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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (DVD + Blu-ray) (1972)

Bulle Ogier , Michael Gothard , Barbet Schroeder    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bulle Ogier, Michael Gothard, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Valérie Lagrange, Jérôme Beauvarlet
  • Directors: Barbet Schroeder
  • Format: Anamorphic, Subtitled, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BFI
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZ6I32
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,901 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

THE VALLEY (Obscured by Clouds) (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Barbet Schroeder

When Viviane (Bulle Ogier), a chic diplomat's wife, meets an intriguing adventurer (Michael Gothard) and his hippy friends in the wilds of Papua New Guinea different worlds collide. The group, led by enigmatic visionary Gaetan (Jean-Pierre Kalfon), convince Viviane to join their expedition in search of a mysterious uncharted Valley.

Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature explores the limits of experience as it journeys into the great unknown accompanied by Pink Floyd's wondrous soundtrack, later released as the album Obscured By Clouds.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Director-approved High Definition transfer from the original negative
  • Original and digitally restored optional endings (Blu-ray only)
  • Original un-restored ending (5 mins, DVD only)
  • Three ethnographic documentary shorts directed by Barbet Schroeder: Le cochon aux patates douces (1971, 8 mins) about the Mapuga tribe's feast of pigs with sweet potatoes; Maquillages (1971, 12 mins) which examines the different types of ceremonial make-up worn by the Mapuga tribe; Sing Sing (1971, 5 mins) on the ceremony of 'Sing Sing' practised by Papua New Guinea's tribes
  • Theatrical trailers for The Valley, More (1969) and Maîtresse (1974)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with rare on-set photographs, newly commissioned essays and director interview

France | 1972 | colour | French language, English subtitles | 105 minutes | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320bps)

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Alternative Footage, Booklet, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: An early film by director Barbet Schroeder, THE VALLEY stars Bulle Ogier as the wife of a diplomat who embarks on a journey through the jungles of New Guinea in order to locate a rarely seen type of bird feather. During the course of her quest, she meets up with a group of free-spirited hippies who are seeking their own personal Shangri-la. She becomes involved in their alternative lifestyle; however, their idea world comes crashing down when they begin to interact with a local native tribe. Future Oscar winner Nestor Almendros' cinematography and the counter-culture attitudes helped make this film a success in art-house theatres. ...The Valley ( La vallée ) ( Obscured by Clouds ) (Blu-Ray)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars obscured by clouds 2 Nov 2011
By Tony
Format:Blu-ray
I first saw this at the Harrow Granada in 1975 and I have been trying to get a copy since videos DVD etc have been available, so finally I got the chance to see it again. did it live up to expectations, well not exactly as it is far slower pace than I remember and perhaps the whole ethos behind the film now seems a bit naive. The biggest disapointment is the end view of the valley this in understated or was I expecting too much. If you are a PF fan it's still a must and the music is used to good affects in parts although there is a bit too much of the music coming over the radio and there are some awful abrupt cuts.

On the whole I am glad I saw it after all this time and I will probably watch it again in the future. I would note that the literature with the DVD is good and the extra sections are also worth watching
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASS 19 Aug 2014
By BigK90
Format:Blu-ray
In my eyes, shroeder is one of the great 60s/70s directors, so snap up anything from this era, a mysterious, interesting travelogue.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the elusive paradise..... 19 Mar 2011
Format:Blu-ray
For those familiar with Papua New Guinea in the 1970's and before, The Valley will evoke
memories of different "lost valleys". The Blu-Ray rendition is brilliant. It captures the people,the setting, the country with detail and colour, not in the DVD or Video. The brooding Pink Floyd themes are there, but overall the sound is that of the scene. Whilst the alternative storyline could lose some viewers,the film is much more, with great brief portraits of the range of influences and motives at play at the time, quests for different valleys.
The quest for the ephemeral beauty of rare protected plumage and and eternal paradise is not a deep dialogue. It does carry the rejoinder we remain tourists engaging with the various cultures through our own transactions and perspectives, never fully engaged. In this context, the film has a respectful engagement with some beautiful ethnographic footage(presented without deep explanation), exchanges and ironies, perhaps meaning to the abrupt ending.
The Valley is a good film, some engaging portraits, worth the journey, if obscured by cloud.
Four stars for me, but possibly only three for those not who cannot engage in the trip.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wot's ... Uh the Deal 18 Feb 2011
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
At last a good quality DVD release of this cult classic film, cult because of the soundtrack by Pink Floyd, the album the preceded Dark Side of the Moon, and recorded in a two week break from recording 'Dark side of the moon' (also available on Amazon).
However I would caution like the film More (available on Amazon and issued a few years back by the BFI) the music is not as prominent as it could be (You probably hear more in the film trailer than the film itsself),The music is often buried very deep in the background.

To the film, we have an excellent transfer of the film, from the original film stock, nicely cleaned up and looking very good on my TV. (I should add that I don't have a Blu Ray player so I am reviewing the DVD and not the Blu Ray) The sound is excellent though it is Mono, and a lot of the spoken word is French (so subtitles are an option). The film itself is slowly paced, and almost has the style of a travelogue, but give it the time and you will feel quite well rewarded in the end, though it is a film of its time, (so dont expect any car chases or explosions). Do expect dream sequences and a number of seemingly strange edits.

Extras are good as well, with an alternative take of the end of the film, approximately 15 minutes of contemporary documentaries, theatrical trailers for 3 Barbet Schroder films, and a large accompanying booklet.
You could also consider this as a bonus disc pack either a DVD with Bonus Blu ray disc or a Bly Ray disc with a Bonus DVD. Either way a great package and good value.
Don't ignore the package because you don't have a Blu ray player Embrace the Blu ray as it will allow for an upgrade later.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Valley 40 years later 20 Feb 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Watching The Valley 40+ years later is an interesting experience. What was then an event one understood only by the guts at the age of 16+ becomes an understanding of life and the quest to understand it in full. I recommend this film for viewers of all ages.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging until the end 30 April 2011
By MelAus
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Perhaps I'm missing something here on a first viewing, but whilst I in the main agree with the other reviews, I was let down at the end.
The movie held attention throughout and like the other reviewers it was hard to get a hold of (or hear) the soundtrack most of the time.
The Bluray is an excellent transfer, but don't expect any difference apart from a subtle video affect with the advertised alternate endings. The story line stays the same. So I guess this was just a little "thingy" that the director wanted to add.

I would have given more stars if I could have left this movie with more of a feeling of it being complete!
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