The Red Balloon inc White Mane details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Original title||Le Ballon Rouge|
The Red Balloon inc White Mane
|Run time:||1 hour 21 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Apr 2010|
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A Wonderful FilmBy a customer from Liverpool, England , 09 Mar 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]When you consider all the rubbish that is available on DVD in numerous forms, special edition, director's cut etc, It's about time a decent version of this wonderful film was released. Sure, you can get cheap copies from Asia on ebay, but the quality is very poor.
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Unique and wonderfulBy DCFilms (38 reviews) from London , 06 May 2013This is a must see for all film lovers and anyone who remembers their childhood fondly. A well deserved oscar winner - inventive, captivating and above all, touching.
Red balloon - a nostalgic look at Paris of 1950sBy a customer , 29 Jan 2012I remember seeing this film in the mid 1960s, and the image of a boy with a balloon in Paris has stayed with me until now. Looking at it again, the simple story, beautiful location photography and natural acting made for a wonderful wallow in nostalgia: the film shows a disappeared 1950s Paris, and would be required viewing for anyone visiting that city. Recommended to anyone who loves Paris.
A double bill of short films, visually excellentBy Sphex (2 reviews) from Prescot , 25 Jun 2011I found more to enjoy in 'The Red Balloon' than I remembered from seeing it on TV in the 1960-s, but even then it made an impression on me as a quality short film. The story might charm young children, but the inevitable sad end of the balloon could be upsetting, though alleviated by the final sequence which is a literal flight of fancy.
I hadn't seen 'White Mane' before - another short film, beautifully photographed, but with a Disney commentary style soundtrack (with subtitles), and a sad and unsatisfying ending. The human characters are basically just moving scenery, their fate and feelings unknown. The fight between supposedly wild stallions after White Mane has escaped takes place inexplicably in a corral, with an audience of herdsmen, and would no doubt be prohibited in any modern film. Like 'The Red Balloon', this film will appeal to young children, but they may be left bewildered by the ending.
The Red BalloonBy janetwood (8 reviews) , 13 May 2011I haven't seen this since I was about 8. I enjoyed sharing it with my 5 year old grand daughter. The cinematographie is very good with wonderful shots of the back streets of Paris.
Nostalgic short films - nice but datedBy ThomasKus (147 reviews) from Gloucester , 05 Sep 2010This DVD contains two short films of about 30min each, no other extras and no background information so it may be worth checking whether this is your kind of DVD.
'Red Balloon' is a visually impressive simple story of a boy who finds a balloon and it takes on a somewhat surreal (and enchanting) turn when the balloon take on a life of it's own. Shot in muted colours with only the balloon(s) standing out brightly it is more of a visual treat but not exactly a fully developed story.
'White Mane' is the story of a beautiful wild white horse that is befriended by a fisher boy who helps him to evade capture by the 'bad' rangers. Beautifully shot in high contrast black & white but again to simple a story to even justify it's 38min running time.
Both films have a fairy-tale like ending which is worth waiting for but at least with 'White Mane' I found myself fast forwarding at times when the story seemed rather slow.
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