3 Is a Crowd (Je Reste!) (2003)

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Released 11-Sep-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 98:36 (Case: 102)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (85:58) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Diane Kurys
Studio
Distributor
Level Four Films
Madman Entertainment
Starring Sophie Marceau
Vincent Perez
Charles Berling
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English (Burned In) Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I have recently reviewed a number of French films and enjoyed all of them so I decided to take a look at this recent local DVD release of a 2003 comedy from France. In France this film was known as Je Reste! which is directly translated as I'm Staying!, however, locally it is being released on DVD as 3 is a Crowd. Unfortunately, despite having a fairly interesting concept this film was a disappointment to me.

    The story revolves around a doormat housewife, Marie-Dominique (Sophie Marceau) who does not work because her pig of a husband, Bertrand (Vincent Perez) does not want her to. He cheats on her, treats her with derision and carries on like she is only alive to look after him and their young son. Unbelievably (especially for someone as beautiful as Sophie Marceau) she puts up with all this crap and spends her time rearranging the furniture in their flat and going to art house movies. Then she meets a new man at the cinema, Antoine (Charles Berling) and he pursues her after defending her virtue. She finally decides to throw Bertrand out on his ear, however he refuses to go and ends up staying with her parents (who must be mad or stupid). As the movie continues it becomes more unbelievable before a very strange ending.

    This is billed as a comedy and considering the title and the basic plot I was expecting a farce. Unfortunately, except for a few scenes this film is rather unfunny and the main characters are very hard to like (all three of them). None of the quality cast seem overly interested.

    I can't really recommend this film, there are many better French comedies than this one. The only possible explanation is that this film just didn't translate well to a non-French audience.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is pretty good but spoiled by a lack of 16x9 enhancement.

    The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio not 16x9 enhanced which I would assume is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was fairly sharp and clear although hampered by the lack of enhancement. Shadow detail was pretty good. There was some macro-blocking in backgrounds.

    The colour was very good with no issues to report.

    There were no other obvious artefacts.

    There are burned-in subtitles in English which are clear and easy to read although included a couple of errors.

    There is a layer change at 85:58 which causes a minor pause.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good but unspectacular.

    This DVD contains a French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s. The disc has this track labelled as English but it is definitely French.

    Dialogue seemed clear and easy to understand based on my limited knowledge of French.

    The music is a weird mixture of jaunty orchestral, Jacques Brel and bizarre pop song choices. It sounds pretty good, warm and full.

    The surround speakers were used for some minor atmosphere and music.

    The subwoofer was not used in any obvious way.

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Extras

    Nothing.

Menu

    The menu design is very simple only allowing for playing the film, scene selections and playing the included trailers for other films.

Madman Propaganda

    Trailers for four other films. Annoyingly some of them are 16x9 enhanced.

 

 

R4 vs R1

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

    There is a French Region 2 release of this title, however it does not have subtitles available. If you understand French it may be the best choice as it also includes deleted scenes, the trailer and a making of featurette plus a 5.1 soundtrack. Assuming an English speaking audience though, I will have to go for the local release.

Summary

    A fairly unfunny French comedy.

    The video quality is good but let down by a lack of 16x9 enhancement.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output
DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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