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BFI Jacques Tati series continues

On 29 October 2012, the BFI’s re-mastered Jacques Tati series continues with the world premiere Blu-ray release of Jour de fête (1949) and Mon Oncle (1958). Each will be presented in a Dual Format Edition containing both DVD and Blu-ray discs.

Jour de fête - Tati’s award-winning feature debut, about an appealingly inept postman, is a dazzling blend of satire and slapstick. This new Dual Format Edition contains two versions of the film, both newly mastered to high definition; the ‘Thomsoncolor’ version which was first shown in 1995 and Tati’s rarely-seen 1964 reworking of the original which features additional sequences, hand-painted details and English dialogue.

Features include:

  • 1.37:1 | French with English subtitles
  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM audio (48k/24-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital audio (320 kbps)
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition (on both Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Original 1949 colour version, first seen by audiences in 1995
  • Tati’s alternative 1964 version, which re-works the original 1949 black and white version, adding a new character (the English-speaking painter) and elements of hand painted colour with English voice-over, 79 mins
  • Original trailer (DVD only)
  • Three shorts: Soigne ton gauche (René Clément, 1936); L’ecole des facteurs (Jacques Tati, 1947); Cours du soir (Nicolas Ribowski, 1967) (all DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet with film notes and credits

Mon Oncle - Tati’s multi-award-winning third feature – a satirical assault on the twin targets of efficiency and the modern world – confirmed his reputation as the foremost comic artist of his day. This new Dual Format Edition contains two cuts of the film mastered to high definition; the original French language version and the alternative English language version.

Features include:
  • 1.37:1 | French with English subtitles
  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM audio (48k/24-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital audio (320 kbps)
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition (on both Blu-ray and DVD)
  • High Definition premiere release of both versions of the feature
  • My Uncle, (Jacques Tati, 1958, 109 mins): Tati alternative English language version –produced simultaneously with Mon Oncle – featuring alternative opening titles and inserts, and re-worked soundtrack
  • Original trailer (DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet with film notes and credits

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