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Jour de fête (DVD and Blu-ray)

Jacques Tati    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Jacques Tati
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00911MH2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,695 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A film by Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati's award-winning feature début - a dazzling blend of satire and slapstick is early evidence of his unique talent. Acclaimed by international critics as an innovative comic masterpiece, Jour de fête is an hilarious exposé of the modern obsession with speed and efficiency, set amidst the rural surroundings of a tiny French village. Tati plays an appealingly self-deluded buffoon a postman who, impressed by the bristling efficiency of the American postal system, makes a wholly misguided attempt to introduce modern methods in the depths of rural France. Initially released in black and white, but also shot in Thomsoncolor, an untested colour process, the film has been restored and is finally available in its original delicate colour.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition.
  • Jour de fête (1964 version).
  • Soigne ton gauche (René Clément, 1936, 12 mins, DVD only): Tati stars as a farmhand in this boxing comedy.
  • L ecole des facteurs (Jacques Tati, 1947, 13 mins, DVD only): The first short directed by Tati which was later expanded to become Jour de fête.
  • Cours de soir (Nicholas Ribowski, 1967, 27 mins, DVD only): Tati stars as a teacher of mine in an evening class.
  • Jour de fête trailer (DVD only)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with film notes and credits.

Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM audio TBC

Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL /Dolby Digital audio TBC

France / 1949 / colour / French with English subtitles / ratio 1.33:1

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Even though it hasn't been seen in the version originally released in cinemas in 1949 for years, Jacques Tati's Jour de Fete is still one of the most truly delightful comedies ever made. Expanded from his marvellous short film Ecole des Facteurs, made two years earlier, the majority of the film is a beautifully observed comedy about the foibles of a small village as it gets ready for and enjoys its annual Bastille Day fair. There's not much plot, just a series of little vignettes - trying to raise a flagpole, an unspoken flirtation between the merry-go-round man and a local girl under the watchful eye of his wife, a jukebox that won't work, paint that won't dry - while a crookbacked old goose woman passes the odd comment. Yet it's filled with beautiful sight gags, with the whole town, its animals and even balloons and bicycles seeming to conspire with the filmmaker with their uncanny comic timing. With his lanky frame and baggy pants, Tati gets great comic mileage out of his bicycle in particular, whether he's trying to make his way home after a few too many or trying to show the village that he can be just as speedy and efficient at his job as the American postmen in a newsreel. Sweet without being sickly, good natured without being twee, it benefits from Tati's great eye both for visual composition and small details like the girls limping home at the end of the day without losing sight of the bigger picture, opening and closing with perfect symmetry as a child skips after the truck carrying the Merry-Go-Round horses, first as it moves towards the village and finally as it departs to the accompaniment of Jean Yatove's charming score. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good release 3 Nov 2012
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Here, we have Jacques Tati's first feature film (intended to be the first French colour feature, although it didn't quite work out like this) and several extras. Presented here is the restored colour version of the original film. This falls slightly short of the perfection and class of Tati's later efforts (Les Vacances, Mon Oncle and Playtime), but has plenty of clever jokes, several stunts, and is amazingly atmospheric, showing a France that could have existed for ever. This is presented in HD and looks as good as it's going to (I saw it in the cinema and it looked slightly pixellated then--Technicolor it isn't).

The enclosed booklet explains the problems with making a colour print, and why it couldn't be done until the 1990s.

We also have a crisp transfer of the stencil-coloured 1964 version, where Tati added a painter to give an additional, English commentary (and obviate the need for subtitles). I like this version of the film. I was intrigued to see if it matched the BFI VHS of the 1990s. Bizarrely, that VHS version has the same painter, but lacks the overdubbed English commentary and has subtitles. The VHS version therefore remains unissued on disc, and no reference is made to it in the booklet in this package. Having said that, I think the version presented is superior for Anglophone audiences, and should be visually identical.

Included is the BFI's former Tati Shorts VHS, the three films Soigne ton Gauche (reissue print), L'Ecole des Facteurs (the template for Jour de Fete) and Playtime-era Cours du Soir. It is disappointing that fresh transfers in HD have not been made of these films, and they appear on the DVD only (not the Blu-Ray). Quality of these items is adequate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars jour de fete blu-ray/dvd dual format 7 Nov 2012
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the previous reviewer summed it up perfectly all i can add is that if you have this already on dvd it may not be worth the upgrade to blu-ray unless you are a Tati nut and have to have everything as the picture quality in both versions is not a patch on the other three BFI Tati collection releases
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