The Jacques Rivette Collection – Blu-Ray Review (New Release)

This collection brings together some of Jacques Rivette’s hardest to see works on DVD and Blu-Ray for their UK debut. Out 1 is here in multiple forms; originally it was conceived of as a television mini-series which resulted in it becoming a 13 hour epic of eight feature length episodes. It was later re-imagined into being a four and a half hour feature which is also present here. Along side these are two accompanying films Duelle and Noroît. Here is our review of this impressive collection by Arrow Video.

Audio and Visuals

A great job has been done here; there are so many luscious and rich shots in this collection that anything other than a superior blu-ray transfer would fail to do the films justice. Thankfully these look stunning in this edition with the necessary depth and colour to allow these films to truly flourish. Every image is sharp and crisp without sacrificing the collection’s warmth and soft touch. The audio is also very nicely handled; it’s clear, focused and the care taken her enriches the film experience no end.


 Presentation

The disc collection as well as the menu system are attractive and easy to navigate. They do perhaps lack some of the flair we have come to associate with Arrow releases but there is no doubt that this is an attractive and polished collection.

Extras

There’s a very nice selection of extras across his collection which include: one feature length documentary called ‘The Mysteries of Paris: Jacques Rivette’s Out 1 Revisited’ which features interviews (both new and archival) with a considerable number of the people who surrounded Rivette across these productions, an archival interview with Rivette himself, a new interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and a book which features writing by several insightful voices. This collectively works to bring a valuable and intelligent supplement to the films but we can’t help but feel that each disc feels rather thin on the ground when it comes to extras. What we have here is very good but a little more wouldn’t have hurt either.

Overall

This is an impressive collection full of beautifully restored and realised films. The collection as a whole both looks aesthetically impressive and intellectually informs the viewers appreciation of each film presented here. An attractive collection which we would recommend to any cinephile.


The Jacques Rivette Collection was released on Blu-Ray and DVD on the 18th January. Will you be checking it out? Let us know in the comment box below!

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