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  • Actors: John Blythe, Paul Bonifas, Paul Clarus, Jean Dattas, Andre Frere
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Angus MacPhail, J.O.C. Orton, Jules Francois Clermont
  • Format: AC-3, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 1998
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00000G0DM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2005
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I was quite pleasantly surprised by these. They are not Hitchcock masterpieces by any means, but these two French half-hour propaganda films are certainly not the waste of time that some early Hitchcocks turn out to be.
Bon Voyage is an intriguing but ultimately predictable tale of a British pilot helped out of France by a Gestapo agent using him as cover while he mops up resistance in the area, while Aventure Malgache, the more amusing and artful of the two, is a true story of an actor who helped smuggle resistance fighters out of Vichy-controlled Madagascar.
Worth a look for realtively committed Hitchcock fans.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
French Hitch 3 April 2000
By Kenneth T. Rivers - Published on
Few of Alfred Hitchcock's countless fans are aware that he made two French films, both of which are on this video. Having reached the pinnacle of success with movies such as "Rebecca" and "Foreign Correspondent", Hitchcock was the first choice of the British Government and the French Underground to direct "Aventure malgache" (Madagascan Adventure) and "Bon Voyage" in 1944 to help inspire the French freedom fighters. Can propaganda make good entertainment? In the case of Hitchcock, it is better to ask if entertainment can make good propaganda. Hitch's taste for ironic twists and endless surprises made these two films almost useless to the propagandists, but the result certainly is fun to watch. "Aventure malgache" keeps us guessing as a French underground lawyer outwits the gestapo after some loose lips nearly sink the ships. In the superior "Bon Voyage," Hitchcock goes into high gear, showing us the thrilling escape of a British flyer from a POW camp, and his subsequent fall into a snare of Nazi treachery. Fans of the great TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" will especially like these two short French films, which directly led to the TV series format. Unavailable for some 50 years, these movies turn out to be worth the wait -- not necessarily Hitchcock at his very greatest, but definitely rare gems for the fans of the Master of Suspense.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Milestone/Image's DVD 1 Nov. 2004
By Tryavna - Published on
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It's a shame so few movie buffs know about these shorts. They're low-budget affairs and can't compare technically to Hitch's features, but they offer unique rewards for fans of the Master. "Bon Voyage" is especially interesting, with several recognizable Hitchcock touches (like the climax, which anticipates a similar scene in Topaz). Sidenote: The reason that "Bon Voyage" is better than "Aventure Malgache" is probably because it was co-written by Angus MacPhail (of Ealing Studios), who would go on to work with Hitch on The Wrong Man.

The films were restored by the British Film Institute when they were rediscovered in the early 1990s, and the restoration is pretty good considering that they were made cheaply by the British Ministry of Information and shelved for 50 years. "Aventure Malgache" has fared a little better than "Bon Voyage," with less debris and speckling. But neither has any significant damage. In short, the restoration is fine, but it's not going to wow you like the BFI's recent restoration of Michael Powell's "Edge of the World."

The DVD was a very early (1998) release from Milestone/Image. As such, the transfer is OK, but would be better if done today. The image is a little soft and a little dark. Both films appear in the correct aspect ratio, though for some reason "Aventure Malgache" seems to be slightly cropped at the top of the frame. (It's only noticeable on group close-ups.) Considering the obscurity of these films, I doubt anyone will ever release them in better condition, and the flaws aren't significant enough to deter you from buying it. There are no extras whatever (unless you count the liner notes, which do a satisfactory job of contextualizing the films), and the menu is uninspired. But the chaptering is extremely generous.

All in all, this is an expensive disc for what's on offer, so I only recommend it to people who are already fans of Hitchcock. It would've been nice if Milestone had provided more content (this title just begs for a commentary track). But the folks at Milestone and, of course, the BFI are to be praised for getting these rarities into circulation.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Unknown Hitchcock Propaganda Films 27 May 2006
By Movie Mania - Published on
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Recently TCM had a Hitchcock festival and included these two shorts in their American debut.

They were made for the French audience and are in French. They were shot in England but used French exile actors.

The description given by Amazon is very accurate on the plot (they are only about 30 minutes long.)

Wneh viewing, you must remember that they were not made as entertainment but to promote the Allied war effort. Therefore, the story is to service this purpose.

This is a must own for any Hitchcock fans. Or those into war propaganda films. If you are looking for classic British Hitchcock, then look elsewhere.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hitchcock's WWII Propaganda Films 28 May 2012
By ESS - Published on
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Was glad to be able to see these two movies, neither of which I had heard of before. Both were designed to enhance the morale of French nationals, either civilians at home or Free French at war. Both movies are short,in French, and subtitled. Quite frankly, neither is particularly good if compared with Hitchcock's artistic/commercial films, including those, like Shadow of a Doubt, made during WWII. But as propaganda they are quite watchable and effective. Voyage is about WWII in Madagascar, which is something about which I--and I would imagine most others, even those interested in WWII--was totally unfamiliar, and accordingly increases my interest. I consider these films well worth seeing.
Very Good 3 Jan. 2014
By M A - Published on
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A must see if you are a Hitchcock fan. Very nice and interesting to follow, path of a master-Mr. Hitchcock.
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