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on March 24, 2004
Here it is, in all its Criterion Collection Glory: La Regle du Jou, considered by critics worldwide as one of the greatest movies ever! Don't hold your breath, but this film is probably one of the most overrated in the history of cinema (along with Sunrise, Metropolis, or anything by Ron Howard). I challenge you to read all the glowing five star reviews and tell me what exactly it is that people like about this movie. Glowing generalities are usually a sign of people who are just mouthing what they were told to think. At least Renoir's Grand Illusion was mildly entertaining, this film doesn't even have that going for it. The funniest thing here is in the special features when a pompous Renoir blabbers on endlessly about how important this film was... he reminded me of Nigel from Spinal Tap.
Regarding the Criterion DVD, its good to see they are finally lowering their prices a bit, although its still not enough to make up for all the bad energy from their past rate hijackings. And the Criterion tradition is maintained here of very poor subtitle options (English only), which limits my ability to experience this film with foreign friends... I mean, really, how much would they have to spend to add Spanish subtitles on these discs? Isn't that the least they could do at these prices?
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