This classic drama, that formed the birth of the French new wave, is an important film in Truffaut's career.
The DVD release is most welcome, although it would have benefited from some text notes or an introduction to the film for those that are not familiar with what a landmark movie this is. Our film review should help shed some light on that.
Picture Icy black and white contrast is a pleasing feature of this transfer to disc, which boasts excellent picture detail throughout.
Sound The mono track is clear and free from distortions or hiss.
Les Mistons In this 18-minute Truffaut short, a young woman proves a mysterious distraction for the local boys. While they're too young to love her, they feel a certain attraction, which manifests itself into following her progress as she bikes through town. The arrival of a male suitor on the scene soon causes trouble as the boys decide that if they can't win the affections of this girl, they'll torment her instead.
A charming, if somewhat creaky, little film. The camera use lends a cinematic feel to a flighty story that's soon resolved with minimal fuss. Picture and sound quality are good, although not as impressive as the main feature.
Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD is a trailer which celebrates the critical acclaim being heaped on "The 400 Blows", and a trailer gallery for other Truffaut titles.
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono)
Audio Tracks: French
Special Features Subtitles: All of the special features come with subtitles.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.