I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single (Prête-moi ta main) (2006)
|Category||Romantic Comedy||Featurette-Making Of|
|Year Of Production||2006|
|Running Time||85:16 (Case: 89)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Eric Lartigau|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English (Burned In)||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Eric Lartigau’s Prête-moi ta main (2006) (literally Lend Me Your Hand) reunites Alain Chabat with Charlotte Gainsbourg, who both starred in Yvan Attal’s Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (2004) and Michael Gondry’s La Science des Rêves. Prête-moi ta main also reunites Gainsbourg with her L’Effrontée co-star Bernadette Lafont.
Based on an original idea by Chabat, Prête-moi ta main is the tale of Luis, (Chabat) a successful perfume designer who is very happy living the life of a bachelor at age 43. However his family of five sisters and his widowed mother (affectionately known as the G7), are tired of taking care of him and decide it is time for Luis to settle down and marry. But Luis isn’t too happy with his family’s decision, the first (and last time) he brought the woman he loved home; she left in tears and broke his heart.
Still, Luis reluctantly participates in the random blind dates his mother and sisters set-up but one day strikes a devious idea. Find a girl, any girl and pretend to be a couple. Sounds simple enough right! Luis would teach the girl to impress his mother and five sisters and the two would keep up the charade for a few months and intend to marry. But on the day of the wedding, the girl would disappear and Luis would be left standing at the alter, and hopefully Luis’ family would learn not to meddle in his love life. Or will they?
Luis find’s his fake fiancé in Emma (Gainsbourg), who happens to be his best-friend’s sister. Thing’s naturally fall out of place as the free-spirited Emma begins to actually be liked by Luis’s family and perhaps Luis himself.
Prête-moi ta main was very successful financially and critically in France – it is a well executed romantic comedy. Fans of Chabat and Gainsbourg would be delightfully pleased. I also enjoyed Grégoire Oestermann’s performance of Luis' best-friend Pierre-Yves. Prête-moi ta main is a light, yet charming romantic tale of family and commitment.
Prête-moi ta main is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and it is 16x9 enhanced.
The average bit-rate of the feature, which has been encoded over a Dual Layer DVD, is 4.56 Mb/s.
The quality of the transfer is very good. The look of the film is sharp and natural.
Shadow detail is well exhibited and colour is considerably rich with natural flesh tones.
Minor film artefacts appear on the opening company credits, however there are no issues regarding film artefacts or compression during the feature film.
The burnt-in English subtitles appear in a clear white font and are a decent translation of the onscreen French dialogue.
Only a French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s) soundtrack is offered on this DVD.
As expected the soundtrack does make full use of the surround sound but dialogue remains clear and the audio track is faultless.
The dialogue is mostly emitted from the front of the soundstage with occasional atmospheric sound and score emitted from the rear speakers.
Erwann Kermorvant composed the whimsical original score for the film.
|Surround Channel Use|
A still and practical main menu which features scene selection options and access to the extra feature content.
The making of feature includes interviews with the cast and crew expanding on the development and themes of the film. This is a standard behind the scenes feature filmed during production of Prête-moi ta main, but it is great to see footage of Chabat and Gainsbourg kidding around between takes. An English subtitle stream automatically accompanies this French language feature.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Prête-moi ta main is available in France on standard DVD and HD DVD.
The Standard DVD includes the following extra features:
The HD DVD includes the above and the following extra feature and technical specifications:
Both the DVD and HD DVD do not include English subtitles for the film or extra feature content.
Prête-moi ta main is a light, yet charming romantic tale of family and commitment. Fans of Chabat and Gainsbourg would be delightfully pleased.
The picture and sound quality is faultless.
The Making Of is a nice inclusion for the local DVD release.
|DVD||OPPO DV-980H, using HDMI output|
|Display||Panasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS|
|Speakers||(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12|