The Big Vacation (Les grandes vacances) (1967)
|Year Of Production||1967|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Jean Girault|
Louis de Funès
Olivier De Funès
Jean St. Clair
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Les Grandes vacances is one of Louis de Funès most popular films. The 1967 film directed by Jean Girault who had directed many films starring Funès including the successful 'Gendarme' films, was made at the height of Funès’ popularity. In 1966 he had broken box office records with La Grande Vadrouille which co-starred Bourvil and was one of France’s highest grossing films of all time (behind Titanic (1997)) until Dany Boon’s Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis in 2008.
In Les Grandes vacances Funès plays irate Monsieur Charles Bosquier, a director of a private school, whose eldest son Philippe (François Leccia), has just failed his end of year exams. Displeased with his teenage son’s performance, Charles decides to send Philippe to England for one month so he can improve his English and re-sit the exam.
Philippe is to stay with MacFarrell (Ferdy Mayne), who is a wealthy whiskey distiller in England, while MacFarrell’s teenage daughter Shirley (Martine Kelly) in exchange will stay with the Bosquier family.
However, as expected, Bosquier’s plans fall apart as Philippe intends to go sailing with his friends and tries to send fellow student Stephane (Maurice Risch) in his place. Meanwhile Shirley begins to distract Bosquier’s younger son Gerald (played by Funès' real life son Olivier De Funès) and the two decide to meet with Philippe.
Eventually the truth of the teenagers’ whereabouts is revealed sending Bosquier and MacFarrell to Scotland to search for Philippe and Shirley, who have since fallen for one another, and Gerald.
Presented in 2:35:1 16x9 enhanced widescreen, the transfer is satisfactory considering the age of the film. The overall colour scheme remains natural and the picture is sharp and defined.
Shadow detail is equally adequate; mild film grain appears throughout the feature film. Telecine Wobble is visible on a few occasions but is not distracting.
There are no subtitles available on this DVD title.
The single audio track is a 2.0 English mono soundtrack. It remains crisp and clear throughout the feature.
This DVD is released for an English speaking market, so I understand Madman’s decision for offering the (French accented) English dubbed soundtrack, although including the original French soundtrack would have be a welcomed addition to this disc.
The film includes an infectious playful score by Raymond Lefevre.
|Surround Channel Use|
The Main Menu is composed of a still of a promotional image of the film. There are 12 scene selections.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This title is available in France as a ‘Studio Canal’ release. The transfer of the film is identical.
The R2 DVD includes the original French language mono soundtrack. Please note there are no English subtitles available on this DVD.
There is a 13 minute ‘Making-Of’ composed of recent interviews of cast and crew. Also included is the trailer, bibliographies and a quiz.
Classic French Comedy, presented with an excellent transfer and a dubbed English soundtrack.
|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|