Le Petit Soldat
Jean-Luc Godard's first feature after enjoying international success with Breathless was initially banned in France for its controversial political content and isn't often screened in the United States, so fans of the groundbreaking filmmaker should welcome its appearance on Region One DVD in this edition from Fox Lorber/ Genius Entertainment. Le Petit Soldat has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and while the images sometimes look a bit rough (as was intended), the source materials look clean and well cared for, and Raoul Coutard's energetic cinematography is well served here. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo (retaining the original single channel sound mix), and sounds good considering its vintage, if not great. The dialogue is in French, with optional English language subtitles. Bonus materials include a chat on the film and its politics from critic and film historian David Sterritt, which is illustrated with clips from the picture, as well as filmographies for Godard and actors Michel Subor and Anna Karina and a page of internet web links. If this isn't a definitive presentation of Le Petit Soldat, it's a very good one, and should certainly satisfy most film enthusiasts interested in Godard's work.