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Glorious film - but with burned in subtitles
on 19 May 2008
The film is one of the glories of World Cinema, but this welcome disc is only worth buying if it is going cheap and you don't have the Criterion release. The picture quality isn't immaculate but it is nicely widescreen. However, it is a major flaw that the subtitles are burned in. i.e. they are not removable. This is doubly annoying because the Parisian French is translated into very vulgar Americanism, for example 'you' is translated as 'ya'.
The extras are worth having particularly the commentary which is by the original fellow on whom Truffaut based the character of the friend who 'draws on his inheritance'. It's a beautiful commentary but it is included on the Criterion (which also has another commentary).