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The Red Balloon [Blu-ray] [1956]

Pascal Lamorisse , Albert Lamorisse    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Pascal Lamorisse
  • Directors: Albert Lamorisse
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GDM31I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Double-bill of short films from French director Albert Lamorisse. In the Oscar-winning 'The Red Balloon' (1955), a young boy finds a red balloon, which becomes his companion, following him through the streets of Paris. Some bullies puncture the balloon but this does not prevent a jubilant ending. Pascal Lamorisse, the director's son, played the lead role. 'White Mane' (1953), set in the Camargue region of France, follows young Folco (Alain Emery)'s attempts to befriend a wild horse that local ranchers have given up trying to capture. But on discovering the boy has managed to tame the horse, the ranchers suddenly have a change of heart.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Fantasy 28 Mar 2010
By Lortzz
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The short support movie at the cinema was 'The Red Balloon'. Taken by my mother, I sat and silently fought not to cry near the end of this wonderful film - at eleven years old, I did not want to be caught crying!
I was enveloped by this frail magic eventually crushed by brief, casual brutality, and only surpassed by the final impossible, overwhelming nirvana. I became the little boy; I found the balloon; I encountered life in a toy; I scampered along the alleys and over the ruins; I was crushed then awesomely uplifted in moments.
Even now, in my sixties, the images can still rouse the tears.
See this. See it when you're feeling reflective and have some quiet time. It will add quality to your life and your outlook. There is much humanity in this encounter. A bonus is the setting: views of the Paris streets - the people - the vehicles; all from the early fifties!
The value of this little masterpiece vastly exceeds its modest cost so, go on. See it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two beautiful films 31 Mar 2010
Despite being of a certain age, I had never seen The Red Balloon before, so seeing such a little gem for the first time was especially pleasurable. I agree with all that the other reviewers said about it about the contents; the colour and clarity in the Blu-ray transfer is wonderful. The disc has a second film 'Crin Blanc' ('White Mane'). This is an earlier film (1953) in black and white, another charming and atmospheric film that I'd never seen - it's set in the Camargue and is the story of a boy who tames a wild stallion called Crin Blanc. Again it's been beautifully restored.

My only slight criticism is that the English subtitles are burnt into the films. For those of us with a smattering of French it would be nice to be able to turn them off, especially for Crin Blanc, as the narrator speaks with such a beautifully clear voice that even I, with my O-level French (from a very long time ago) could follow most of it.

Nevertheless, 100% recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Classic film 4 Sep 2010
If you are as old as me, you may have seen this film when it was released in the cinemas in the 1950's. Like me, you probably enjoyed it as a 'B' movie in support of another main feature film. You may also, like me, have longed for its release on DVD. It gained numerous awards in its day including
* Prix Louis Delluc: Prix Louis Delluc; Albert Lamorisse; 1956.
* Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or du court métrage/Golden Palm; Best Short Film, Albert Lamorisse; 1956.
* Academy Awards: Oscar; Best Writing, Best Original Screenplay, Albert Lamorisse; 1957.
* British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA Award; Special Award, France; 1957.
* National Board of Review: Top Foreign Films; 1957.[5]
* Best Film of the Decade Educational Film Award.
It is also given the highest 4-star rating in Halliwells Film Guide
In my mind, the Blu-ray transfer of this film is better than I saw in the cinema 55 years ago. Although French, it is of international appeal, and has little or no dialogue. Paris street scenes of the fifties have never been better recorded. If you remember this film or just love the classic art of the cinema, I urge you to buy this blu-ray version. The Red Balloon alone is worth every penny. White Mane is a bonus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film 20 Sep 2010
My husband and I saw this film years ago and were so pleased to find it on Amazon but when it came we had to go out and buy a bluerat dvd player to watch it.but it was well worth it..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearbreaking glimpse of 'Old Paris' 19 Mar 2010
By Archie
This is a beautiful transfer of the 1950's classic. The narrative is perhaps a little dated now for us jaded folk but the glimpses of a pre-lapsarian Paris are certainly not. It is worth buying for the glorious colour, the street scenes with the old Paris buses, and so forth, the wet cobbles, the sense of place and of a specific time of day of year, a Proustian recall to those of us old enough to remember Paris as it was then, strongly reccomended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories Revisited 8 Sep 2010
I saw 'The Red Balloon' at a cinema in 1956 when I was 12yrs old & over the years I would always list it as a great favourite of mine when discussing our top ten films. Where to go to get it? Good old Amazon was my obvious choice to look for it, & I wasn't disappointed. They got it to me quickly as promised, plus such a good price. Now the owner of my own copy I'm enjoying it all over again, and its still on that list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful film 11 Mar 2010
I used to watch this film with my grandfather when I was very young, I always watch this movie to think about him and it is a truly beautiful and touching film, a true masterpiece of cinema. The story is simple yet it is far superior to most of the dramatic films coming out of mainstream Hollywood. This film holds a very special place in my heart because of it's simplistic beauty and the memories I associate with it. The transfer in blu ray is stunning and I highly recommend this film to everyone. It really stops and makes you think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adorable Little Movie. 6 Dec 2011
The main feature of this Blu-Ray is the short film The Red Balloon. It is only 35 minutes long, but I loved every minute of it. The film tells the story of a boy and his new-found friend... a large red balloon. Being over 50 years old, I was expecting something a little more dated, but watching it, it's the sort of movie that could have been made last month... it's the very definition of timeless.

There's nothing complicated about the plot. It's sweet and innocent, and just makes you smile the whole way through. Watching it reminded me of the feeling you get while watching a Pixar short. There's little dialogue, but it has no trouble telling its story.

The picture quality looks great for a film of it's age. In some scenes, the picture is so clear you can see the tiny wires pulling the balloon around.

Also included on the disc is another of the director's short films, White Mane, about a boy befriending a wild horse. For what it is, it's far from a bad movie, it just didn't do nearly as much for me as The Red Balloon did. It's safe to say the The Red Balloon is the best of the two.

It's not every day I find a film like this. One that makes my heart smile. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I bought this, having bought it on hearing positive things alone. In the end, this was one purchase I'm really glad I made.
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