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L'important c'est daimer

Mondo Vision’s official web site has finally been fully launched, now with complete information on the currently announced releases as well as the company itself. An extract from their philosophy:

We hope to be around for the years to come, and to give viewers the chance to experience some unique films from around the world, which would otherwise remain buried: a feast of insights into cinema at its most obscure, excessive, and marginalized, aimed at adventurous cinephiles eager to uncover lost and forgotten gems of subversive cinema. For us and our audience, these unique films and their respective directors represent filmmaking at its most challenging and brilliant. We hope you’ll join us!

At the same time, Mondo Vision has given the authoring house the go-ahead to post screen captures from Mondo Vision’s upcoming second DVD release, Andrzej Zulawksi’s 1975 film L’important c’est d’aimer (The Important Thing is to Love), which stars Romy Schneider, Fabio Testi, Jacques Dutronc and Klaus Kinski. As with the already available La femme publique, this will be the first ever release of the film to fully cater to English speakers. Currently, those not fluent in French have to make do with a frankly horrible-looking mess from German label New Entertainment World, released under the title of Nachtblende. I’ve actually read reviews which praise this catastrophe, so I can only imagine what the feedback will be like once Mondo Vision’s edition hits the shelves.

Some screengrabs from the Mondo Vision version:

L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer L'important c'est d'aimer

And here’s the Nachtblende disc that it’s up against:

Nachtblende Nachtblende Nachtblende

Note: we have reason to believe that both transfers were minted from exactly the same source. Make of that what you will.

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2009 at 7:05 PM | Comments: 6
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Mondo Vision | Reviews



Was your brother also the compressionist for this release? He did an amazing job on "Le Femme Publique."

Posted by: Sound Designer Dan, January 5, 2009 8:26 PM


He is indeed. He also did a significant amount of digital restoration on it, and is currently in the process of putting together his own DVD encoding company.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, January 5, 2009 8:41 PM


^ DVD authoring and encoding company :)

Thank you Sound Designer Dan! The compression process (mainly the encoder used) has improved since, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the next titles.

- David M
Stride Video

Posted by: David Mackenzie, January 5, 2009 11:02 PM


The grain level on the screen captures looks absolutely gorgeous.

Posted by: Rakesh, January 6, 2009 2:49 AM


Kinski. Count me in, no matter how big or small a role.

Excellent-looking transfer. Haven't watched La femme publique yet, but looking forward to sitting down with it sometime soon.

Posted by: Christopher D. Jacobson, January 8, 2009 7:22 AM


(Mmmmm...Cinema Craft...)

I agree with Rakesh, it's wonderful what the change in attitude towards grain brought about by HD formats has done even to SD DVD.

And it still amazes me to see all the attention being given to Zulawski's work lately (up from almost nothing just a few years ago), no doubt partly due to the dedicated fan community that has sprung up around the fan site (which I admit is the only reason I'm familiar with any of his work aside from Possession and The Silver Globe.)

Posted by: Paul, January 14, 2009 2:02 AM

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