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French Blu-ray Region B. English Audio Track Only Covers 1st Half of the Film 2nd Half 99.9% in French. No English Subtitles.
on 10 May 2015
I had this on VHS during the mid to late 90's and watched it many times. I was an early adopter of DVD (bought my first DVD player in April 1999) but never replaced this film. Over the years I never gave it much thought, recently I saw an advert for it in an very old magazine from the 90's (I was sorting out old boxes from the attic) and I wanted to see it again. I checked to see if there was a Blu-ray available as I have now moved on from DVD and the VHS Tapes and player have been thrown away, given away over a decade ago and found out that there was a French released edition with the English Language Track. Brilliant I thought I don't mind Non-English Language packaging as long as the product is viewable and I can change the audio language.
The first half of the film when they are out for the night in Paris is fine almost all of the dialogue is in English (with some background, side dialogue in French), but as soon as the second half starts when they get into the bank 99.9% of the dialogue is in FRENCH. There are no forced English subtitles that the VHS had and no English subtitle option for the film on the disc. Why go to the trouble of having an English Language Track when it only covers half the film. Eric Stoltz character cannot speak French so the only lines of English dialogue after they enter the bank are when he has to speak to someone and that's about 8 lines of dialogue.
The Blu-ray picture quality is excellent, but if like me you do not speak a word of French get the DVD or wait for a U.K. Blu-ray Release. I ordered item from Amazon France and it only cost me 17 Euro's with postage and arrived in 3 days (so not a big loss). If not for the lack of English Subtitles this would have got 5 Stars from me.
I know that this is a French Release, but it would have been nice to be able too understand the film in other Region B territories as Region B covers Europe, Australia, U.K. Regardless of the Language of the packaging a DVD/Blu-ray Disc should have the language and subtitles needed for the entire Region it covers. I have many German Released Blu-rays that I struggle with the Menu's as I don't speak a word of German either, but the film is viewable and understandable as the disc have the English Language Track and Subtitles if needed.
I only purchased as it stated that there was an English Language Audio Track, if it had said that it only covers half the film and you have to try and guess the rest. I would not have purchased the French Released Blu-ray.