I'm baffled by some of the disparaging comments by some of the other reviewers of this DVD. The film, as the opening titles say, is `inspired' by the novel of the same name by the great French writer Émile Zola. It's not a literal adaptation of the book and so I can understand that anybody coming to this film after reading the great novel may well be disappointed. But in my view the film should be judged on its own merits. It is quite rightly regarded by many as one of Marcel Carné's great films, not in the same league as his `Les Enfants du Paradis' perhaps , but still great nonetheless. Indeed it won the Silver Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1953 and is also rightly regarded by many critics as one of the great French films. For those who haven't seen it, don't be put off by the negative comments. It's worth watching alone for the two central performances of Simone Signoret and Raf Vallone. As for the DVD itself, given the age of the film and there being no apparent attempt at restoration, both the picture and sound quality is good.