WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

400 Blows

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jean-Pierre Leaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Remy, Patrick Auffay, Jeanne Moreau.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1316L-173
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1959
(LD Release Date): 12/1/1992
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Francois Truffaut
(Screenplay/Written By): Francois Truffaut & Marcel Moussey
(Story): NA
(Music): Jean Constantin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bernard Evein
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Marie-Joseph Yoyotte
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): NA

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.20:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
“The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups),” meaning “to raise hell” is François Truffaut’s first feature film, and takes an intimate look at the maturation of a young Parisian delinquent, Antione Doniel (Jean-Pierre Léaud). A semi-autobiographical film of the director’s life, Antoine spends his first years shunned by his parents. Forced to make himself invisible, he takes refuge in the cinema, playing hooky and committing minor crimes. The character of Doniel is brought to life through the combination of Truffaut’s script and actor Léaud who was “an antisocial loner on the brink of rebellion.”

LaserDisc Picture:
The DyaliScope® theatrical aspect ratio has been recomposed at 2.20:1. The film’s black and white gray scale rendering is good with deep blacks and excellent contrast. Slight noise is apparent throughout and as well, scattered artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that is compressed, distorted, and bass deficient.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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