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Les Enfants Du Paradis - The Restored Edition (2 discs, limited edition packaging) [DVD] [1945]

Marcel Carne    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Marcel Carne
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BFT2AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Voted 'The best French film ever made' by the French Film Academy, Les Enfants Du Paradis is a film of dazzling proportions and following a meticulous restoration now looks and sounds as never before.

Set amidst the glittering theatre world of 19th century Paris, the story revolves around the beautiful and free-spirited courtesan, Garance, and the four men who compete for her affections: a mime-artist, an actor, an aristocrat and a criminal. As the melodrama unfolds, we are treated to one of cinema's greatest love stories, a captivating tale of passion, deception and murder.

Theatre, Love and War: Making Les Enfants du Paradis - a new 55 minute documentary film about the making of Les Enfants Du Paradis and the collaboration of diretor Marcel Carne, writer Jacques Prevert and set designer Alexandre Trauner Once Upon A Time...Les Enfants Du Paradis (52 mins)
The Restoration
Restoration - Before and After Limited Edition Packaging

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time great 12 Feb 2013
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This remains one of the best movies ever made. The restored edition (contrary to the opinion of one reviewer) is a huge improvement on the old, poor-quality version and represents a vastly better viewing experience which is considerably enhanced by the informative documentaries etc. included on the 2nd disc.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique! 8 Jan 2013
By Rough Diamond TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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OK, the 'restoration' isn't perfect, but this set is still the best available option if you want to own this film. And, quite frankly, why wouldn't you? Beautifully scripted, beautifully acted and beautifully directed, this is possibly the most romantic, most uplifting and most French film ever made. There's simply no better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon than to snuggle down on a comfy sofa with this and a large box of chocs. Even if you think 3-hour black and white subtitled films aren't really your thing, especially if they feature extended sequences of mime, all I can say is.. prepare to be astonished! I honestly think it's humanly impossible to watch this film and not absolutely adore it.
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Pathe restoration! 11 Sep 2012
By R.
This release uses the same "remaster" hatchet job that Criterion used! Pathe gave it a complete DNR butt-rape! The image is a waxy, smeared abomination! Avoid at all costs!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the eternal landscape and heartache 20 April 2013
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in my personal 'initial top ten' if there can ever really be such a thing... a film i frequently return to as it was seminal in my personal development with film culture... i bought this version for the extras and again the criterion version also for its alternate extras... others that would also be included in this idea of a topten seminal experience are 'un chant d'amour' 'orphee' 'the innocents' 'letter from an unknown woman' 'vertigo' 'the trial' 'despair' and everything else by rainer werner fassbinder... and the the films of herzog, welles, antonioni, and back to marcel carne's other films and poetic realism from the 30's and onto all the other weavings in film culture...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important cinematic history 28 Nov 2012
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The accompanying DVD explaining the background to the film greatly enhanced the viewing experience. The film is very French and very 1940s but, when you get into it, it is absolutely magnificent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! 11 Feb 2013
By Uccello
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I thought my old VHS tape was good but this is amazing through my blu-ray player. The extras are truly worth a look.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ClassicFrench movies. 9 Dec 2013
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Excellent movie and background information on how it was made in very hard circumstances. The story line is captivating, goes from light and amusing to a deep insight into human predicaments and relationships. A continuing theme of unrequited love and broken hearts while showing the political situation in France at the time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow start - but stick with it.
An amazing film. Beatifully and sensatively filmed; superbly acted and directed. I adore French Movies and this classic is perfect viewing.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Airs
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable restoration of a haunting classic melodrama
Initial impressions were that Les Enfants du Paradis looked and sounded superb. It is hard to believe that this sumptuous and ambitious film was made during the second World War,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cartimand
3.0 out of 5 stars It won't play on the player
I can't play it. I've tried on my machine and I'l try on another. I cannot review it because I haven't seen it.
Published 18 months ago by Wendy Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Enfants Du Paradis
What more could anyone say about this superlative film which has not already been said. It lives up to its immense reputation. It is sublimely acted and directed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by william hebborn
5.0 out of 5 stars hooray!
A cleaned up version is long ovedue and this is terrific. One of the great romantic films of all time. I watched it a lot in an old BBC2 VHS recording. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Elthespo
5.0 out of 5 stars The strength of HOPE
the sheer feeling of beauty and joy that our french friends made such an ode to art and beauty at a time when their beloved country was in the depths of despair and humiliation,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by antoieanach
5.0 out of 5 stars Best French movie ever?
Fantastic acting, marvellous story.
A true classic
One of the films of my life.
Drama, melodrama, beauty, very original story.
Published 22 months ago by Anna la Douce
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