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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Great DVD
Don't listen to the people who badmouth this film. The context of the time and place have to be taken into account. But even so, it is not an irrelevant or dated film. The camerawork and choreography of the action are still impressive.
The transfer is good and the supplements are extensive. Criterions are expensive because of their limited audience and the amount...
Published on April 10 2004 by rk

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3.0 out of 5 stars The only french mov i love
MY RATING- 7.2
I watched this mov, knowing it was called a masterpiece, but guessing that it would be boring like all french films. How wrong I was! I actually liked the style, it almost looked like some american comedies from the 30's!
Well, the major importance of the mov is social critique and the behaviour in the best families of that time and Jean Renoir...
Published on Dec 14 2002 by scottie


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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars As Substantive as Air: Utterly Lacking in Significance, March 24 2004
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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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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great, but Overpriced, Jan. 12 2004
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Carl Larson (Evanston, IL United States) - See all my reviews
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The Rules of the Game is a Great Film. Unfortunately it is being put out by Criterion and is overpriced. When you can get any other DVD that comes out on sale for $14.99 or $19.99, you'll have to shell out $27.97 to Criterion for Rules of the Game.
I've heard the justifications before -- Criterion's transfers are the best and their added features are of the highest quality. This is true, and back in the days of laserdiscs and the early days of DVDs it made a difference. With the DVD craze in full fury, too many DVDs are being published today with the same care that Criterion puts in, but at a significantly lower price. Criterion is stuck in the past.
Which is too bad, because the only way you can get The Rules of the Game and similar classic films is to pay Criterion's exorbitent prices. In a way, Criterion is holding these movies for ransom. A price I'm not willing to pay.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely boring, March 9 2004
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One of the greatest films ever made? Just try to stay awake. Hilarious? Try to find a single laugh? Deep, moving? Are you kidding? Film critics need to get an honest job. Good grief, what a dog.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest movie ever. Hardly., June 18 2004
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JOHN GODFREY (Milwaukee ,WI USA) - See all my reviews
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Let's see. We have an aldulterer, a cheat, a liar, a slut & a guy with anger management issues. They all exist in this ultra chic, super rich sub-culture. If such a time (the 30's) & place ever existed it is easy to see why the French lost to the Germans, one year after this movie was actually made.
It is of course a satire & a pretty good one at that. The host, of a weekend hunting party has a mistress. He is afraid his wife is going have an affair with the another guest a hero flyer a la Charles Lindberg. But she has other admirers as well. My favorite character is the slut, the maid whose new husband take exception to her behavior. The whole mess is overseen by Jean Renoir, the director, who is also a major player in the movie itself. Eventually there is a murder. I won't tell who is murdered or who the murderer is here. On the dvd there is an alternate ending. A shorter version of the last scenes came out in 1959. This imparts a totally different context from the original which was banned in 1939. It is well done & gives different meanings to the motives of all involved. The major drawback is it is in French with English subtitles. But you'd want to pay strict attention to this one in any case.
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