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Old 06-24-01, 07:37 PM
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Hi, this is my first post...great forum...hope I am posting this in the right section.

Has anyone bought Gaspar Noé's "I Stand Alone" - or is it even available yet? I understand it's being released by Strand. I stumbled on it at the Amazon web site a few days ago and was shocked because I had no advance warning that it was even coming out on DVD. Loved the film, hope the quality is good. Anybody? Thanks.
Old 06-24-01, 08:56 PM
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I liked this film a lot

I don't know if the DVD has beeb released yet or not, thought Amazon.com says it was released on 6-5-01.
Old 06-25-01, 03:27 PM
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?????????? This is one of my all time favorite films (very, very disturbing) which I was lucky enough to see uncut in a collage theater about a year ago. I have been anxiously awaiting this title. PLease someone, post any info they have if this has actually been released.
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http://www.dvdfr.com/dvd/fiche.php3?id=1322

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http://www.planetcinestore.com/cines...vd.php3?id=586

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Old 06-25-01, 04:33 PM
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I thought this was totally unavailable in America. I really want to see it, because some people swear it's more disturbing (artfully) than Salò. It had a brief run in an arthouse around where I lived but I didn't see it there.
Old 06-29-01, 02:47 PM
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Received my copy yesterday and took a cursory glance at it to make sure it looked fine and was uncut (for those who have seen it, you know just how easy that is to determine), which it definitely y is. It is letterboxed, and the print looks fine. The only extras were trailers for other films, the actual trailer for I Stand Alone is absent. I’ll be watching it this weekend and will give an updated review then.
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This one freaked out an audience at a film festival I attended a few years ago. Very disturbing. I don't know if I'd want to keep it in my house.
Old 06-30-01, 10:47 AM
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Originally posted by coffin_booth
Received my copy yesterday and took a cursory glance at it to make sure it looked fine and was uncut (for those who have seen it, you know just how easy that is to determine), which it definitely y is. It is letterboxed, and the print looks fine. The only extras were trailers for other films, the actual trailer for I Stand Alone is absent. I’ll be watching it this weekend and will give an updated review then.
Hey C_B,

Where'd you get it (e-tail or B&M) & wht'd you pay for it cuz Amazon.com show no discount.

thanks in advance, Tony Block
Old 06-30-01, 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by Tony Block
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Hey C_B,

Where'd you get it (e-tail or B&M) & wht'd you pay for it cuz Amazon.com show no discount.

thanks in advance, Tony Block [/B][/QUOTE]
I went with Amazon because I still hadnt used my Ofoto coupon, but seeing as how it is one of my favorite films and I've been looking, waiting for it on DVD, well I would pay retail if I had too. The cheapest place I found seems to be 800.com for $23.45.

Review tomorrow...
Old 07-01-01, 04:49 PM
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Going Postal

Strand Releasing presents a film by Gaspar Noe
Suel Contre Nous (I Stand Alone or One Against All)
theatrical release, 1998
DVD Region 1, released June 2001
letterboxed, French with white English subtitles
93 mins

Description (from the back of the DVD): Plagued by racist, misogynist thoughts and a hair trigger temper, a middle aged, ex-con, former butcher tries to find a job, borrow money, and retrieve his daughter from an institution. If you saw this man walking towards you, you’d cross the street. Director Gaspar Noe decides instead, to take a walk inside his brain.

I Stand Alone pulls no punches in its portrayal of a sociopathic butcher fueled by deep seated bitterness and rage. It is a strange path, as we hear the almost constant narration of his thoughts, which are vulgar, violent, and hopeless, possessed of hatred for the workings of the world and snippets of how at almost every turn his life has been a downward spiral. This is about a man who despises existence, whose optimism has been eroded away, finding little solace, no love, no God, no camaraderie, and little satisfaction beyond loathing, violent outbursts, passionless sex, and fantasies against himself, life, and society in general. You watch him reach the bottom, and when he runs out of options, all bets are off, so to speak.

Noe offers no relief, not only by way of the narration, but by using audio and visual bursts, (gunshots, title cards), abrupt editing, and jarring camerawork to further unsettle the viewer. It is a constant barrage of negativity. For example, when Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle sits in the porn theater, he muses over the decay of New York while blurred pornography plays in the background. When the Butcher sits in the porno theater, his inner monologue is that all man is a “miserable cock”, love is a lie, and the pornography isn’t in the background, its explicitly at the forefront. Bickle drives around the streets, he sees moral depravity and dreams could be washed away. As the Butcher walks the streets, he sees an order or “faggots” and scum out to suppress him. He is still alive only because “Surviving is a Genetic Law” and nothing more, no dreams come true, just failure at every turn. Bickle stares into the mirror and imagines killing the pimps; by the films end, the Butcher stares into the mirror and would probably prefer to slaughter himself and the world...if only he had enough bullets. One man believes morality will save him, the other believes it is holding him back.

It is a hard film to recommend. For fans of darker cinema like The War Zone, Happiness, Funny Games, Requiem for a Dream, or Man Bites Dog. Essentially, it is meant to disturb and does not have a protagonist that will help ease you along in the ride, but this is what makes it more of an honest portrayal of such an individual. I guess something like Salo and the like would be fair comparisons, films that deliberately cause some unease but offer rewards beyond thoughtless entertainment. I Stand Alone is a provocative piece of nihilism, meant to stir one up, and whether you find extreme appreciation or bitter revulsion for the film, I think Noe would consider it successful with either reaction.

The DVD is uncut, picture is good (though grainy and soft, which was purposefully done for the mood), subtitles are white and on the bottom of the frame, sound is good (I recommend turning up the sound loud or wearing headphones to get the "jump" effect of the sound cues- trust me it really helps). The only real complaint is that Noe's short film “Carne” is not included. Essentially, Carne is the 40 min prequel to I Stand Alone, and it is summed up in a montage of stills at the beginning of the film. The price is hefty for such a barebones release, but fans of this type of film shouldn’t be surprised its going to cost a little for such a piece of cinema.


{NOTE}:
Spoiler:
If you read about the walkouts the film had during festivals, it is very, very amusing, especially considering at one point title cards flash, warning the viewer that the next scenes will be offensive and a countdown begins for everyone who would wish to leave the theater.


[Edited by coffin_booth on 07-02-01 at 07:30 PM]
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Thanks coffin-booth, for all your information. I too, wish that the prequel Carne was on the DVD as well.

I blew my DVD pre-order budget for this whole month already (Querelle, Cat o'Nine Tails, Recruits in Ingolstadt, The Bedroom and the Carl Th. Dreyer collection). So now I'll have to wait till August to get my hands on this one, unless I see it at a B&M store.

Your review was most helpful. Thanks.

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Originally posted by coffin_booth
Going Postal

The DVD is uncut, picture is good (though grainy and soft, which was purposefully done for the mood), subtitles are white and on the bottom of the frame, sound is good (I recommend turning up the sound loud or wearing headphones to get the "jump" effect of the sound cues- trust me it really helps). The only real complaint is that Noe's short film “Carne” is not included. Essentially, Carne is the 40 min prequel to I Stand Alone, and it is summed up in a montage of stills at the beginning of the film. The price is hefty for such a barebones release, but fans of this type of film shouldn’t be surprised its going to cost a little for such a piece of cinema.
Finally saw this last night on DVD (as a rental from a local movie theatre, that also runs a video/DVD store). Saw it a year ago on the big screen (same theatre).

Was impressed with the transfer, especially since it's non-anamorphic. The sound at the theatre, though, was unbelievable compared to the DVD. almost fell out of my seat.

cheers, Tony Block
Old 07-09-01, 03:02 PM
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Originally posted by Tony Block


Finally saw this last night on DVD (as a rental from a local movie theatre, that also runs a video/DVD store). Saw it a year ago on the big screen (same theatre).

Was impressed with the transfer, especially since it's non-anamorphic. The sound at the theatre, though, was unbelievable compared to the DVD. almost fell out of my seat.

cheers, Tony Block
I agree, it did the same to me and my friend when we saw it in the theater. We were both worn out by the end of the movie because we had been jumping in our seats, having our hearts race so much. Thats why I suggest watching the DVD with headphones.
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^bump^
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I have the good fortune to live near some very cool video stores. Watched Seul Contre Tous tonight (unfortunately, a VHS with censored opticals for the theatre scene, so it probably was a UK dub).

I won't soon forget this movie, but I don't know if I'll want to own the DVD. The ending shredded me, and it was aesthetically stunning. If you're a brave viewer, you should seek this one out.

Is there any way to get a hold of Carne?
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found it, got it--- amazon now has this available in 24 hour shipping.
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Is there any way to get a hold of Carne?
Its apparently on the European DVD, so if you have a region free player you would be one lucky soul. I'd gladly pay if someone could make me a dub of it. I've been dying to see it for some time now. Anyone???
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Yup, Carne is indeed on the Region 2 disc. Thing is, this disc is only in the original language (which is fine is you speak French).
I have a feeling that this disc might now be getting quite hard to get hold of, so now might be a good time to get it if you really want it. Try:

http://www.amazon.fr

(who certainly were stocking it a month or two back)

or

http://www.dvdzone2.com

FYI, the above shop are also stocking the R2 disc of Baise-Moi at a decent price (€21, I think).

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