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Jean Renoir (Whirlpool of Fate / Nana / Charleston Parade / The Little Match Girl / La Marseillaise / The Doctor's Horrible Experiment / The Elusive Corporal) (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) (2007)

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  • Directors: Jean Renoir
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N2HBIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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LionsGate's Jean Renoir collection is quite a joy: there probably isn't a single genuinely great film on it, but the seven films taken together make for a great overview of his lesser-known work.

Renoir's first feature film, the 1925 silent La Fille de L'Eau aka Whirlpool, is a highly enjoyable tale of the riverbank, which is at once an almost Griffith-esque melodrama and visually experimental: there's a wonderfully surreal dream sequence, a memorable and striking shot of a boatman walking along the barge as it drifts by the camera and some furious crosscutting in an attempted rape sequence. There's a fine sense of the life and people along the river's edge to it, and it has a good sense of humor too. All too often the Cybill Shepherd to Renoir's Peter Bogdanovich, for once Renoir's wife and muse Catherine Hessling (like Shepherd a model, in this case for Renoir's father, rather than an actress) is in her element here, neither miscast nor asked to do anything beyond her abilities as the Mary Pickford-like heroine. There are some problems with the picture quality compared to the other titles in LionsGate's Renoir Collection DVD - the transfer was taken from one of the few surviving prints - but considering the film's rarity it's more than acceptable.

Renoir's second feature, 1926's adaptation of Emile Zola's Nana, reunites many of the key players from La Fille de l'Eau, but to less effect. In many ways Renoir's take on a Von Stroheim film, there are some moments of wit - such as the funeral procession of admirers to Nana's stage door after a disastrous first night - and a lightness of touch but it's constantly undermined by a horribly miscast lead.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT GREAT June 8, 2007
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What a treat! Five rare Renoir features at an incredible bargain price. Including his amazing directorial debut, La Fille de l'Eau, a joyful and youthful experiment in silent filmmaking, and the superb sound epic La Marseillaise, not to mention his masterful updatings of Zola's Nana and Stevenson's Dr. Jeckill and Mr. Hyde (Le Trestament du Docteur Cordelier) and his late film Le Caporal Épinglé, a fascinating look back at his most famous work Grand Illusion. Two experimental shorts and a 30-minute documentary on the films complete this nice package. Talking of which, my only caveat would be the clumsy interior box chosen to house the 3 discs, with a disturbing clash of colours between tray and box. The exterior cardboard protection is quite nicely designed though. All in all a 6 stars collection. If you love cinema, grab it while you can.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
This is probably the DVD bargain of 2007; a group of rare films by Jean Renoir, arguably the greatest director the medium has ever known, for under $20. Why these films haven't been available before is anyone's guess, but they constitute a major release for all those who care about the cinema. Buy this DVD set immediately; transfer quality good; an excellent value.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of ''La Marseillaise' November 12, 2007
''La Marseillaise'', Renoir's criminally underrated masterpiece about the French Revolution. The boxset is worth double the price at which it's been sold, just for bearing this underrated classic.

It's unlike any historical film ever made. It's focus is on the particular episodes that lead to the great events. Despite the lack of spectacle and grandstanding that accompanies conventional takes on the subject matter, ''La Marseillaise'' is more entertaining than any of these kind of films. It's one of Renoir's most radical films in it's narrative structure. It has neither plot nor main characters to pivot around. It's anchored above all by Renoir's pacing as well as his legendary ability to shift moods without upsetting the tone.

The tone is light throughout the film until the final battle at the Tuileries between the sans-cullotes and the Swiss Guard who serve Louis XVI. The battle when it arrives is shown in a way that gives it neither excitement or thrill and the silence that it generates seems like an ugliness that is absent in the rest of the film. Even better is the dialogue. Renoir conducted strict, extensive research for this film and the dialogue was largely ''found'' in late 18th Century diaries, pamphlets, notices. The dialogue stresses smells, tastes, air and atmosphere. Like the early scene where the sans-cullotes free a prison and the prisoner remarks about the toxicity within the walls, details that many films are unable to fit in their narratives.

The film's great opening scene is set in the Palace of Versailles after a caption that tells us that it is ''14 July 1789''.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Set Including Rare Renoir Silents. October 8, 2008
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One of the participants in my silent film course at the local college told me about this set which is the first time I had heard of it. I knew that Jean Renoir had begun his career in the silent era but I didn't know if any of those films still existed. They do and 4 of them are on display here along with his 1938 LA MARSEILLAISE and two works from late in his career. They are THE DOCTOR'S HORRIBLE EXPERIMENT (a surprising Jekyll/Hyde adaptation from 1959) and THE ELUSIVE CORPORAL from 1962 (an early version of THE GREAT ESCAPE). Being a silent film enthusiast, I shall concern myself with the 4 silents.

There are 2 features and 2 short films and all 4 feature Renoir's then wife Catherine Hessling. WHIRLPOOL OF FATE, from 1925, is his first film and tells the story of an orphaned girl, abused by her uncle, who tries to make a life for herself on her own. The second is a lavish adaptation of Emile Zola's NANA made the following year. The 2 short films are quite fanciful offerings with one of them never intended for distribution. There's an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL from 1928 but the surrealistic 1927 opus CHARLESTON PARADE which was made as a lark with leftover shooting days from NANA defies description. It wasn't shown until the 1960s.

This 3 disc set is being offered by Lionsgate Films (Canada's largest film distributor) and is an incredible bargain at the price. NANA has been beautifully restored with color tints added. WHIRLPOOL OF FATE comes from a 16mm print and is in OK condition but it's great to have this little gem. CHARLESTON PARADE and LITTLE MATCH GIRL are in rougher shape but are quite watchable. That's remarkable for CHARLESTON PARADE which Renoir never intended to distribute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem by a master of French cinema: Jean Renoir
This film is almost 100 years old since it was produced in 1924. While the print leaves something to be desired, it is required viewing for anyone interested in the remarkable... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michela Caudill
3.0 out of 5 stars great begining
fragmented viewing!!! constantly freezing makes it extremely boring!!!
the begining was interesing & worth watching if ur system work efficiently I may eleborate... Read more
Published 10 months ago by morteza shafA
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly home movie level stuff.
Slow wandering early works. Pro communist Renior is loved by the critics, but he bores as you wander through this collection.
Published on September 3, 2012 by Shock Writer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, in its true historical sense
It was a case of serendipity. As we embarked upon our roller-coaster ride of the French Revolution, I advised my students that THE film to try to track down is Renoir's "La... Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by Freezin' Geezer
5.0 out of 5 stars Renoir's OK movies are anyone else's masterpieces
The silent films, two full length and one short, star his very energetic wife. See the short, which is a thorough sendup of what the Europeans call civilization, though there is... Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Formidable!!
C'est epatant de flaner avec M. Renoir a travers l'histoire de la France. How glorious to be able to savor these films.
Published on June 12, 2007 by Manny
5.0 out of 5 stars For this price??? It's a steal!!!
Jean Renoir is one of the (deservedly) acknowledged masters of French cinema, and to get five feature-length films at this price is a steal. Read more
Published on May 25, 2007 by Joshua Beall
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree with the 1st previous reviewer!
This is a rare and excellent release! Print quality is excellent for all features. This is the same DVD company who released the pristine early Hitchcock! Read more
Published on April 28, 2007 by S. Sathre
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