Capitaine Conan

Capitaine Conan

Director: Bertrand Tavernier

Cast: Bertrand Tavernier, Philippe Torreton, Catherine Rich, Samuel Le Bihan

     
 

Kino's "deluxe letterboxed edition" of Capitaine Conan fails in nearly all aspects of its visual presentation. The black levels are extremely poor, and the colors appear muted and unclear. There are numerous glitches and large amounts of grain on the picture that render some scenes difficult to comprehend. The widescreen presentation keeps this disc from beingSee more details below

Overview

Kino's "deluxe letterboxed edition" of Capitaine Conan fails in nearly all aspects of its visual presentation. The black levels are extremely poor, and the colors appear muted and unclear. There are numerous glitches and large amounts of grain on the picture that render some scenes difficult to comprehend. The widescreen presentation keeps this disc from being a complete failure, but it still ranks low on the scale in terms of visuals. Sound quality is slightly better. The 2.0-channel PCM audio mix captures the chaos of the battle scenes, with explosions arising from all sides of the sound field. The disc includes a solid sound mix, but it would have benefited from the option of a digital track. Kino loses points for following the easy route and avoiding a more elaborate sound presentation. Capitaine Conan contains only one extra feature, "Un Film Sur Bertrand Tavernier", a 54-minute documentary about the director and the making of the film. This lengthy and intimate behind-the-scenes look provides plenty of background and insight into the production of the movie. Tavernier and his crew are forthcoming and honest about the numerous problems faced during production. The documentary comes in an attractive full-frame format with several scenes included in their letterboxed form. It avoids the usual promotional backslapping and instead presents an interesting look at an accomplished director. While the disc could have benefited from additional extras, this documentary mostly makes up for their absence.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2000
UPC:
0738329018825
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

"Un Film Sur Bertrand Tavernier": 54-minute documentary about Bertrand Tavernier and the making of "Capitaine Conan"

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philippe Torreton Conan
Catherine Rich Madeleine Erlane
Samuel Le Bihan Norbert
Bernard Le Coq Lt. De Sceve
François Berléand Commandant Bouvier
Claude Rich Gen. Pitard de Lauzier
André Falcon Actor
Claude Brosset Actor
Crina Muresan Actor
Cecile Vassort Actor
Francois Levantal Actor
Pierre Val Actor
Roger Knobelspiess Actor
Frédéric Pierrot Actor
Jean-Claude Calon Actor
Laurent Schilling Actor
Jean-Yves Roan Actor
Philippe Helies Actor
Tonio Descanvelle Actor
Enric Savin Actor
Olivier Loustau Actor
Jean-Marie Juan Actor

Technical Credits
Bertrand Tavernier Director,Screenwriter
Frederic Bourboulon Producer
Alain Choquart Camera Operator
Oswald d'Andréa Songwriter
Michel Desrois Sound/Sound Designer
Agnes Evein Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy-Claude Francois Art Director
Luce Grunenwaldt Editor
Jean Cosmos Screenwriter
Gerard Lamps Sound/Sound Designer
Jacqueline Moreau Costumes/Costume Designer
Valerie Othenin-Girard Asst. Director
Alain Sarde Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles [1:20]
2. Action at the Border [5:10]
3. Dinner Guests [7:20]
4. The Big Push [6:45]
5. "Kill 'Em All!" [5:59]
6. A Mucked Up Victory [4:34]
7. Train to Bucharest [6:03]
8. "So Much for the Post-War!" [5:43]
9. A Circus of Brass Hats [7:55]
10. Minor Transgressions [6:03]
11. Bistro Robbery [4:22]
12. Norbert Is Promoted [6:35]
13. "Judge Advocate" [6:23]
14. Search Party [8:18]
15. Case Closed [5:35]
16. "Empty Promises!" [7:48]
17. Interrogating a Coward [6:06]
18. An On-the-Spot Briefing [5:27]
19. Erlane's Trial [6:41]
20. "The Final Combat..." [8:07]
21. Mr. Conan [6:52]
22. Final credits [2:43]
0. Chapters
1. How Many Films? [1:19]
2. Combat Practice [3:35]
3. Unforseen Disasters [5:03]
4. Anxiety Equals Satisfaction [3:55]
5. Some Enthusiastic Craftsmen [5:52]
6. A Country of Darkness [5:32]
7. Why a Film About Conan? [4:35]
8. Disruptions on the Set [4:46]
9. Artistic Questions [4:03]
10. A Love of Trains [5:38]
11. Have You Succeeded? [2:29]
12. Working With Actors [3:59]
13. "Cut!" [3:49]

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