Mr. Leguignon Lampiste (Monsieur Leguignon, lampiste) (1952)

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Released 15-Feb-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1952
Running Time 101:44
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Maurice Labro
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Yves Deniaud
Jane Marken
Bernard La Jarrige
Christiane Barry
Jacques Emmanuel
Pierre Magnier
Albert Duvaleix
Marcel Josz
Robert Lussac
Claude Boissol
Jean Brunel
Georges Tourreil
Jean Carmet
Case ?
RPI Box Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Mr Leguignon is played by Yves Deniaud, who is the lamp maker (lampiste) of the title.

     Leguignon is currently in trouble with the law. He and his family have been evicted from their home but they refuse to leave. As a result, Leguignon is forced to leave and to settle in a forgotten part of town in a dilapidated home.

     But not all is lost, as the town’s children stumble upon a treasure. Leguignon, despite his initial attempt to claim the loot as his own, quickly sees that the treasure could in fact benefit the whole town, as he would attempt to build a new housing estate from money gained from selling the treasure. But will the townspeople unite with Leguignon?

    The film features Louis de Funès briefly, as a townsperson.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The restored transfer of Mr. Leguignon Lampiste had an original aspect ratio of 1.37:1. The DVD transfer is presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame.

    The black and white film overall looks quite good for its age. Camera movement remains smooth and the image remains clear and crisp, with good shadow detail.

    Telecine wobble is mildly evident, as well as film grain and film artefacts throughout the course of the feature film.

    The English subtitles are a decent translation of the French dialogue and appear in a yellow font.

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Audio

    The DVD features a French mono soundtrack, which is very good quality. Dialogue remains clear and audible.

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Extras

Main Menu

     A still image from the marketing campaign with 12 scene selection options and subtitle options.

R4 vs R1

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

In R4 please note this DVD is only available as part of the French Comedy Greats: Louis de Funès box-set.

    The Studio Canal release in France appears to be identical, except it does not include English subtitles.

Summary

    A heart-warming French classic film about the struggles of the working class. The DVD is nicely presented with a remastered transfer and the original French soundtrack.

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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