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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (DVD + Blu-ray) (1972)
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THE VALLEY (Obscured by Clouds) (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Barbet Schroeder
When Viviane (Bulle Ogier), a chic diplomat's wife, meets an intriguing adventurer (Michael Gothard) and his hippy friends in the wilds of Papua New Guinea different worlds collide. The group, led by enigmatic visionary Gaetan (Jean-Pierre Kalfon), convince Viviane to join their expedition in search of a mysterious uncharted Valley.
Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature explores the limits of experience as it journeys into the great unknown accompanied by Pink Floyd's wondrous soundtrack, later released as the album Obscured By Clouds.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Director-approved High Definition transfer from the original negative
- Original and digitally restored optional endings (Blu-ray only)
- Original un-restored ending (5 mins, DVD only)
- Three ethnographic documentary shorts directed by Barbet Schroeder: Le cochon aux patates douces (1971, 8 mins) about the Mapuga tribe's feast of pigs with sweet potatoes; Maquillages (1971, 12 mins) which examines the different types of ceremonial make-up worn by the Mapuga tribe; Sing Sing (1971, 5 mins) on the ceremony of 'Sing Sing' practised by Papua New Guinea's tribes
- Theatrical trailers for The Valley, More (1969) and Maîtresse (1974)
- Fully illustrated booklet with rare on-set photographs, newly commissioned essays and director interview
France | 1972 | colour | French language, English subtitles | 105 minutes | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320bps)
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However I would caution like the film More (available on Amazon and issued a few years back by the BFI) the music is not as prominent as it could be (You probably hear more in the film trailer than the film itsself),The music is often buried very deep in the background.
To the film, we have an excellent transfer of the film, from the original film stock, nicely cleaned up and looking very good on my TV. (I should add that I don't have a Blu Ray player so I am reviewing the DVD and not the Blu Ray) The sound is excellent though it is Mono, and a lot of the spoken word is French (so subtitles are an option). The film itself is slowly paced, and almost has the style of a travelogue, but give it the time and you will feel quite well rewarded in the end, though it is a film of its time, (so dont expect any car chases or explosions). Do expect dream sequences and a number of seemingly strange edits.
Extras are good as well, with an alternative take of the end of the film, approximately 15 minutes of contemporary documentaries, theatrical trailers for 3 Barbet Schroder films, and a large accompanying booklet.
You could also consider this as a bonus disc pack either a DVD with Bonus Blu ray disc or a Bly Ray disc with a Bonus DVD. Either way a great package and good value.
Don't ignore the package because you don't have a Blu ray player Embrace the Blu ray as it will allow for an upgrade later.
memories of different "lost valleys". The Blu-Ray rendition is brilliant. It captures the people,the setting, the country with detail and colour, not in the DVD or Video. The brooding Pink Floyd themes are there, but overall the sound is that of the scene. Whilst the alternative storyline could lose some viewers,the film is much more, with great brief portraits of the range of influences and motives at play at the time, quests for different valleys.
The quest for the ephemeral beauty of rare protected plumage and and eternal paradise is not a deep dialogue. It does carry the rejoinder we remain tourists engaging with the various cultures through our own transactions and perspectives, never fully engaged. In this context, the film has a respectful engagement with some beautiful ethnographic footage(presented without deep explanation), exchanges and ironies, perhaps meaning to the abrupt ending.
The Valley is a good film, some engaging portraits, worth the journey, if obscured by cloud.
Four stars for me, but possibly only three for those not who cannot engage in the trip.
On the whole I am glad I saw it after all this time and I will probably watch it again in the future. I would note that the literature with the DVD is good and the extra sections are also worth watching
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