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on 7 August 2012
It has to be 5 stars for a six movie boxed set of some of Truffaut's best and most influential works. Many believe that 'The 400 Blows', 'Jules et Jim' and 'Shoot the Pianist' were a huge boost to French cinema, contributing enormously to the now-known genre 'French New-Wave'.
Those that argue the three remaing titles are lesser and not-so worthy are only partly right. For the newcomer (which I was, almost) to Truffaut when I bought the set, it is ideal, introducing alternative titles to the famous ones, to give a more all-round picture of this acknowledged master director. This way, films not usually seen or bought on their own get an airing. I see this as a strength, not a weakness, providing of course the overall standard is high.
It's one big chunky box, with separate DVDs in each and every case, with a repackaged, uniform layout and look. This includes, on the reverse, in English, the synopsis, rather small-sized picture gallery and details of the extras. On 'Shoot the Pianist' (as an example) extras are - intro by Serge Toubiana, Audio commentary by the cinematographer, Truffaut talks about Shoot the Pianist and Original Theatrical Trailer. I'm not into extras myself and rarely access them, so won't list all the films' and they may well differ from disc to disc.
Subtitles are limited to English only.
For twenty odd pounds (which is what I paid) it is excellent value, for ten hours of quality viewing. Just over £3 each - you can barely rent a DVD for that - and you get three of the most legendary films in French, no, World Cinema - and more.