La Haine – Ultimate Edition

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Just over 10 years ago Mathieu Kassovitz's dark film, La Haine, was first released.
The ultimate edition DVD is a really cool release, as it is a numbered 3 disc limited edition set which comes in a very tasty metal tin. Not only do you get the film, but you also get the soundtrack and a new documentary - 10 years of La Haine.
The special features are listed as follows:

  • Mathieu Kassovitz Audio Commentary
  • Scenes In Colour
  • Behind The Scenes Footage
  • 10 Years Of La Haine Documentary
  • La Haine Original Soundtrack On CD
  • The 2005 Paris Riots
  • After The Riot An Essay On La Haine By Keith Reader
  • Trailers

When I was following the news of the 2005 riots in Paris I couldn't help but think of La Haine and now this DVD includes coverage of it all ....
The Amazon list price shouldn't put you off, as you'll find market place vendors such as Caiman selling it for lower
Edit: Image of the tin added
La Haine - Ultimate Edition (Limited Edition Steel Tin packaging) [1995]
Edit: Whoever decided that forcing subtitles on viewers should be shot. If I want to read the subtitles I'll choose to do so. Please don't force them on me!

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3 Responses to La Haine – Ultimate Edition

  1. Zascar July 18, 2006 at 9:17 am #

    I first saw this movie when I was about 15, we had this really cool frech teacher who taught us french through really cool french movies like La Haine. It is a fantastic, moving, powerfull piece of movie history. Aparantly when it came out, the president sat all his ministers down and made them watch the movie, and said “this, this what is wrong with our country – we need to fix it”.
    Thanks for reminding me I’m definitely going to go see it again. Would love to see it in the cinema though…

  2. Cormac July 20, 2006 at 5:32 pm #

    Possibly one of the most spectular scenes in the movie is the reversal from the top window of an apartment block to the streets below. A tramline type system was put in place to film it, i originally thought a blimp device was used.
    Michele, are the subtitles on the actual viewing area or are they on a black background throughout the movie with some kind of aspect ratio enforced? The most disapointing aspect of the version that I bought a few years ago is the fact that the subtitles are in white and the movie is of course in black and white! Ridicilious!

  3. michele July 20, 2006 at 5:35 pm #

    The subtitles with the Ultimate Edition are perfectly legible (see my edit above!)
    There’s also a couple of extra features on the making of though I haven’t had a chance to watch the documentary yet

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