1088 La piscine

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1088 La piscine

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:07 pm

La piscine

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The bright sun of the French Riviera is deceptive in this languorously alluring exercise in slow-burn suspense from thriller specialist Jacques Deray and legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Ten years after their breakup, one of European cinema’s most iconic real-life couples, Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, reunited for this film, bringing a palpable erotic chemistry to their performances as the bronzed and beautiful vacationers whose blissed-out summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur is interrupted by the arrival of an old acquaintance (Maurice Ronet) and his eighteen-year-old daughter (Jane Birkin)—unleashing a gathering tidal wave of sexual tension, jealousy, and sudden violence. A paragon of 1960s modernist cool thanks to effortlessly chic clothes and a loungy Michel Legrand score, La piscine dives deep to reveal sinister undercurrents roiling beneath its seductive surfaces.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The Swimming Pool: “First Love Never Dies,” the English-language version of the film
  • Fifty Years Later, a 2019 documentary by Agnès Vincent-Deray featuring actors Alain Delon and Jane Birkin, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and novelist Jean-Emmanuel Conil
  • New interview with scholar Nick Rees-Roberts on the film’s cinematic and aesthetic legacy
  • Archival footage featuring Delon, Birkin, actors Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet, and director Jacques Deray
  • Alternate ending
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
    PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang

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#2 Post by jazzo » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:38 pm

This looks like a pretty terrific edition, and that's coming form someone who owns the region-free blu-ray out of France from a few years ago.

In a perfect world, I would have loved to have seen this bundled with Guadagnino's remake, A BIGGER SPLASH (which might just be my favourite movie from the last decade), and the "inspired-by" Ozon picture, SWIMMING POOL.

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#3 Post by Rupert Pupkin » Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:19 pm

I wonder if the X4 transfer have already been released somewhere ? it looks like the typical Eclair - color grading (greenish-yellowish) (If the scene HD (also available as a MOV file bigger) from Criterion web site is accurate).
I tended to prefer the old release on Blu-Ray (was it released by StudioCanal or M6 ?- It was a French Blu-Ray which I bought years ago).

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#4 Post by Ribs » Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:32 pm

It was actually released on UHD in France.

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#5 Post by Rupert Pupkin » Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:38 pm

Ribs wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:32 pm
It was actually released on UHD in France.
oh, I see- no combo Blu-Ray vs UHD. Is there a test for this French Blu-Ray ? I would like to see the capture in order to check if the upcoming Criterion transfer will be sourced from the same x4 restoration and color grading.

I had bought this old French Blu-Ray released by M6 (a X2 restoration)

https://caps-a-holic.com/c_list.php?c=4221

I can't see some caps of the new French UHD.

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#6 Post by tenia » Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:20 am

DVD Classik reviewed the BD and UHD. I reviewed the BD for Retro-HD at the times too (but the site is down so the review is unavailable as of now). It doesn't have the Eclair nor Ritrovata look since it's been restored and graded by Hiventy seemingly without using these labs' LUTs.

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#7 Post by _shadow_ » Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:20 am

That cover doesn't hold up to much scrutiny. Did she just knee him in the groin?

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#8 Post by Rupert Pupkin » Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:53 am

tenia wrote:
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:20 am
DVD Classik reviewed the BD and UHD. I reviewed the BD for Retro-HD at the times too (but the site is down so the review is unavailable as of now). It doesn't have the Eclair nor Ritrovata look since it's been restored and graded by Hiventy seemingly without using these labs' LUTs.
good news! thank you! I hope that Retro-HD will be back on line soon and I'll check the caps at dvdclassik.

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#9 Post by Number Forty-Eight » Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:14 am

Yes the UHD looks great. The Criterion will probably also include the same transfer as the french for the english language version.

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#10 Post by Rayon Vert » Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:28 am

How good is this film?

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#11 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:46 am

It's been a while since I've seen it- my memory is that it's solid but not great, enjoyable enough to own.

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#12 Post by domino harvey » Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:51 pm

It's okay. Better than the endless remake, at any rate. I still have the UK Blu-ray and that's good enough for me (though I should have sold it when it was going for beaucoup bux)

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#13 Post by Fred Holywell » Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:08 pm

Good to very good, but not great. One of those films you might hope/expect to be better than it actually is. Maybe it would have been with a different director, like Chabrol. Though it's probably the best thing Jacques Deray ever did.

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1088 La piscine

#14 Post by jazzo » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:58 pm

domino harvey wrote:It's okay. Better than the endless remake, at any rate. I still have the UK Blu-ray and that's good enough for me (though I should have sold it when it was going for beaucoup bux)
As a lover of A BIGGER SPLASH, Domino, I felt that one down in the short ‘n’ curlies.

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#15 Post by Number Forty-Eight » Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:10 am

It's quite dark despite being set in a sunny villa with a swimming pool. It features major actors arguably at their peak.

The 4K scan finally does this film justice (the old 2008 restoration was the pits with overexposed whites blown out).

Of great interest is the english version, which has different takes where the actors speak english, and is edited sightly differently.

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