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110 of 119 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved translation to DVD
Released in 1995, 'La Haine' (hate) was an immediate box-office success in France, and achieved critical acclaim winning the Best Director Award at Cannes for Mathieu Kassovitz, then in his late twenties. Kassovitz comes from a family of film makers, and had already established himself as both a promising actor and director.
The film captures the rigid emptiness of...
Published on 14 Jun. 2005 by Budge Burgess

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3.0 out of 5 stars Does not make the best translation to DVD
Released in 1995, 'La Haine' (hate) was an immediate box-office success in France, and achieved critical acclaim winning the Best Director Award at Cannes for Mathieu Kassovitz, then in his late twenties. Kassovitz comes from a family of film makers, and had already established himself as both a promising actor and director.
The film captures the rigid emptiness of...
Published on 14 Jun. 2005 by Budge Burgess


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3.0 out of 5 stars Review for La Haine, 16 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: La Haine (Special Edition) [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Brought this for school. It arrived on time and does what it needed to
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy subtitles, 25 Jan. 2004
This review is from: La Haine [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
I have nothing to add to any of the other reviews, it is one of the best films I have seen, but the DVD I bought is TERRIBLY SUBTITLED! It is an american-english translation which rather than being in the black 'letter box' is on the picture itself. As it is a B+W film this means that whole chunks of dialogue are missing. I have seen the film so many times i scarcely read the subtitles now but FIRTST TIME VIEWERS BEWARE!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably brilliant but ruined by subtitle stupidity, 5 Mar. 2004
This review is from: La Haine [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
I have to agree with Des from London. The stupidity of putting white subtitles over a black and white film is astonishing. Its fine over the black bits and incredibly frustrating over the white bits. This film is pretty well unwatchable for non fluent French speakers because of the subtitles incompetence. It's a real shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Aug. 2014
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Michael Bell (GLASGOW SCOTLAND/OVERSEAS DELIVERY) - See all my reviews
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Happy with this edition 3 disks,

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles make this DVD unwatchable, 8 May 2004
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This review is from: La Haine [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Having never before written a review, I'd just like to post this to stress how this dvd really is unwatchable, it is impossible to read the subtitles. So unless you are a fluent in french, forget it..
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great film - totally unwatchable, 13 Aug. 2004
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This review is from: La Haine [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
How pleased i was when this film was released on DVD. having seen it at the cinema, i thought it was an emotive, powerful film. However, when recieving this purchase and watching it, it soon became clear that some bright spark had put white subtitles on a black and white film. Honestly, it renders the film totally unwatchable, though if you speak french, you will be fine. What a shame. A must see film, but a must avoid buying.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly poor subtitles. Unusable for English Speakers, 2 Feb. 2004
This review is from: La Haine [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Film looked very good, especially last half hour. But the SUBTILES BEGGAR BELIEF. They make this UNWATCHABLE, and therefore unbuyable.

Luckily I was watching it with a native French speaker so knew that even the basic translation was dreadful . Even the usually derided "direct translation into plain English" would have been much better and truer. Instead the translation appears to have been aimed at 14 year old "mall rats" in the US trying to imagine how an LA "gansta" speaks.

This might have been almost funny if not for the fact that most of the film is in black and white, with lots of bleached out white and ......the subtitles are all in white ! I kid you not, WHITE WRITING ON A WHITE BACKGROUND. You spend most of the film hoping somebody in dark clothes or with dark skin will fill the frame so one can read something.

The film seemed worth a look but wait for another version, the one with the "call me crazy - readable lettering remix". Hopefully the distributors will hang their heads in shame and "never subtitle in this town again" !
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Avec des Frites, 7 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: La Haine [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
La Haine focuses upon the lives of three young Frenchmen who live in a housing project on the outskirts of Paris. The drama takes place in the aftermath of an urban riot, in which much looting and burning of property has taken place, and in a context where tensions between the police force and the local youths are running high. Those who witnessed Britain's summer riots of 2011 will have basically seen the setting of La Haine acted out in real life. This makes the film, made in 1995, look and feel at least ten years ahead of its time.

In terms of cinematic influences, La Haine wears its Scorsese on its sleeve, but it also thankfully lacks the kind of voyeuristic sadism which marks too much of that director's work. In other words, the film is not nearly so violent, nor so brutal, as it is sometimes reputed to be.

La Haine fancies itself to be the portrait of a culture and society in terminal decline, but I don't think the issue is quite so clear cut as that. Perhaps it is in the nature of drama to overstate the case. Neverthless, it does touch upon the corrosive effect which the more violent aspects of American popular culture have had upon global - and in this case, French - culture.

In spite of its undoubted prescience, and its remarkable knack for identifying trends in popular culture years before they hit the mainstream, the film did feel long to me, and by the end I had grown well and truly tired of the boorish behaviour of its protagonists. Neverthless, the final scene does pack an unexpected punch and it does, also, make it entirely clear what the film has been about.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Haine is a Piece of Beauty, 8 Oct. 2004
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This review is from: La Haine (Special Edition) [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
To sum up La Haine in one word, that would be masterpiece. The acting is class 'A' quality and creates a reality that you will forever believe. Shot in black and white emphasises the gritty surroundings that they live within. Not only will this film blow you away it will also change you. The clock is ticking; quickly go and buy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 April 2015
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Brought to use in a college
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