The Widow Couderc (Veuve Couderc, La) (1971)
|Year Of Production||1971|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Pierre Granier-Deferre|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 1.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.66:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.66:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
La Veuve Couderc is an excellent melodrama based on a novel by Georges Simenon.
Set in Pre War France 1934, the late Simone Signoret is remarkable in her role as the title character - a lonely bitter middle-aged widow, who begins an unlikely relationship with the mysterious stranger Jean Lavigne (Delon).
The two meet fortuitously when Lavigne comes to town looking for work and Coudrec, although fearlessly independent, offers Lavigne odd jobs around her farm and welcomes his friendship.
Both loners eventually become lovers, and the relationship is unsurprisingly not encouraged by the other members of the community – particularly Couderc’s- in-laws with whom she has a torrid past with.
Directed with attention to detail and a sense of authenticity by the late Pierre Granier-Deferre, in relation to the daily happenings of the rural location, the film is driven by enigmatic performances from both leads.
Presented in 1:66:1 16x9 enhanced widescreen, the transfer is satisfactory considering the age of the film.
The colour scheme is natural, although it may seem overly bright and washed out at times.
The transfer remains at most times sharp and defined.
Shadow detail is equally adequate.
Mild film grain and assorted artefacts appear throughout the feature film.
The subtitles for the French dialogue are presented in a clear yellow font.
There are two audio soundtracks available; one is 1.0 French mono, the other a 1.0 dubbed English soundtrack. Both soundtracks are clear and don’t exhibit any problems. The original soundtrack score was composed by Philippe Sarde.
|Surround Channel Use|
A still from the film with options for 12 scene selections and subtitle options.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This title is currently only available in R4 as part of the ‘French Screen Icons – Alain Delon 1’ series from Madman. Overseas this title is also available in the US, UK and France as part of similarly themed barebones boxsets.
La Veuve Couderc is an excellent melodrama featuring intense performances from Signoret and Delon. The DVD is adequately produced with decent picture and sound.
|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|