The Red Balloon (The Criterion Collection)
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Tonight, I sat here browsing Amazon, and I just fell upon it. The Red Balloon. I must have it. Funny, I can't remember if it made me laugh or cry. I just know that it is a memorable part of my childhood, and if I have an opportunity to recapture some little memory of a more simple time in my life, then I must seize that opportunity.
To all the other "kids" out there who remember this film... I'll see you on the playground.
Alas, the result looks and sounds like you're watching a bad film in a classroom - terribly scratched images, pops, dust - I think I even saw a piece of Scotch tape go by. How is this even acceptable?
In these days of remastering and the ability to make a film look at least decent without massive expense, it's an embarrassment to the film makers that their classic has been brought to the DVD market with such disdain. Was an original print unavailable? If so, couldn't a few dollars be spent to clean up the only print apparently in existence?
The film doesn't even end - during the final moments, it suddenly cuts out - and segways into a very politcally-incorrect cartoon from the same era.
This DVD is not worth what it is selling for on Amazon.com. Let's hope somebody with an eye for quality rescues this classic from the company currently producing this disc. And soon!
A very simple and beautiful story... one that makes you remember how good it is to be a kid. ...all the possibilities... all the imagination and the innocence we lose when we grow up. This film will touch everyone who sees it.
The only problem is the print they used for this DVD. Absolutely horrible! Full of scratches and marks... (there are silent films in better shape!) it seems someone dragged the film stock on a street to make it look bad. I cannot believe such an important film had such a lack of caring. The soundtrack is also bad and the rich Technicolor is gone. I was lucky enough to see this film on the big screen during the seventies and... believe me... it was beautiful. Nothing like this.
I knew this print was bad because I read the other reviews, and yet, I bought it because I felt I must have it (for I love this film). But it was still shocking to see how bad a bad print can be.
I think this film is a masterpiece and I will buy it again if this is ever restored and released again... but this is an european film and I do not see that (restoration... or a new print) coming soon. So I bought it anyway - think like this: not even in France this film is available... go figure why!
A beautiful film that is worth every scratch... but it is a shame... Films like this one should be seen over and over and I am sure if it was to be rereleased it would be a success.Read more ›
When I saw a portion of it late night on PBS some twenty years after having seen it in school I instantly recognized it and wanted it.
Not only did it win an academy award (not for short film or best foreign film but for Best Original Screenplay), the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival but also the Film of the Decade at the American Film Festival.
All this for a 30 minute film that has no dialogue - that has more emotional power than almost all films that I have seen. It's the magic of childhood innocence.
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for kids and adults of all ages....everyone should see this wonderful and original film. once you see it you will introduce it to your kids and grandkids. a timeless classic.Published 1 month ago by jacqulyn vaughan
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This is a classic that deserves it reputation. I loved it as a kid I love it as an adult!Published 2 months ago by JemGammon