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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


DVD Review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:   139 minutes, making of featurette, cast and director interviews, trailers, deleted scenes

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  French 5.1, English 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, French


STUDIO:  Palisades Tartan/ Cohen Media Group

RELEASE DATE:  8-2-2011

OUTSIDE THE LAW is a gripping drama- a historical sequel to director Rachid Bouchareb's DAYS OF GLORY.  It shows another part of the Algerian struggle for independence from France (in France) while THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS showed it in Algeria.   OUTSIDE THE LAW tells this story through the destiny of three brothers- Messaoud goes off to fight the French war with Vietnam, Abdelkader goes to a French prison (for being a protester for Algerian independence, and Said goes to France with their mother where all of them will be reunited).   Said, one of the brothers, ends up in the world of organized crime of Pigalle in Paris and starts training a boxer for boxing matches.  The other two brothers end up in the FLN aka the National Liberation Front (with Abdelkader becoming the leader) who use terrorism in their efforts to get independence for Algeria.   Colonel Faivre, national security police, wants to stop the FLN. 


OUTSIDE THE LAW balances history and drama flawlessly.   Lots of background detail while focusing on the story of the three brothers and the movie even manages to bring in Faivre as part of the story while tying it into the fates of the three brothers.    Rachid Bouchareb has created another classic historical drama.  If he follows with another movie about Algeria, I want a movie on the Satif Massacre.    Rachid has managed to bring forth details about parts of history not frequently heard about like the involvement of Algerian soldiers in World War II in DAYS OF GLORY and the FLN's acts of terrorism (or revolution) in France (where more people probably be more aware of the Algerian Independence movement chronicled in the classic film THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS.  His films inform while also entertain at the same time.



Skip the English dub track and watch the film in the original French with English subtitles.   The dubbed track seems to have the same actors who do a lot of English dubbed tracks and miss out on trying to match the emotion of the performers (and getting the right voice actors for the dub).   Sometimes the subtitles do jump ahead by a couple to a few seconds ahead of the French track on rare occasions while the subs lag behind sometimes in the deleted scenes.



28 minutes of deleted scenes show more scenes with the brothers and their immediate family, Said's covert involvement with the FLN, and Said's conflict with the Corsicans.   Most scenes were cut for pacing and it is true that editing a  film is the final rewrite of the story.    The Making of featurtte is an interesting piece on the making of a film and not the usual dry behind-the-scenes featurettes that populate some French movie DVDs.  It includes interviews with cast and the director in addition to a tour of the sets for the film. 


The director interview is the most interesting as he says OUTSIDE THE LAW is like a historical sequel to his previous film, the wonderful World war II drama INDIGENES aka DAYS OF GLORY.  He says the Setif Massacre in Algeria could create it's own film (even though it lasts only 7 to 8 minutes in OUTSIDE THE LAW).  He recounts his parents and other family members were part of the FLN.   The cast interviews are with the actors who play the three brothers.  Their interviews are as fascinating as the director's interview.


Also included on the disc are the original theatrical trailer and teaser along with previews for other upcoming titles from Tartan.


FINAL ANALYSIS:  OUTSIDE THE LAW is another film that shows that Rachid Bouchareb can combine history with drama.   OUTSIDE THE LAW entertains as it also informs.  It is a nice piece of history that you can see together or apart from his previous film, DAYS OF GLORY.  The disc also has a a nice assortment of extras.


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