Double Feature: Jean De Florette & Manon of the Spring, Blu-ray (1986/2015)

Double Feature: Jean De Florette & Manon of the Spring, Blu-ray (1986/2015)

Cast: Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Beart
Director: Claude Berri
Studio: MGM/ Shout Factory! [1/27/15]
Video: 2.35:1 for 16:9 1080p HD color
Audio: French PCM mono
Subtitles: English
Dubbed: English
Length: 233 min.
Rating: *****

These are parts 1 and 2 of a complete adaptation for the screen of stories of Marcel Pagnol and beautifully done in plot, acting and cinematography. We already reviewed both back in 2007 in DVD form and now they are available as Blu-ray transfers.

So just go to that review to learn about the films. Never mind the dubbed version. This epic tale of fate and retribution, set in the lovely hills of Provence, has repeated on the soundtrack an aria’s tune from a Verdi opera plus fine original music by Jean-Claude Petit. Two French films not to be missed.

—John Sunier

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