My Father's Glory (La Gloire de Mon Pere) (1990)

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Released 5-Aug-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Drama Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 106:20
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Yves Robert
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Philippe Caubère
Nathalie Roussel
Didier Pain
Thérèse Liotard
Julien Ciamaca
Victorien Delamare
Joris Molinas
Benoît Martin
Paul Crauchet
Pierre Maguelon
Michel Modo
Jean Rougerie
Jean-Pierre Darras
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $24.95 Music Vladimir Cosma


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Do you remember the day that you first realised your parents were fallible, even if only in a small way? Well this warm and beautifully told French film (Original title La gloire de mon père) regales the audience with the story of such a time in the life of a young boy in the early 1900s. It is a very rare thing in this day and age to have a G rated film which was not made specifically for a kids audience but, I suppose to be fair this film and its sequel were made in 1990. This is a lovely film filled with humour, drama, love, joy and the natural beauty of the hills of Provence. It is a joy to watch and leaves you smiling. It captures the joys, adventures and tribulations of childhood without resorting to schmaltz or cheesiness that I am sure an American production of the same story would slip into.

    The story was written by famous French writer Marcel Pagnol and is based on his own childhood memories. Marcel is a generally happy young boy who lives with his schoolteacher father Joseph and his beautiful mother Augustine in an apartment above his father's small regional school house. Before the main story begins we see a extra child, Paul born into the family, Joseph moving schools as his career progresses and Marcel helping his Aunt Rose meet and fall for civil servant, Jules. The main part of the story focuses on a decision by Jules and Joseph to take the families for a summer holiday in the hills of Provence. They rent a small house and as they are not well off they must take trams and walk many kilometres before they arrive. This holiday leads to adventure, new friendships, discoveries and fun for Marcel, Paul and the families as they enjoy their time in the hills. The title refers to a moment in the film when Marcel's faith and pride in his father is restored after some less impressive moments. The second film, My Mother's Castle follows straight on from a story perspective and will be the subject of a subsequent review. The films seem to have been made at the same time.

    As I said above this is a joyful film about childhood, family and the simple pleasures of life. It includes some beautiful cinematography of the magnificent scenery in the hills of Provence and also wonderful costumes which were Cesar nominated. It was directed by veteran French film director/actor/writer/producer Yves Robert.

    If you like your cinema with simple pleasures, humour, fun and adventure this film is highly recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in an approximately 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is most likely close to the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen.Unfortunately, my DVD-ROM drive would not recognise this disc so I am unable to confirm the aspect ratio.

    The picture was surprisingly clear and sharp for a film of this age. Shadow detail was decent but never great. There was occasional very light grain. There were also some minor MPEG artefacts during fast movement.

    The colour was well rendered and vibrant representing the the beautiful cinematography well.

    There were no other noticeable artefacts.

    There are yellow subtitles in English. They were clear and easy to read although a slightly different translation to those on the trailer.

    The layer change was not noticeable.
    

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Audio

    The audio is quite good.

    This DVD contains a French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack.

    Dialogue seemed clear and easy to understand throughout although my French is limited.

    The music consists of a beautiful score by Vladimir Cosma which was Cesar nominated.

    The surround speakers provided a surprising amount of ambience when played using ProLogic II and the subwoofer added bass to the music.

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Extras

    

Menu

    The menu is still and includes music from the score. Scene selection is available.

Theatrical Trailer (2:03) 

    In French with subtitles.

Madman Propaganda 

    Trailers for other films and an anti-piracy warning.

 

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 release of this movie is very similar to our local release except that it adds optional French & Spanish subtitles and an optional English dub. Draw.

Summary

    A wonderful and joyful French film about childhood and the simple pleasures of family.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio is quite good.

    Only a theatrical trailer in the extras department.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, November 23, 2009
Review Equipment
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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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