Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) (2006)

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Released 9-Apr-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Making Of- (55:38) Optional English Subtitles (Full Frame)
Deleted Scenes-32 Scenes - Includes Outtakes (Full Frame)
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Production Diary (6 Chapters) (Full Frame)
Theatrical Trailer-Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) (2006)
Theatrical Trailer-Candy (2006)
Theatrical Trailer-Paris, je t'aime (2006)
Theatrical Trailer-36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)
Theatrical Trailer-El Aura (The Aura) (2005)
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 125:43
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Guillaume Canet
Studio
Distributor
Europa Corp.
Madman Entertainment
Starring François Cluzet
Marie-Josée Croze
André Dussollier
Kristin Scott Thomas
François Berléand
Nathalie Baye
Jean Rochefort
Marina Hands
Gilles Lellouche
Philippe Lefebvre
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Mathieu Chedid


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English (Burned In) Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One) upon it's release in France, was a phenomenally successful film - both critically and commercially and received four César awards, including best director and best actor, out of its nine César nominations in 2007. Also Ne le dis à personne is co-written and directed by the successful French actor Guillaume Canet, who also portrays a pivotal character in the film. Adapted from American author Harlan Coben's bestseller Tell No One, Ne le dis à personne is a taut gripping thriller with crossover appeal.

Eight years ago, Dr Alex Beck (François Cluzet) lost his beloved childhood sweetheart and wife Margot (Marie-Josée Croze), when they were both attacked while spending an intimate evening at their favourite lake. Alex was left unconscious while Margot’s body was discovered horribly mutilated, and her sudden death emotionally scarred Alex, who has since led a lonely life. However, one day Alex receives an email with a link to recent webcam footage of Margot alive and well. Soon after, events begin to spiral out of control as two more bodies are found where Margot’s corpse was supposedly cast off and photos of a bruised and beaten Margot arrive in a safe deposit box. The authorities re-open the case and again suspect Alex of conspiring his wife’s demise. In an attempt to find out the truth and whether Margot is still alive, Alex goes on the run.

What follows is a debatably confusing jigsaw of characters and events, but what holds the film together is Cluzet’s grief-stricken Alex, an everyday man caught in a nightmare. The main action set piece is indicative of this as when Alex races through the Paris back streets, then onto a highway in an attempt to outrun the authorities, this scene sees Alex unsteady and trembling, rather then athletic and strong. Supporting Cluzet is an impressive cast including André Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas, François Berléand, Nathalie Baye, Jean Rochefort, Marina Hands, Gilles Lellouche and Philippe Lefebvre.

While for some audiences Ne le dis à personne may be a convoluted mess, it can also be considered a tightly knit pulp thriller weaving together melodrama, murder-mystery and satire. Also impressive is Guillaume Canet, who continues to go from strength to strength as a director.

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Transfer Quality

Video

Ne le dis à personne is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 16x9 enhanced widescreen.

The transfer has been encoded over a dual-layer DVD at an average bit-rate of 7.20 Mb/s.

The natural and warm colour palette is well rendered with accurate skin tones.

Black levels are quite good as is shadow detail.

The burnt-in English subtitles appear in a clear white font and are a decent translation of the onscreen French dialogue.

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Audio

Unfortunately only a standard stereo French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s) soundtrack is offered on this DVD.

As expected the soundtrack does not make full use of the surround sound but dialogue remains clear and the audio track is faultless.

The score of Ne le dis à personne was composed by French rock singer-song writer Mathieu Chedid, who is also known as M. Chedid received a César for his haunting and atmospheric effort. Also unique to the soundtrack are two (some may suggest overly self-conscious) songs, With or Without You written and performed by U2 and Lilac Wine performed by Jeff Buckley.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio

The main menu is composed of a still image, accompanied by a fragment of Chedid’s score. The main menu offers 12 chapter selections and access to the extra feature content.

Making Of (55:38)

At almost an hours length this Making Of includes interviews with the cast and crew and also includes extensive behind the scenes footage. The featurette explores the planning of several scenes and the many discussions between cast and crew. Guillaume Canets hands-on directing style is also explored thoroughly.

This is a nice inclusion on the local DVD and features optional English subtitles which should appear automatically.

The Making Of  however features compression artefacts due to the low encoding bit-rate (2.37 Mb/s). (Full Frame)

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes

This is a series of 32 clips comprising of 20 unused shots and scenes and 12 outtakes.

Again this is a nice inclusion on the local DVD and features optional English subtitles which should appear automatically.

However compression artefacts are again prevalent due to the low encoding bit-rate (1.88 Mb/s). (Full Frame)

Behind the Scenes

A series of six short clips focusing on hair and make-up tests, location, production and the last shot of the production.

Again this is a nice inclusion on the local DVD and features optional English subtitles which should appear automatically.

However compression artefacts are again prevalent due to the low encoding bit-rate (1.22 Mb/s). (Full Frame)

Theatrical Trailer (Full Frame) (2:19)

Madman Propaganda

Following an anti-piracy warning focused on the Australian Film Industry – in particular Kenny, the following trailers are accessible:

· Candy

· Paris, je t'aime

· 36 Quai des Orfèvres

· The Aura (El Aura)

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The Region 2 (France) DVD was released on June 21 2007.

The Region 2 (France) DVD release includes the following technical specifications and extra feature content in addition to what is available on the R4:

· French DTS and French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks.

· French Hard of Hearing subtitles.

· Deleted Scenes with Commentary

· Last Shots Of The Actors

· I Can't Sleep - Short Film by Guillaume Canet

 

The Region 2 (UK) 2 Disc set was released October 15 2007.

The Region 2 (UK) 2 Disc set includes the following technical specifications and extra feature content in addition to what is available on the R4:

· French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack

· Brief soundbite interviews with Guillaume Canet and Kristin Scott Thomas

· Last Shots Of The Actors

· I Can't Sleep - Short Film by Guillaume Canet

· Easter Egg

Note: This transfer has burnt-in English subtitles.

 

The Region 1 (Canada) DVD was released on August 21 2007.

The Region 1 (Canada) DVD includes the following technical specifications and extra feature content in addition to what is available on the R4:

· French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack

Note: The only extra on this DVD is the Making Of. Please note the transfer on this DVD is stated as 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced widescreen, which is not the correct aspect ratio.

Summary

Ne le dis à personne is a taut gripping thriller with crossover appeal. This is a tightly knit pulp thriller weaving together melodrama, murder-mystery and satire with an impressive cast and commendable direction from Guillaume Canet.

The transfer is quite good but like recent Madman releases, only a standard stereo French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s) soundtrack is offered.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
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