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Entr’acte
(1924)
 

A collaboration of filmmaker René Clair, artist Francis Picabia and composer Erik Satie, this avant-garde film was originally intended as an interlude for Satie’s score for the ballet Relâche, presented by the Swedish Ballet at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in 1924.

2002 Criterion Collection DVD edition

Entr’acte (1924), black & white, 20 minutes, not rated,
with À Nous la liberté (1931), black & white, 83 minutes, not rated.

Criterion Collection, NOU010, UPC 0-37429-14772-6, ISBN 0-78002-310-2.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 0, 6.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $39.95.
DVD release date: 20 August 2002.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 7 / additional content: 8 / overall: 8.

As would be expected, this edition of Entr’acte (1924) from The Criterion Collection is the best available on DVD home video, mastered from the 35mm restoration by La Cinémathèque française and Films Pathé. The excellent restoration print contains a broad range of graytones, with very-good to excellent image detail. Some dust, emulsion scuffing and speckling remains in the windowboxed video transfer.

The film is accompanied by a 1967 recording of Erik Satie’s original music score for the film.

This is, by far, the best edition of Entr’acte we have seen on home video, and one that still plays well on high-definition equipment.

 
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2005 Risqué Cinema DVD edition

Anthology of Surreal Cinema, Volume 1 (1924-1928), black & white, 65 minutes total, not rated
including Entr’acte (1924), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated.

Risqué Cinema, RC003, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.95.
DVD release date: 26 April 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 2 / audio: 4 / additional content: 4 / overall: 3.

This subpar collection offers a terrible edition of the René Clair film, and would doubtless outrage quality-minded collectors purchasing this disc. The video transfer has been prepared from a bad 16mm reduction print, which is very contrasty and full of sequences with closed-up shadow detail and highlights that are blasted out to near-whiteness.

The film is presented with the nondescript orchestral score from the 16mm print.

We’re not mincing words here, avoid this edition like the plague.

 
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Other silent era RENÉ CLAIR films available on home video.

Other FRENCH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other AVANT-GARDE FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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