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BFI Jacques Tati titles in November

The BFI have announced the UK Dual Format Edition release of two films by Jacques Tati on 29th November 2010. Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr Hulot’s Holiday) and Playtime have been lovingly remastered in High Definition and the lavish selection of extras on each release includes never-before released alternative versions of the films, amongst which is the rarely seen original 1953 theatrical version of Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot.

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot brought Jacques Tati international acclaim and also launched his on-screen alter ego: the courteous, well-meaning, eternally accident-prone Monsieur Hulot with whom Tati would from now on be inseparably associated.

Features include:

  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p/ 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit) and Dolby Digital (320 kbps) / Region B
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital Mono (192 kbps)
  • 1.33:1 / French language with optional English subtitles
  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Fully restored version of Jacques Tati’s definitive 1978 final cut
  • Alternative ‘international’ soundtrack (revised to include more English dialogue)
  • Original theatrical release version (1953, 95 mins)
  • Original theatrical trailer (DVD only)
  • Richard Lester interview (DVD only, 2004, 36 mins): the acclaimed filmmaker discusses Les Vacances de M. Hulot with film historian Philip Kemp
  • Illustrated booklet with a newly commissioned essay by film historian Philip Kemp

Playtime, regarded by many as Tati’s masterpiece, is a surreal comic vision of modern life in which Monsieur Hulot – accompanied by a cast of tourists and well-heeled Parisians – turns unintentional anarchist when set loose in an unrecognisable Paris of steel skyscrapers, chrome-plated shopping malls and futuristic night spots.

Features include:
  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p/ 24fps / PCM stereo audio (48k/24-bit) and Dolby Digital stereo (320 kbps) / Region B
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital stereo (192 kbps)
  • 1.85:1 / French language (some English) with optional English subtitles
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Alternative ‘international’ soundtrack (revised by Tati to include more English dialogue)
  • Feature commentary by Philip Kemp
  • Rare audio interview with Jacques Tati recorded at the NFT in 1968, accompanied by stills and images from the BFI’s collections
  • Original theatrical trailer (DVD only)
  • Au-delà de Playtime (DVD only, 2002, 6 mins): documentary about the making and unmaking of Playtime
  • Script-girl (DVD only, 2003, 12 mins): Continuity Supervisor Sylvette Baudrot on working with Tati
  • Tati Story (DVD only, 21 mins, c. 2003): short biographical film
  • Illustrated booklet with a newly commissioned essay by David Furnham and Kevin Brownlow’s memories of interviewing Tati

RRP is £19.99 each.


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