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The Rules of the Game Blu-ray

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La règle du jeu / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1939 | 106 min | Not rated | Nov 15, 2011

The Rules of the Game (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 4.8 of 54.8
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The Rules of the Game

 (1939)

The Rules of the Game Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Director Jean Renoir's look at bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II follows an assorted cast of characters - the rich and their poor servants - as they interact at a French chateau.

For more about The Rules of the Game and the The Rules of the Game Blu-ray release, see the The Rules of the Game Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély, Odette Talazac, Marcel Dalio, Julien Carette
Director: Jean Renoir

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The Rules of the Game Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The original negative for the film was destroyed during a World War II bombing raid. In 1959, with Jean Renoir's approval, the movie was reconstructed by Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand, resulting in today's renowned 106-minute version. In preparation for the original DVD release of The Rules of the Game, Criterion searched at length for a 35mm fine-grain master processed directly from the negative of Gaborit and Durand's reconstruction, and one was finally located at the French film lab GTC in 2003. This high-definition digital transfer of the fine-grain master was created on a Spirit Datacine. Due to the nature of the reconstruction, which is comprised of elements from various sources, there are noticeable variations in quality; nonetheless, this version is made from the best existing materials. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches, were removed using MTI's DRS both in 2003 and 2011.

Telecine supervisors: Lee Kline, Maria Palazzola.
Telecine colorist: Jean-Marc Moreau/Vdm, Paris."

Once again, Criterion are to be commended for a remarkable presentation of a film that has never ever before looked this good. I've seen The Rules of the Game projected a number of times during the years and owned it on various formats (VHS and DVD), but this is the first time I am completely satisfied with the way it looks. Bravo.

As noted above, because of the nature of the reconstruction there are indeed certain image fluctuations. For example, clarity after Andre's landing suffers (see screencapture #6) and elsewhere color reproduction occasionally appears rather problematic (see screencapture #7 where the blacks are overwhelming). Occasionally, inherited wear and damage are also present. However, detail and contrast levels are surprisingly good. Various close-ups also convey enormously pleasing depth (see screencaptures #1 and 3). Some noise corrections and stabilizations have been performed, but the integrity of the image is very much intact. There are no traces of post-production sharpening either; the rawer sequences, in particular, have not been manipulated. Lastly, it is clear that every effort has been made to stabilize the image as best as possible. All in all, I am pleased and very impressed with the film's transition to Blu-ray. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Rules of the Game Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: French LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The original monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from a 35mm magnetic audio track. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

The French LPCM 1.0 track has a limited dynamic amplitude, but the sound has plenty of depth (check out the scene where Andre crashes Octave's car). The dialog has also been stabilized, and various clicks and pops removed. Background hiss is also not an issue of concern. There are no sync issues or distortions to report in this review either. The English translation is excellent.



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Criterion has revealed their November slate of releases, which confirms the Blu-ray debuts of Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game, Wes Anderson's Rushmore and Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy. Also announced were Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men and ...

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In a recent newsletter, the Criterion Collection revealed that it will be bringing Jean Renoir's 1939 masterpiece The Rules of the Game to Blu-ray. While the exact release date and disc specifications are still unknown, Criterion has confirmed the film as part ...


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