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The Red Balloon/White Mane [DVD]

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  • Actors: Pascal Lamorisse, Alain Emery, Pierre Bestieux, Denys Colomb Daunant, Alain Colomb Daunant
  • Directors: Albert Lamorisse
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CMV1QC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,710 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double-bill of short films from French director Albert Lamorisse. In the Oscar-winning 'The Red Balloon' (1955), a young boy finds a red balloon, which becomes his companion, following him through the streets of Paris. Some bullies puncture the balloon but this does not prevent a jubilant ending. Pascal Lamorisse, the director's son, played the lead role. 'White Mane' (1953), set in the Camargue region of France, follows young Folco (Alain Emery)'s attempts to befriend a wild horse that local ranchers have given up trying to capture. But on discovering the boy has managed to tame the horse, the ranchers suddenly have a change of heart.

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This is a superb release of two classic 1950's short films, now on Region 2, for those without multi-region players who didn't buy the Region 1 release of a few months ago. Picture and sound quality on both films are excellent and so they should be, as they have been beautifully restored, at great cost, to their original pristine glory.

I originally went to see "The Red Balloon", as the supporting film to the 1956 Royal Performance Film "The Battle of The River Plate" at the now long gone Broadway cinema in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday, April 27th, 1957, one day after my tenth birthday and thought it was totally wonderful. It still looks just as wonderful today, nearly fifty-two years later and you can't say that about many films seen in that era.

You will notice that The Red Balloon has been reclassified from its original "U" rating to that of a "PG." But the British Board of Film Classification, in their wisdom, have, I believe done the right thing here. The film is actually in two parts. Part one is charming and enchanting and funny and lovely. But twenty minutes in, the film suddenly becomes much more serious and has a darker, more ominous tone about it, as the bullies of the neighbourhood appear, intent on not only destroying the happiness that six years old Pascal and his dearest friend, the balloon, have found together, but beating up Pascal and destroying his friend. A large gang of them chase Pascal, as he holds on tightly to his balloon, through the narrow, twisting and turning cobblestoned alleyways and streets of his neighbourhood. Pascal knows that if he and his balloon are caught by these vicious scumbags, it will be the end for both of them and he quite literally is running for their lives.
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I remember watching this film by pure chance in the early 60's on tv and more than anything else I watched as a child, it has simply stayed with me for a lifetime. Although I only watched it once, I can still remember the story perfectly and many of the scenes are like pictures in my mind. It's pure magic! As an almost silent film, I don't know how it made such a lasting impact on me, but it did. Maybe kids were different back then when life was simpler. And yes, life was simpler. Not less stressful, perhaps, but simpler. A jewel of a film and I wish Amazon would get the DVD back in stock, preferably in Region 2, please!!!!
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I remember seeing both the red balloon and white mane as a child. I carried cherished memories of them with me for many years but didn't initially buy them when they became available being afraid that they would not live up to my memories. I was wrong: they are both beautiful and heart felt in their exploration of child hood and freindship in all its shades. I think the PG rating of the red balloon is, on reflection, a good move as this films latter stages could upset smaller and more sensitive viewers. This collection of the two films together is a must for anyone who loves film, brilliant imagery and the magic of good story telling.
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I have had the great fortune of watching both at a young age - the balloon story is beautifully done (as is the white mane) and very thought provoking. I will not spoil the story of the balloon but will say that the tender age of about 12 i had to go through quite a few tissues at the end. After watching this film I made friends with every balloon I was given at parties etc, just in the vain hope that mine would be as special!
The White Mane obviously appealed to me, being a typical horsey mad girl, but the relationship between the boy and the horse is magical. Buy both, I am now its on Amazon!
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2012
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A friend recommended Pixar's "Up" to me recently. He said that he thought it had a world cinema flavour to it. When he then said of that film's plot, I immediately said that it sounded exactly like Albert Lamorisse's 'The Red Balloon'. He was intrigued.

Watching Red Balloon - one half of a Lamorisse DVD, the other being 'White Mane' - directly after 'Up', the similarities echoed ever more. About how when cornered and facing certain 'death' whether that be balloon or small French boy, a last bid for freedom is at least a dream, or even a prayer. 'God', you might say, 'get me out of here' and....well, you can fill that picture in yourselves.

Anyway, back to the almost dialogue-free story. Being somewhat sceptical about having small children being a bit twee and 'Ahh' being sighed audibly as said big, red floaty object follows the boy around like a lovesick puppy. Scorn indeed, but a living, breathing Paris, in the early morning sunshine, along with occasional views of familiar landmarks keeps one keen to see where Mr floaty balloon will float to next. If, like me, you're also probably trying to catch out who and what is controlling this meandering object. "Are there strings attached to watching this DVD?"

The film does have charm and is short enough not to have felt that too much of one's valuable life has been used to see it. This was my fourth viewing and I saw bits I hadn't before and the ending is really one of those that will rekindle faith and humanity into the coldest of hearts. Including slightly scornful and sceptical ones like me!

White Mane is the adjoining feature to 'The Red Balloon' both written by Lamorisse.
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