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 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

StudioCanal has revealed that it plans to bring to Blu-ray acclaimed director Jacques Demy's romantic musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg a.k.a The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Marc Michel, and Anne Vernon. The release will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom on February 10th.

A story of lost love, with all the dialogue sung rather than spoken. In the French seaside town of Cherbourg, Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve, in her first screen role) discovers that she is pregnant by her boyfriend, Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). When Guy is drafted into the army, Genevieve marries diamond merchant Roland Cassard (Marc Michel), even though she still loves Guy. She is destined for one last encounter with her true love, in a frosty Esso gas station.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was recently restored by Ciné Tamaris. Below is a video highlighting the many improvements that were made during the restoration with comments by renowned director Agnes Varda, Rosalie Varda-Demy, Thierry Delannoy from Digimage, and director Mathieu Demy.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

One of my favorite films of all time. The music is constantly catchy with some very nice ballads. The story is interesting. The film looks wonderful with a candy land look of color, Direction is solid and the ending is one of the most touching endings of all time that always does wonders to my emotions. It's all about accepting what we have and the maturity to accepting what we can't have.It is about the inner hurts and the humbleness to deal with it.It reminds me of that rolling stones lyrics ,we don't always get what we want but we get what we need.

 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Described by director Jacques Demy as ‘a film in song’, the visually intoxicating THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema.

Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, the pair share a passionate night. Geneviève becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel).

The film was scored by legendary composer and three-time Oscar winner Michel Legrand. THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1964 and the newly restored version premiered in Cannes Classics in 2013.

Here on fully restored DVD and Blu-Ray with over four hours of superb extras, including many new and exclusive, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG is a must-have for musical lovers, fans of French New Wave cinema and any true romantics!

Special Features

Once Upon a Time documentary (52mins)
The World of Jacques Demy documentary (92mins)
Audio interview with Catherine Deneuve (80mins)
Restoration featurette (5mins)
Stills gallery
Original 1963 trailer
2013 Trailer

 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I'll buy this in an INSTANT!!!!! I'm sure that many who discovered this when it first came out can tell their own "Umbrellas" stories. As soon as I saw it, I just HAD to buy its beautifully packaged LP, and years later would re-buy it after I had played the first one too many times. And of course I was overjoyed when it was released on CD, and would later buy a double CD that restored a few songs that had been skipped or shortened on the album, plus they added different versions of some of the songs done by others. But a funny thing happened. I was SO used to the flow of the album that I found the additions intrusive (although they've always worked just fine when watching the film), so I eventually re-did my playlist to restore it to the original album order. I've long had it on both VHS and DVD, but what was written above tells me that I MUST buy the Blu-ray! A simply wonderful movie.

I recently bought an OPPO BDP-103 Universal Disc Player (SACD / DVD-Audio / 3D Blu-ray), and I assume that it will decode the different region Blu-rays. Right? Now where's my manual for it….

 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Thanks to Mr. Haineshisway and his posting this rave review at the Home Theater Forum:

I pounced on the French 50th Anniversary Blu Ray (the same transfer will be used for the UK version), and I can only say that the disc is everything that Haineshisway says -- it is a drop dead gorgeous, ravishing, stunning, jaw dropping experience in color -- and the sound also is fabulous.

As long as you can view Region B discs, I see no reason at all to wait!

This is a link to the page:

 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 11:29 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

It really is the Blu-ray of the year for me - I have seen no finer transfer of a film from that era.

 Posted:   Dec 24, 2013 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

haineshisway: Re: "It really is the Blu-ray of the year for me - I have seen no finer transfer of a film from that era."

You made that quite clear in your rather, ahem, ecstatic review!

But I think I'm going to force myself to wait a little for a domestic release. Too many times I've impulsively bought such things as a Canadian release of the Blu-ray of "Shakespeare In Love," which had NO special features, only to re-buy it several months later in the American release with the special features -- and, alas, I had done similar things in the past with other movies I just couldn't wait to get on Blu-ray. But I do hope they don't drag it out for years, because while my love for this movie doesn't quite match yours, I certainly do love it and want it on Blu-ray.

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2014 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

To haineshisway: Re your "Yes, there are English subtitles on the film. None on the extras, but it's all about the film" from the site with your very effusive review of the movie. As much as I adore this movie, I'd like to be able to understand the special features, so even though I have a universal Blu-ray player that should be able to decode Region B, I'll wait a little longer for the UK Region B copy of it -- but hope I don't have to wait toooooooooooooooooooooo long for it!

 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I could watch this film for ever more, with an ending that touches my soul as strong as being hit by a bulldozer, but in a good melancholy way. As a person once said to me years ago, the God's will straighten this whole thing out for us in the end.

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