Don't Look Now

(Wenn die Gondeln Trauer tragen | Ne vous retournez pas)

by Nicolas Roeg

UK / Italy 1973

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Nicolas Roeg
Peter Katz
Executive Producer:
Anthony B. Unger
Production Companies:
British Lion / Casey Productions Ltd. / Eldorado Films
Chris Bryant, Allan Scott (based on a short story by Daphne DuMaurier)
Anthony B. Richmond, B.S.C. (Technicolor, 1.78:1)
Graeme Clifford
Music Score:
Pino Donaggio
Art Director:
Giovanni Soccol
Peter Davies, Bob Jones
Julie Christie (Laura Baxter), Donald Sutherland (John Baxter), Hilary Mason (Heather), Clelia Matania (Wendy), Massimo Serato (Bishop Barbarigo), Renato Scarpa (Inspector Longhi), Nicholas Salter (Johnny Baxter), Ann Rye (Mandy Babbage), Adelina Poerio (Dwarf), Sharon Williams (Christine Baxter)
109 min (2973 m)
7 December 1973
BAFTA Film Award 1974 Best Cinematography: Anthony B. Richmond

"A superbly chilling essay in the supernatural ... it's hypnotically brilliant as it works remorselessly toward a sense of dislocation in time."
— Tom Milne, Time Out

"This is the fanciest, most carefully assembled enigma yet put on the screen. ... an example of high-fashion gothic sensibility ... but there's a distasteful clamminess about the picture. Roeg's style is in love with disintegration."
— Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies

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Paramount Region 1 vs. Kinowelt Region 2

R1 screenshots courtesy by Gary Tooze /

Paramount Home Entertainment
Region 1 (North America)
Kinowelt Home Entertainment / Arthaus / StudioCanal
Region 2 (Germany)
109:56 min 105:26 min (+ 4% PAL Speedup = 110 min)
1.78:1/16:9 Anamorphic WideScreen
Average Bitrate: 5.40 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.78:1/16:9 Anamorphic WideScreen
Average Bitrate: 5.66 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
R1 is more on the yellow side, R2 more on the blue side of the colour spectrum. R2 is slightly windowboxed to prevent overscan
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Français Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Deutsch Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
The UK version of this transfer claims a 2.0 Surround mix (see below), "but there appears to be no stereo element at all" (DVD Times). Sound is very poor (distortion!) on all versions
English • Closed captioned English, Deutsch
• Theatrical Trailer • Theatrical Trailer (02:13 min, 1.78:1/16:9)
• 8-Pages Booklet with Production Notes
The UK version of this transfer features a 20-min documentary (see below)
DVD Release Date: 3 September 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 15
DVD Encoding: NTSC Region 1
DVD Release Date: 27 March 2001
Keep Case
Chapters: 20
DVD Encoding: PAL Region 2

Also available in the same transfer from StudioCanal in France and the UK:

Video: 1.78:1/16:9 • Audio: English DD 2.0 Mono, Français DD 2.0 Mono • Subtitles: Français • Features: Filmographies, Trailer, Photo Gallery

Video: 1.78:1/16:9 • Audio:
English DD 2.0 Surround [??] • Subtitles: None • Features: Documentary Don't Look Now - Looking Back which includes interviews with Director Nicolas Roeg, Director of Photography Anthony Richmond, and film editor Graeme Clifford (20 min). Original theatrical trailer. DVD ROM feature: PDF theatrical press brochure

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Average Bitrate Region 1:
5.40 mb/s

Average Bitrate Region 2:
5.66 mb/s

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Last update: 20 Sep 2002