Aug 132022

Hotel du Nord comes to Blu-ray courtesy of The Criterion Collection and is available on August 23rd. The Blu-ray comes with a couple documentaries, interviews and a trailer.



Hotel du Nord
— The Criterion Collection —

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
The Criterion Collection| NR – 97 min. – $39.95 | August 23, 2022

Date Published: 08/13/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Marcel Carné
Writer(s): Eugène Dabit (novel); Henri Jeanson & Jean Aurenche (adaptation)
Cast: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Arletty, Paulette Dubost

Features: Featurettes, Interviews, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: French (PCM 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 47.82 GB
Total Bitrate: 39.75 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A



Anguished young lovers, fallen women, wanted criminals, and all manner of social castoffs: these are the disreputable denizens of the Hotel du Nord, an atmospherically seedy boardinghouse on the bustling banks of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, whose lives collide.



This release comes housed in a clear HD keep case and inside is a booklet containing an essay from film and theater scholar Edward Baron Turk.

The Poetic Vision of Marcel Carné (18:32) — Recorded in 2022, Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Journalist Phillippe Morisson discuss Marcel Carne’s contributions to French cinema.

Making Hotel du Nord (33:14) — Airing on television in 1972, this includes interviews with Carne, Screenwriter Henri Jeanson, and Actors Arletty and Jean-Pierre Aumont.

Carné, You Said Carné (30:15) — 1994 documentary offers a primer on Marcel Carné’s career.

Trailer (4:28)


VIDEO – 5/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Hotel du Nord comes to Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection presented in the original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. This is brilliant looking picture, detail is sharp and well defined throughout and showcases a nice balance between the blacks, whites and grays. There were no obvious signs of artifacts, aliasing or other flaws making yet another wonderful restoration work from Criterion.

The movie comes with a French language PCM Mono track which I found to sound pretty fantastic; dialogue comes across with great clarity and really no discernible bouts of pops or hisses. And even for a singular track, there is some okay depth with background noises.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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