The Red Balloon (The Criterion Collection)
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Newly restored and available for the first time on DVD, Albert Lamorisse s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.
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Restored to its full Technicolor glory, drenched in color, and taking us on a wide-eyed tour of Paris in the 1950s, this Criterion release is a treasure. While we might have asked for DVD extras, there's really no need for them -- the film stands eloquently on its own. While current films for children are instantly dated by fleeting pop culture references & glib attempts at crass humor, "The Red Balloon" is timeless. Most highly recommended!
Let's hear it for grown-ups!
I saw it with my mother as a mere 21-year old lass; she must have been nearly 50. When the Balloon jerks away from the Little Boy as the Other Boys climb all over them, I said "OH! That wasn't very nice!" My mother explained "You see, the Balloon knew the Other Boys were after it, and it didn't want the Little Boy to get hurt,."
"Oooooh," I said.
My VHS tape is fine, and in French (an occasional "Balon!"); when it is re-mastered by someone good, I'll buy the DVD. Recommend the VHS tape meanwhile (for 6.50, you can't go very wrong).
The 2008 remastered edition of "Le Ballon rouge" seems to be the one to get. It is as fine transfer as I would expect and faithful to the original.
I am pleased to be able to share this classic with family and friends.
2008 "The Red Balloon (The Criterion Collection)"
…too bad that friends who are teachers comment that there is a real absence of children's films with similar depth and endurance.
Anyway…buy this, enjoy it, pass it on.
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through a young boy's eyes. A delight.
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