Peek-a-boo (Ah! Les belles bacchantes) (1954)

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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 1954
Running Time 92:19
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jean Loubignac
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Robert Dhéry
Colette Brosset
Raymond Bussières
Roger Caccia
Jacqueline Maillan
Francis Blanche
Jacques Beauvais
Jacques Jouanneau
Jacques Legras
Roger Saget
Simone Claris
Robert Destain
Guy Piérauld
Case ?
RPI Box Music Gérard Calvi


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

    Based on Robert Dhéry’s successful musical, Peek-A-Boo (Ah! Les belles bacchantes) also stars Dhéry as himself and is directed by Jean Loubignac.

    The film opens with Commissioner Michel Leboeuf (Louis de Funès) alerted by the poster of the musical – which he finds offensive.

    Leboeuf goes to investigate what exactly the musical entails. However at the rehearsal he is mistaken for a comedian and offered a part in the musical.

    The set-up allows for a collection of comic sketches and music numbers by Louis de Funès, Colette Brosset, Michel Serrault and many others.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Presented in 1:66:1 16x9 enhanced widescreen, the transfer is satisfactory considering the age of the film. However the print is somewhat damaged.

    The colour scheme is natural but mild chroma noise is visible throughout the feature film.

    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.

    Subtitles for the French dialogue appear in a yellow font.

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Audio

    There is a French mono track available on this DVD.

    This soundtrack is clear and does not exhibit any problems.

    The original musical hall score is by Gérard Calvi.

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Extras

Main Menu

    A single still image with 12 scene selections 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 (R2-FR) release appears to be identical, except it does not include a English subtitle option.

Summary

    A French Musical Hall spoof, which stars Louis de Funès, Colette Brosset, Michel Serrault and many others. The transfer is satisfactory, considering the age of the film.

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Friday, March 19, 2010
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