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Brilliant film - dreadful DVD
on 13 March 2004
I saw "Jesus Of Montreal" in the cinema, and bought the VHS cassette as soon as it was released. It is an exceptional film, which definitely repays repeated watching...
However, this DVD is not the way to do so! First off, the back of the box claims that it is "16:9 anamorphic widescreen". Well, it isn't - it is 4:3 full screen. There is a suspicious lack of other technical information on the back of the box - no details of language, sound format or subtitles.
There is only a DD 2.0 French language soundtrack - fair enough, it's a French language film, and I wouldn't want to watch a dubbed version. However, there are *fixed* English subtitles burnt onto the frames of the film, and no DVD subtitle options at all.
Basically, you watch in 4:3 French language with English subtitles - that's your only option. The sound quality isn't bad, but the picture quality is pretty dreadful - I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this is a transfer from the VHS.
Even the chapter points are completely arbitrary - they're in the middle of scenes, rather than at the beginning. Oh, and the menu screen looks like it should be in some modern action film, rather than on an intellectual piece like this.
This DVD is a disgrace - "JoM" deserves much better. Wait until they do it properly...