The Eric Rohmer Collections from Arrow, Part 2 (DVD/ Blu-ray Comparisons)

...Continuing from Part 1, feeling revitalized, let's just jump right into our next feature, Comedies and Proverbs #3, Pauline At the Beach!  Our proverb for 1983 is, "a wagging tongue bites itself."  Pauline is a young teenage girl who goes on vacation with her older cousin, who tries to teach her about love and men, but doesn't seem to have a very firm grasp of those things herself.  In fact, everybody in this film is constantly dispensing advice or pontificating on the way of things, while their own relationships stumble from one disaster to the next.  And Pauline, of course, is left to try and sift the truth out of everybody's contradictory words and examples.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
Now, the aspect ratios here are pretty close: 1.62:1 v. 1.67:1.  But there's still a great disparity, as the DVD is zoomed in, cropping off information on all four sides that has been restored on the blu.  It's interesting that the differences between the films in these two sets are so different.  You'd think each one comparison between an Arrow DVD and an Arrow blu would more or less describe them all, but no.  Each film has its own unique set of issues.  For Pauline, it's mainly the cropping.  The DVD also has some ugly digital compression when you get in close, so the blu-ray gives another crisp boost, with some extra, very welcome color dynamic, but no dramatic shifts in hue or anything.

Both DVD and blu present the original French mono in 2.0, but in LPCM on the blu, with optional French subtitles.
Pauline has a small but nice little collection of special features.  In fact, here is actually the single instance where something from the DVD set was left behind.  It's somewhat minor, but still, one hates to lose anything in an upgrade.  So here's what the DVD gave us: another great Rohmer intro, which in this case is presented as an on-camera interview rather than commentary over footage from the film, plus the original theatrical trailer, and a six and a half audio-only interview with Rohmer [right].  Arrow's blu gave us the intro/ interview and the trailer, but lost the little audio interview.  It's not all backwards movement, though, because they added another one of those brief French TV interview clips, this time with Arielle Dombasile, who played Marion.  Still, it's always a bummer to lose anything in the course of an upgrade.
We'll be hitting all these Comedies and Proverbs, now, in complete succession, so say hello to 1984's Full Moon In Paris.  "He who has two women, loses his soul," we're told, and "he who has two houses loses his mind."  And we're shown this in the story of Louise, who lives with her boyfriend but insists on getting a second apartment for herself in the heart of Paris.  When he wants to get married, she is of course not ready and reacts instead by striking out on her own and embracing the single life.  But she's just too social and out-going to stay alone for long, and her new suitors - particularly Fabrice Luchini - cause her far more troubles than she was trying to escape from in the first place.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
At first glance, this might seem like one of the slimmest upgrades in the collection.  The 1.33:1 aspect ratio's the same, framing's the same, colors are just about the same (though the saturation's a bit over-cranked on the sky in that third shot, huh?)... about the only difference is the fundamental jump to HD; they might even be using the same master.  But when you get in close, despite being in 16mm, there's a serious decrease in detail and sharpness on the DVD.  The HD is actually a very welcome and substantial jump forward.  And while print damage is minimal on any of these films in either set, we can use what little there is to determine that these transfers must have been taken from different masters.  Notice the white smudge left of the actress's head in the last shot that isn't there on the DVD?  The book with this set only gives us a general statement that "[t]he films of this collection were restored from the original film and audio elements by Les Films du Losange," but it's evidenced here that different elements were used across the two sets.  In fact, an on-screen logo tacked onto the front of this film tells us they used the original 16mm negatives for the blu.  Not every film has that logo, though, so the book may be vague because the stories vary behind each film's restoration.

Anyway, again, both editions provide the original French mono in 2.0, but in LPCM on the blu, with optional French subtitles.
This is a good one for special features.  Arrow provided some nice stuff the first time around, including another Rohmer introduction commentary, the trailer, and a roughly hour-long audio interview with Rohmer about his films, which plays over a gallery of stills from the film.  Well, all of that is on the blu, except now the audio interview plays as a partial audio commentary over the film.  And the new set also adds some stuff, including another super brief, three minute archived French TV interview, this time with actress Pascale Ogier.  Then there is a somewhat strange and very 80s, hour long French TV special (pictured above) on actor Tchéky Karyo.  So this one really feels like a special edition.
The Comedies and Proverbs then skip a year and come back in 1986 with The Green Ray, which is a reference to the Jules Verne book, yes; but this is not an adaptation.  Instead we're taught about a line of Arthur Rimbaud poetry which reads, "ah!  The times come where the hearts fall in love."  In this film, our heroine is Marie Rivière (The Aviator's Wife), a single woman can't abide the dating scene and whose best friend leaves her in the middle of their travel vacation to run off with a new beau.  So she winds up in the Alps on her own, where Verne's ray can perhaps guide her through her troubles.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
And we're back to alternate aspect ratios again!  Frankly, I'm just going to trust that the blu-rays have it right, this time matting the DVD's 1.33:1 to 1.67:1, which unveiling slivers along each side.  Besides that, you'll notice the colors are much deeper and richer on the blu, as opposed to the DVD, which appears rather washed out in comparison.  A large part of that seems to just come down to the DVD being decidedly brighter... over-bright I would say, although that's admittedly a subjective call.  But everything definitely "pops" more on the blu, while the actresses positioned in the foreground almost fade into the DVD's background.  And while a lot of the additional clarity just comes from the boosted clarity, a close look at the sign work in the background shows that it's a nice boost in definition, too.

Original French mono in 2.0 on both discs, check.  LPCM on the blu, check.  Optional French subtitles on both discs, check.
The DVD set gave us another Rohmer intro commentary and the original trailer, which the blu-ray dutifully carries over.  The new goodies include another one of these tiny French TV clips, this time with actress Marie Rivière and for the first time in this set, something new created by Arrow for their box.  British actor Richard Aoyade from The IT Crowd provides a substantial - almost 45 minute long - on-camera interview/ "appreciation" of The Green Ray and Rohmer's work in general.  Bet you didn't see that one coming!
The sixth and final film in the Comedies and Proverbs series is 1987's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend.  This year's proverb is a philosophy just asking for trouble" "my friends' friends are my friends."  The title tells you the basic framework of the plot rather directly.  A young woman makes a new friend, but soon becomes attracted to her boyfriend.  Fortunately(?), she's not the only one with thoughts of infidelity, and soon everyone is forced to reassess their relationships with each other.  Apparently, this film was very loosely remade in America starring Alyssa Milano in 2010.  And while this is one of Rohmer's lighter, more traditionally comically plotted efforts, I still can't imagine that version could touch the refined nuances of this original.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
After Perceval, I'm probably the most happy to get this film upgraded, because it really was the weak link in Arrow's DVD set.  Soft, fuzzy, light colors, pink hue, it looked like it was taken from a tape.  It's the only film in the set to with interlace combing.  Just yuck.  So now we have the DVD's 1.33:1 image very slightly tightened to a 1.37:1 image with substantially stronger clarity, depth of color, etc.  It's like a veil has finally been lifted, it looks so much better.  What a relief!

French 2.0 in mono, LPCM on the blu, optional English subs.
Arrow just had no love for My Boyfriend's Girlfriend, I guess.  It's the only entry in Comedies and Proverbs they didn't get a Rohmer intro for.  They just gave gave us the trailer (and remember, this was the disc they slapped Changing Landscape on).  Well, the blu-ray doesn't give us much more.  It has the trailer and another one of those tiny French TV clips, this time with Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir, and François-Eric Gendron.  Despite featuring the three of them, it still only runs three minutes and twenty seconds.  Hey, I'm grateful to have these things; they're fun little additions.  But "little" is definitely the operative word.
Created the same year as The Green Ray is the film 4 Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle.  It was actually released on DVD here in the US in 2015 by a company called Kimstim; but I'm happy now that I missed it because it's just another double-dip I'd be replacing with this set.  Like it's title suggests, this film is broken up into four stories, each centered around the fast friendship formed when Mirabelle, a Parisian college student, runs into Reinette, an uncultured teenage painter out in the country.  They're faced with a small series of moral and ethical quandaries, two similar minds sculpted by two very different environments, at times frustrated by each other and yet drawn together.  This is perhaps a comedy without the proverb, but Rohmer's philosophic musings are as present as ever.
2017 Arrow blu.
Presented in 1.37:1, I don't have the DVD to compare this to, but the blu-ray restoration here looks consistent with the other blu-ray restorations in this box.  That's something you certainly couldn't say for the DVDs in the old box.  Grain is distinct and natural looking, even in the very dark scenes.  It's another 16mm film, so there's only so much detail, but this blu-ray reveals all there is to see, in a crisp, pleasing image.  Sometimes this film does look a bit on the soft side, but I suspect that's more to do with the original film itself than the transfer.  The audio is the original French mono presented in LPCM 2.0 with optional French titles.  The only special feature is one of those brief TV clips, this time with actress Joëlle Miquel, who not only starred (she's Reinette) but inspired the film.
4 Adventures shares a disc with 1993's The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque, or The Seven Chances.  This is a lesser known Rohmer film, that got little release outside of his home country, and indeed, until the big French set from Potemkine, this film had never even been released on DVD or blu before.  So for many of us, Arrow's box will have been our first encounter with the film.  But this is no less smart or engaging than Rohmer's usual standard, a thoroughly enjoyable story about a mayor (Pascal Greggory from Pauline At the Beach) and his wife who struggle to govern both the upscale city residents and the local country folk.
2017 Arrow blu.
This is another 16mm film, shot handheld on various, often outdoor locations, so it's only going to look as detailed and sharp as it can.  But again, the grain is distinct, so it feels like a very clear, detailed transfer.  It's presented in the slightly unusual aspect ratio of 1.41:1; and again, I'm really just trusting that Arrow and Les Films du Losange are getting it 100% right on each of these films.  But certainly the framing never feels troubled or problematic, unlike, say, that old Fox Lorber DVD of Perceval, which always felt too tight.  Skin tones and natural colors look authentic.  The French mono track is presented in 2.0 LPCM with optional English subtitles and there are absolutely no special features for this film at all, not even a trailer.
The original Arrow DVD set came in two fold-out digipacks housed in an outer cardboard slip-cover, and contained just a single sheet insert. Their new blu-ray boxed set comes in a thick, sturdy slip-box (not unlike their recent House set), housing five clear amaray cases and an impressive, 124 page full-color book.  It features writing on each film by Jonathan Romney, Sophie Monks Kaufman, Geoffrey Macnab, David Jenkins, Geoff Andrew, Tara Judah, Philip Lopate, Andy Miller, Justine Smith and Brad Stevens, respectively.  It's also full of glossy photos and lengthy excerpts from cinematographer Nestor Almendros's book, A Man With a Camera.  And, as usual, it included a card for another of Arrow's upcoming releases: this time I got Robert Altman's Images.

Arrow's new Collection is a pretty terrific box that's hard to criticize, outside of tiny nitpicks (where'd that audio interview go?).  With all its translated special features and 1080p transfers, it's easily the definitive release for the films it includes and has taken the super expensive Potemkine set off my wish-list.  At least for these ten films.  And until some of Rohmer's other films get released on blu, it's great to know most of Potemkine's other blus (i.e. the four seasons films) can be bought separately.  So you can get this ideal box, and still use Potemkine to fill in the blanks.

The Eric Rohmer Collections from Arrow, Part 1 (DVD/ Blu-ray Comparisons)

In 2005, Arrow released an 8-disc DVD boxed set called The Eric Rohmer Collection, which consisted mostly of his Comedies & Proverbs films, plus one or two others.  Now Arrow has just come out with their new limited edition (2000 copies pressed) 9-disc Eric Rohmer Collection.  A few of the films are different, all of the extras are ported over, and more have been added.  Certainly of note to Eric Rohmer fans is that this set follows the famous French set from Potemkine, which I discussed a bit in my Triple Agent piece.  This set sports new restorations that weren't in that set (and has all 1080p transfers, where much of that set was 1080i), and where Potemkine only subtitled the main features, and not the shorts or extras, Arrow a wealth of fully subtitled special features.  Of course, Arrow's new set doesn't include all of the films in the Potemkine set, but for the ten it does, I'd say these are pretty much the definitive releases, especially for English-language fans.

So let's start with the one film that's in the 2005 set but absent from the 2017 one: the oldest feature in either set, 1972's Love In the Afternoon (a.k.a. Chloe In the Afternoon).  It kind of makes sense it wasn't carried over, as it was sort of the odd man out in the old box.  See, Love In the Afternoon is one of the films in Rohmer's famous Six Moral Tales series.  On DVD, these films have typically been boxed together, by Criterion in the US and by Artificial Eye in the UK.  I guess it was just a film Arrow had the rights to and so stuck in the box, but it did feel a little out of place by itself.  I mean, the opening credits even label the film as part 6, so viewers would be wondering "well, where's parts 1-5?"  And the popular theory is that Criterion has plans to release the Six Moral Tales on blu at some point, so okay, its not on here.  I do have the 2006 Criterion set [right], though, so let's compare those.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2006 Criterion DVD below.
Okay, usually I only retain the negative space around a film for a single set of comparison shots when I do it at all, but I left it around both because I want you guys to notice something.  Compare the two Arrow shots, and you'll see it has a curious, shifting aspect ratio.  The Criterion disc is always slightly letterboxed to 1.32:1, while the Arrow shifts around from 1.32 to 1.36:1, although it has less picture information - mainly along the bottom - than Criterion either way.  And no, neither of those shots are from the credits or anything.  It's just an arbitrary shift.  Anyway, that's the least of Arrow's problems.  Look how much more natural the colors are on the Criterion, compared to Arrow's, which seems to have a sickly green hue cast over the whole thing.  Criterion has a much cleaner, more defined look.

Both discs include the original French mono in 2.0 with optional English subtitles.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2006 Criterion DVD below.
The only extra Arrow's disc has is Rohmer's unrelated 1958 short film, Veronique and Her Dunce.  It's a charming, 17-minute comedy about a tutor struggling to teach a young boy determined not to learn.  And, no, it hasn't been included in the 2017 blu-ray box either.  However, coincidentally, it was also included on Criterion's Love In the Afternoon DVD in their Moral Tales box. And here, the differences are much more subtle.  Both are fullscreen at 1.32:1 and seem to be using the same master.  The Criterion is a tiny bit smoother, with the Arrow hinting slightly at the film's original grain.  But it's so slight, the distinction is beyond trivial.  Both films feature the original French mono in 2.0 with optional English subtitles.
Both discs also have the trailer.  Now again, Criterion's disc is part of their big Moral Tales boxed set, so it has a whole bunch of extras.  But in terms of what's directly related to Love In the Afternoon, the only thing they really have is a 12-minute "video afterword" by Neil LaBute.  Unfortunately, it's non-anamorphic and interlaced, but it's interesting for LaBute fans to hear how Rohmer's influenced his work.  So okay, now let's get into all the films that are in 2017 set, including three that weren't in the 2005 set.
1976's The Marquis of O is a fascinating little film.  Usually Eric Rohmer writes and directs his own original screenplays, but this time he's adapted the 1808 novella by Heinrich von Kleist, with almost word-for-for dialogue and on-screen title cards.  It's a fascinating little story, a mystery with an obvious solution everyone will have solved before they've even finished setting it up.  The marquise is rescued from some ruffian soldiers by a Russian officer who defeats her father's army in Italy during the Napoleonic Wars.  Soon after, she becomes pregnant, but insists she never had any kind of sexual relations to have caused it.  Again, there's really no mystery as far as the audience is concerned, but it becomes an alluring comedy of manners and gripping moral debate as all of the characters puzzle over the case, concocting theories and accusations, falling in and out of love.  It's also Rohmer's only film spoken in German, rather than his native French, presumably a nod of extra faithfulness to the source material.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
This is one of 2005 Arrow's best DVDs and therefore one of the closest to its 2017 blu-ray upgrade.  The framing is the same (although the DVD is slightly squeezed, showing the same information in 1.33:1 instead of the blu's 1.37:1) and the detail is strong.  I mean, sure, it's somewhat softer by virtue of being an SD DVD instead of an HD blu-ray, but as we move through this set, you're going to see this gulf is rarely so narrow.  The biggest difference here is the coloring.  This film has a yellowish, candlelit look to it for sure, but the DVD seems to have helped that along excessively by putting a yellow filter over everything, while the blu-ray lets the actual colors shot on film speak for themselves.  Look how the blu in the fire of the second shot has been completely washed away on the DVD, but restored on the blu.  And I don't mean to downplay the HD upgrade in terms of clarity and detail, look how natural the grain is on the blue wall in the first shot, as opposed to the random smudginess of the DVD.  The blu is beautiful, but this is a case where the DVD wasn't so bad either.  That wasn't always the case in the 2005 set.

Both discs feature the original German mono track in 2.0, though the blu is in uncompressed LPCM.  And both discs have optional English subtitles.
The only extra on the DVD is a non-anamorphic trailer, which disappointingly has no subtitles.  It's a strange, amusing trailer, so I was happy to see it translated (and anamorphic) on the blu.  Besides that, the blu gives us a nice but brief archived television with star Bruno Ganz (the internet's famously memed Hitler from Downfall).  It's about four minutes long, and that includes clips from the film, so it's pretty superficial, but better to have it than not.  And on the opposite end of the spectrum, we also get a long and in-depth television documentary on cinematographer Nestor Almendros.  An interviewer asks him about his life, but things get more interesting as he then provides a sort of audio commentary for clips of many of his films, from early student works to Kramer Vs. Kramer.  And yes, it comes near the end, but there's a decent chunk on The Marquis of O, so things don't feel too disconnected.  It's a fascinating piece, but I do wish Arrow had included at least some little thing, even if it was just one of their own employees getting in front of the camera for three or four minutes, just to talk about the original novel and how Rohmer's film relates to it.  Because that's both a very interesting story and kind of essential to fully understanding and relating to the film.  Yes, this film comes with a book; but something on the topic on video would've been great.  Still, compared to previous editions that gave us nothing, it's hard to justify griping, so I'll just move on.
Onto 1976, with another of Rohmer's adaptations, again quite faithful, this time of Chrétien de Troyes' unfinished 12th century romance, Perceval, the Story Of the Grail.  Take a look at my site's banner and take a guess if I like this film.  😉  It's got a fascinating look, based on the look of the more two dimensional art from that period, like Laurence Olivier's technicolor adaptation of Richard III, but taken even further.  Like with Marquis, Rohmer's faithfulness to centuries' old writing without updating it for modern sensibilities gives it a strangely enchanting appeal.  Even the film's score was played live alongside the camera during filming using authentic medieval instruments.  And as far as the basic story, hey, you can't go wrong with an Arthurian classic.

Now Perceval is one of the films added to Arrow's 2017 set that wasn't in their original 2005 box.  But if you want to see how far we've come with this film, I've got the old Fox Lorber DVD from 2000 [left].  It's what I've lived with all these years until this set, now long out of print, rare and still the only DVD edition of this film ever to be released in the USA.  Consequently, it goes for a lot of money used online.  You figure somebody state-side's gotta rescue this film eventually, right?  Especially now that these new masters are out there.  With the decline of physical media, though, maybe not...  But, hey.  Pretty much all of Rohmer's films are fullscreen and shot on 16mm, so maybe it's still good enough if you're not a hardcore AV nerd, right?
200o Fox Lorber DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
Oh boy, no, wrong!  Yes, both films are fullscreen at about 1.33:1 (the DVD's a bit more like 1.31:1); but the DVD is still cropped around all four sides.  But that's nothing compared to the soft, fuzzy hue of the DVD's transfer.  It looks like it was taken from video tape (seriously, it may well have been), and one that had turned puke green at that.  Ugh.  In comparison, the blu looks immaculate, with so much sharp detail brought back to the picture.  That's partially due to the fact that this is one of the few films Rohmer actually shot in 35mm (so was The Marquis now that I think about it...), so there's a lot more to zero in on.  And this is a film where the colors and creative look are really central to its reputation, so it's a relief to see this new restoration (although to be fair, I've seen shots from the Potemkine set, and there's was pretty close to Arrow's, too).

Both films have the original French mono track in 2.0, with the blu's in LPCM.  But hey, why are the subtitles on the Fox Lorber screenshots?  Oh yeah, because they're burnt in on that disc, while they're removable on the blu.  One more point for them.
Unsurprisingly, Fox Lorber's disc is barebones.  But Arrow's come up with two, fantastic French TV docs made during the filming of Perceval that give fantastic, deep looks into the making of this movie.  Each one comes in at just under half an hour.  One focuses more on long interviews with Rohmer and the cast, while the other gets into the filming behind the scenes, showing us everything from the musical rehearsals, set building, even training the horses. And that one talks to more of the crew at the end.  It's awesome that all of this was recorded and preserved, and finally now subtitled into English (that's right, Potemkine, I want you guys to feel bad).
Now with The Aviator's Wife in 1981, we step into the first of the six Comedies and Proverbs films.  All six of these are in both sets, and settle in for a lot of 16mm now, and Rohmer's original scripts.  These are comedies more in the lighthearted classical sense of films that end happily rather than the modern Mike Myers getting kicked in the balls six times style, and each one opens with an actual on-screen proverb that sets up the themes of the story.  In this case, it's "one can't think of nothing."  The story is of a young philosophy student who sleeps days and is up nights, making it difficult for him to spend time with his girlfriend.  He becomes suspicious that she's cheating on him with her ex, a pilot, and he begins to follow him around the city, making a new friend along the way.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
Here's another case where the aspect ratio is rather interesting.  We've gone from a standard (for classic Rohmer flicks) 1.33:1 on the DVD, to a wider 1.67:1 for the blu.  It crops the film vertically somewhat, but also restores some picture along the sides.  And watching the film, it really looks like that extra horizontal information is meant to be in the picture, and DVD has a lot of headroom, so I presume the blu's AR is correct.  The colors are definitely more natural on the blu, and while 16mm is never going to yield a heap more detail, it looks a lot better defined on the blu than the DVD, which has a slightly muddy, somewhat video-tape look to it.  All in all, it's quite a pleasing upgrade.

As we'll see is pretty consistently the case across these sets, both discs feature the original French mono track in 2.0, with the blu being presented in uncompressed LPCM.  And both discs have optional English subtitles.
In terms of extras, we get to one of the cooler features of Arrow's 2005 set: Eric Rohmer himself gives us a 10+ minute "introduction" to the film.  He does this for a bunch of these movies.  They're essentially mini-audio commentaries where he talks over footage from the film, and they're pretty great.  Also included is the original theatrical trailer, and yes, both of these have been carried over to the 2017 blu.

Now, on this same blu-ray they also include Rohmer's 1964 short film, Changing Landscape.  This is almost an industrial film, except at its heart, it's really Rohmer philosophically musing about the naturalism of man-made constructions.  It's mostly of interest for Rohmer devotees to not only see what else he's made, but to find the themes and echoes of this in his other work, and vice versa.  You wouldn't show it to your buddies for some casual entertainment.  This short was also in the 2005 set, but on their My Boyfriend's Girlfriend disc.  I suppose it's an arbitrary distinction, since it has no connection to either feature besides being made by the same filmmaker.  But it's on this blu, so let's compare them here.
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
This is clearly not a new restoration, and the two versions look downright identical.  It's anamorphic on the DVD and in HD on the blu, but I think it's safe to assume they just upscaled the same master.  And that's fine... an updated scan would've been nice, but considering it's just being presented as an extra and didn't look too bad to begin with, I can't say I'm disappointed.  It's a bonus; it looks fine.
Comedies & Proverbs #2 is 1982's A Good Marriage.  The proverb this time is "can any of us refrain from building castles in Spain?" a quote from one of Jean de La Fontaine's fables.  Béatrice Romand, who played the young girl in Rohmer's 1970 Moral Tale, Claire’s Knee, returns as an adult woman in an affair with a married man.  She ends it, resolving to put such caprices behind her and settle into a proper married life.  She and her best friend find an ideal candidate, a wealthy lawyer; but of course, plans have a way of going awry.  Can we create the realities we imagine through sheer determination, or is that just being stubborn and foolish?
2005 Arrow DVD on top; 2017 Arrow blu below.
Again, we go from fullframe (1.30:1) to widescreen (1.67:1), trading vertical information for horizontal.  Still 16mm, but the DVD definitely has a messy, low quality look to it that's really cleared up on the blu.  In terms of color, though, you'll notice this blu leans pretty green, though, which strikes me as a little dubious.  The saturation might be a bit heavy on the DVD, but otherwise its colors actually look more authentic for the most part.  Still, I wouldn't trade the color difference for the serious boost in HD quality, and it's not as noticeable when you're not standing them right next to screenshots from the warmer DVD; but we might've found the one visual weak spot in Arrow's killer set here.

And yup, original French mono track in 2.0, uncompressed on the blu, and optional English subtitles on both discs.
Once again, the 2005 disc gave us a nice Rohmer "introduction" commentary, plus the trailer, and again the 2017 blu-ray ported them both over.  The blu-ray has given us one more addition, a brief interview with star Andre Doussollier.  By brief, I mean very brief - it's less than three and a half minutes long, including a clip from the film.  It's another little archival clip from French television, like the Ganz one with The Marquis of O.  Not exactly a boatload of content, but a happy inclusion none the less.

And hoo, boy.  I'm starting to run out of steam here, and we're only about halfway through this impressive collection of films.  So I think we'll break this up into two parts, ending the first part here, and to be continued in Part 2 coming in the immediate future...