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La Règle du jeu [1939] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély, Odette Talazac
  • Directors: Jean Renoir
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KOWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,412 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 M. Stencel on 10 Oct 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I couldn't decide whether to buy this region-2 BFI DVD or to wait for a B region blu-ray (as the only BD editions available are the french one with no subtitles, and Criterion region 1-locked). But I regret now I bought this DVD.

This is without doubt a masterpiece of cinematography, acting and narration, regardless of its age. In its uncensored version presented here, it leaves you speechless and wanting more.

But this release cannot offer you any more actually - very poor contrast, terribly unstable picture and incorrect ratio (looks like 1.78:1 instead of the correct 1.33:1 - and yes, I double-checked the TV settings).

I hope that Criterion edition looks much better than this. Anyway, it's high time to re-release this classic now in remastered HD, as well as other BFI milestones by Cocteau, Ghatak, Dreyer and others!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Taki34 on 17 Sep 2012
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They say at the time of its release in 1939 that Renoir himself once said "I wanted to depict a society dancing on a volcano".........When you watch this almost comedic pre-war gem you will see exactly what he means. It's a film to be lost in.. Soak up in the wit and cynical marvel of the characters..................Not to be missed..
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Nr J. Colton on 9 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
I first viewed this film a few years ago now, then i was amazed and confused by it. i have seen it at least 10 times since and love every viewing. the plot is genius, renoir tackling the subject of different classes. though not dividing them but showing we are all the same, striving for something better and in this case love and lust. it is poigniant, hilarious, sad, dark, i could go on... personally i rate this as the second best film of all time (nothing betters citizan kane but it is the only film that is remotely close).
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
I won't go on about it but I liked this film a lot. It is mostly a comedy about the social mores of the super rich, but it's a really well done piece of observation about different attitudes to adultery and love. I recommend it to anyone who likes well-made old films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
At present this controversial 1939 French Black and White cult classic is only available on BLU RAY in the States. But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers...

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don't confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front - that won't help.

Until such time as someone like the BFI gives "The Rules Of The Game" a REGION B and C release - check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A - before you buy the pricey Criterion issue...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Awaleh on 21 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
here goes. i first watched this christmas 2011. at that point in time i was getting back into french and wanted something new to watch. so a quick wikipedia search on french cinema 'claimed' this is among the best films ever made.

you would think that would be enough to buy a copy, but no - i rented it from my local library instead. i don't want to give the plot away but the there is an epic fight towards the end of the film involving the main characters - truly unmissable.

as regards language learning - on my 1st watch i only grasped maybe 20% of the french using the english subtitles which are 'old VHS style' meaning you can't remove them.

as of 2014 - i still find the french a little difficult (Just,Being,Honest).

BTW hopefully this review will balance out my other one on the most famous/notorious german film ever made.
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2003
Format: DVD
This is the one film that everyone should see, and that everyone should see several times. It is the best film ever made by a very long way, in a different class to the American and British pretenders.
Ostensibly, it is a triangle of love triangles, but it goes so much further. It is dark, funny, moving, deep, complex and incisive. It is a film that is not only essential on DVD, but the only one that makes it essential to own a DVD player - just so you can watch this film over and over.
Yes, it is in French, but don't let that put you off. It could be the only subtitled film you ever see (although you would be missing out on many other fine films, of course). If this were the only film (foreign or otherwise) I were ever allowed to watch for the rest of my life, I would be happy.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By simonphillips01@btinternet.com on 9 Jan 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Renoir's brilliant study of class warfare takes place during a shooting weekend. Protagonists from across the social (and gender) divide fight bitter and deadly battles as they seek to justify their positions and reinforce the jealousies that divide them.
Its wit, subtlety, incredible acting and sharp dialogue make it a classic.
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