beauté : image stabilisée et complètement nettoyée, contrastes optimum. Surtout, le rendu des couleurs marque un progrès certain par rapport au DVD. Leur utilisation pour des juxtapositions agressives est encore plus frappant qu'auparavant sans jamais que la saturation sur les décors et les costumes n'agisse sur celle des carnations (qui restent naturelles). Enfin, le grain argentique est suffisamment conservé à l'image, permettant de maintenir la définition à un niveau plus que suffisant.

Quant au son -si important dans ce film-, le Blu-ray propose une version stéréo et une version 5.0 surround aux résultats équivalents et très convaincants. C'est la musique qui est la grande gagnante : il n'y a pas d'ambiances (uniquement quelques bruitages post-synchronisés), les voix étant maintenues en configuration mono (ou frontale pour le 5.0). On repère peu de saturation, aucun souffle ou bruit parasite.

Conclusion: même si on a déjà le DVD, il faut (pour les amoureux de ce film) faire l'acquisition de ce Blu ray.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 RESTAURATION SUPERBE, 18 décembre 2013
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Les cinq étoiles sont pour le transfert.
Je ne peux égaler les commentaires techniques raisonnés de BLURAY.COM(liaisons avec les sites Amazon intéressés)
Veuillez donc vous reporter à l' analyse très favorable sur le site, plus favorable encore que pour LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT.
Un client américain déclare que le transfert est très supérieur à celui de Criterion, opinion très agréable à entendre quand on connaît la dévotion fanatique qu'engendre Criterion.
Après l' augmentation de la TVA sur le livre, avant l' augmentation du taux normal de TVA, quand Amazon subit des attaques politiques,
il serait bon de réfléchir à un nécessaire effort public pour la diffusion de notre patrimoine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Envoutant, 3 août 2014
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Aux commentaires deja exprimes, il y a peu de choses a rajouter. Cependant cette periode des annees 57/58 est speciale pour moi car je faisais mon service militaire en Algerie a cette meme epoque. Ce film m'a donc ramene en arriere.

J'ai beaucoup de plaisir a revoir ce film, cependant je ne pense pas qu'il gagnerai une Palme d'Or a Cannes a notre epoque; les temps ont tellement changes !

Ce qui m'etonne est que, comme Lola, il n'y a pas de generique de FIN !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG [1964] [50th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [UK Release], 23 février 2014
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THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG [1964] [50th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Unforgettable! Two of The Most Enchanting Young leads Ever Captured on Celluloid!

Described by director Jacques Demy as “a film in song”, the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema.

Guy Foucher [Nino Castelnuovo], a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery [Catherine Deneuve: ‘Belle de Jour’], an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, the pair share a passionate night. Geneviève becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant [Marc Michel: Lola].

FILM FACT: The actors' voices were dubbed for the songs in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: Danielle Licari: Geneviève Emery; José Bartel: Guy Foucher; Christiane Legrand: Madame Emery; Georges Blaness: Roland Cassard; Claudine Meunier: Madeleine and Claire Leclerc: Aunt Élise

AWARDS: 1963 Prix Louis-Delluc. Palme d'Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. 1965 Critics' prize for Best Film, by the French Syndicate of Film Critics. Nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film at the 37th Academy Awards held in 1965. Nominated for four more Academy Awards® at the 38th Academy Awards held in 1966, three for Michel Legrand and Jacques Demy, though it did not win any. "Best Song" ("I Will Wait For You"), "Best Original Score," "Best Scoring: Adaptation or Treatment" and "Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen."

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Anne Vernon, Mireille Perrey, Ellen Farner, Nino Castelnuovo, Marc Michel, Jean Champion, Pierre Caden and Jean-Pierre Dorat

Director: Jacques Demy

Producer: Mag Bodard

Screenplay: Jacques Demy

Composer: Michel Legrand

Cinematography: Jean Rabier

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: French: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and French: 2.0 LPCM Stereo

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 93 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 1

Studio: StudioCanal

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Jacques Demy's poignant tale of doomed romanticism, ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ [1964], is rereleased on Blu-ray this month through StudioCanal. Bold and incredibly vibrant, Jacques Demy's reinvention of the film musical arrived just as the genre was on the wane in Hollywood, a testament to its timeless appeal and perennial tale about the fragility of love. Ostensibly a cloyingly twee romantic musical, Jacques Demy's film manages to transcend its saccharine sweet veneer to reveal a genuinely moving tale marooned in a sea of tempered passions, colonial warfare and French class prejudice.

Naïve shop girl Geneviève [Catherine Deneuve] sells umbrellas at her mother's boutique. She's in love with Guy [Nino Castelnuovo], a rugged auto mechanic. Their romance is cut short when Guy is drafted into the Algerian War - with the couple consummating their love on the night of his departure. This night of passion results in Geneviève falling pregnant. Left to cope alone and with Guy's letters becoming increasingly irregular, her mother insists Geneviève marries Roland [Marc Michel], a handsome and well-to-do Parisian jeweller who has long held a torch for her. Torn between her heart and her brain, Geneviève's decision is eventually born out of judicious reasoning rather than romantic optimism, leaving the audience to ponder the authenticity or true love.

Jacques Demy contorts the artificial veneer of studio filmmaking to give preference to the ebb and flow of raw human emotion. His characters seamlessly fall into song and dance, as if it were a natural means of interaction. It's all thanks to Michel Legrand's remarkable score that sees rhymes replace prose as the character's principle form of communication - effectively providing Demy's cast with an avenue in which to express their deepest emotions in a sincere and honest manner. Catherine Deneuve is often filmed looking directly into the camera, implying that we're being projected into her thoughts. Jacques Demy's camera is also impervious to Michel Legrand's lilting melodies, falling under his spell and seemingly enraptured by the majesty of the music.

Combine this free-roaming technique with the use of unseen wheeled platforms to glide characters across the frame and you have a film that feels like we're witnessing a fairy-tale unravel. Whereas most musicals succumb to predictable levity and an obnoxiously jubilant disposition, time and space is orchestrated through the music employed in Jacques Demy's ill-fated love story and we find ourselves occupying an artificial world composed of oscillating scales and time signatures. However, behind the candy-coloured sets, warbled dialogue and the camera's pastoral filter, the posture and poise of the actors is remarkably naturalistic. Both Geneviève and Guy are faced with a very real and fairly common dilemma - to fight for their love against adversity or settle for life's ballet of despondency.

Beneath the jazzy pop and aching strings of Michel Legrand's orchestrations is laid the brutal essence of the couple's dissolution: War separates them, and economics makes their reunion all but impossible. Jacques Demy doesn't bludgeon his audience with the ironies working against the youthful vows of fealty, and he sneaks in some mordant wit, as when Elise informs Guy that her highly eligible nurse [Ellen Farner] is still unmarried: "You know how well behaved she is." Through its poignant finale, a virtual snow-globe scene in a night-time gas station, Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand give their unhappy love story a depth that, beneath the tinsel and Technicolor, only comes with a beating, broken heart.

Despite the film's incredibly cinematic veneer, Geneviève and Guy take the practical option and burden this fanciful narrative with the quandaries of contemporary life. We're forced to question whether there is such a thing as true love, or is it merely a construct formed by society. This cynical philosophy ties in nicely with the ubiquitous feelings of national compunction linked to the unpopularity of the Algerian War – a sentiment that feels pertinent to today's despondent generation. Demy wonderfully captures the ecstasy and infatuation that accompany young love before building to a truly heart-breaking crescendo. ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ is an elegant portrait of young love that swings like a metronome from ecstasy to sorrow.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with a 1080p stunning encoded transfer, Jacques Demy's ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of StudioCanal. The improvements in image depth and clarity are quite dramatic. Close-ups and the night-time footage, some of which is very problematic on various DVD releases, now look very impressive. Shadow definition, in particular, is substantially improved. The most serious improvements, however, are in the area of colour reproduction. As noted in our review of the Cine-Tamaris Video/Arte Video release, large sections of the film now have an entirely different vibe because of the drastic improvements in colour saturation. There are absolutely no traces of compromising graining corrections. Problematic sharpening adjustments also have not been applied. However, I did some direct comparisons with the French release and there are a couple of sequences where light compression artifacts try to sneak in. A good example is the meeting in the jewelry shop. Another good example is the footage from the train station. My feeling is that very few people will spot this during normal playback because they very light, but they are definitely present. Finally, there are no serious stability issues. Also, large damage marks, scratches, debris, cuts, splices, and stains have been carefully removed. (Note: This is a Region-B/2 "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a Multi-region Blu-ray Player in order to view this Blu-ray disc).

Blu-ray Audio Quality – There are two standard audio tracks on this Blu-ray release: French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and French 2.0 LPCM Stereo. For the record, StudioCanal have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. I viewed the film with the 2.0 LPCM track, but you should experiment with both tracks because the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is also very strong, which I preferred. Whichever track you choose, I am convinced that you will be enormously pleased with the depth and clarity of the sound as the improvements are indeed quite dramatic. Additionally, there are important balance improvements that maintain excellent separation between the music and the singing. For the record, there are no pops, cracks, audio dropouts, hiss, or distortions to report in this review.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Virginie Ledoyen on ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ [1080p] [4:00] In this short video interview, actress Virginie Ledoyen (In All Innocence, Farewell, My Queen) discusses ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ and explains how the film has influenced her. In French with optional English subtitles.

Geoff Andrew on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg [SD] [12:00] In this video interview, Geoff Andrew, Head of Film Programme at the BFI National Archive [Southbank in London] and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound, discusses Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and explains how it differs from traditional Hollywood musicals. In English.

Documentary: The World of Jacques Demy [1080p] [88:00] a fantastic documentary film produced by Cine-Tamaris which focuses on the life and legacy of Jacques Demy. The documentary contains clips from archival interviews with Anouk Aimee (Lola), Marc Michel (Lola and Le Trou), director Agnes Varda, Françoise Fabian (3 places pour le 26), Catherine Deneuve, Dominique Sanda (A Room in Town and The Conformist), and Michel Piccoli (Les demoiselles de Rochefort and Belle de jour), amongst others. In French with English subtitles.

Once Upon A Time... ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ [1080p] [52:00] This wonderful 2008 documentary film by Marie Genin and Serge July focuses on the production history of ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ and its timeless appeal. The documentary contains clips from archival interviews with Jacques Demy, composer Michel Legrand, director Agnes Varda, costume designer Jacqueline Moreau, director Bernard Toublanc-Michel (Singapore, Singapore and Evil Pleasure), and Catherine Deneuve, amongst others. The documentary also appears on StudioCanal's release. In English and French with optional English subtitles.

The Restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg [7:00] An in-depth look at the new 2K restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Included here are short comments by Agnes Varda, Rosalie Varda-Demy, director Mathieu Demy, and Thierry Delannoy (from Digimage), as well as before-and-after comparisons. In French with optional English subtitles.

1978 Audio Interview with Catherine Deneuve [67:00] This audio interview with the legendary French actress was recorded at the BFI National Archive [Southbank in London] after the publication of her diaries. Catherine Deneuve discusses her work with director Roman Polanski on Repulsion, her collaboration with the great Luis Bunuel on ‘Belle de jour,’ her first encounter with Jacques Demy and the enormous impact he had on her personal and professional life, her preparation for ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ as well as her work with her late sister Françoise Dorleac on ‘Les demoiselles de Rochefort,’ etc. In English.

Stills Gallery [2:00] A collection of original stills from the film and production photographs. With music. Courtesy of Cine-Tamaris and Agnes Varda.

Original 1963 Trailer [3:00] The Original Theatrical trailer for ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.’ Unrestored. In French with optional English subtitles.

New 2013 Trailer [1080p] [2:00] The Original Theatrical trailer for ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.’ Unrestored. In French with optional English subtitles.

Finally, ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ is delightful, sweet and comes with a fair share of sadness. This StudioCanal Blu-ray restoration is a fitting celebration of the film's big 50th, with video and audio giving the film a whole no breath of HD life for a new audience to enjoy as well as giving the goods to its fan base. The extras really push the boat out and make this an anniversary celebration worth having. But it is remembered as a bold original experiment, and now that it is restored and back in circulation, it can also be remembered as a surprisingly effective film, touching and knowing and, like Catherine Deneuve, ageless. The film looks very beautiful in high-definition and the improvements in the audio department are quite dramatic. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superb Blu-ray, 5 janvier 2014
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Sous-titres anglais for You with little or no knowledge of French!

Excellent Sound + Super Supplements - Def. A Bargain
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great picture and sound. Brilliant restoration., 18 mai 2015
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Great picture and sound. Brilliant restoration. Cheaper than the UK release with French language booklet and the authentic title on the front.
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