I finally got to see the French DVD of The Trial. I’d already seen the Milestone DVD of the film a few times, and it’s decent enough, but the French DVD blows it out of the water. It would seem that the print they used to make the French DVD was close to pristine condition. Overall, the quality of this DVD equals or surpasses the best DVD’s I’ve seen for older black and white movies. If you like The Trial, and you have a DVD player that can play Region 2 / PAL DVD’s, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up.
There is no pre-set option to watch the film in English without French subtitles, so to do that, as Jeff indicates above, you have to start the film in French then switch the audio to English. I spent several minutes trying to turn off the French subtitles and found that impossible to do, then I looked up this old thread to find out how Jeff removed them. Starting the movie in French then switching the audio to English worked just fine. Now if I only had a nice widescreen HDTV to watch it on….