Mon Oncle was the second film (though the first in color) in which director/actor Jacques Tati played the whimsical character of Monsieur Hulot on the screen. The film is a dazzling comic tour de force of intricate slapstick gags and naïve social commentary, stunning technical set pieces, and minimalist staging. The Criterion Collection DVD beautifully showcases this frequently visually stunning film, with an equally stunning digitally remastered transfer. The high-contrast print is always stable and free of video noise or artifacts. Grain is evident at times, but that has more to do with the film stock used and its vintage than with the pristine and careful transfer given to it. The soundtrack, which has likewise been given a major uplift, sounds full and clear throughout. Tati's use of sound was sophisticated, and frequently the punch line to many of his jokes, so the more clear and resonant the soundtrack the better. The film is offered in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The framing seems fine, but some visual information appears to be slightly compromised during some of the shots (i.e. the opening credits). Overall, the full-screen picture is excellent. Terry Jones gives a brief and fitting introduction to the film (as with Criterion's release of Tati's first feature, M. Hulot's Holiday, 1953), elaborating a bit on Tati's brilliant comedic timing and his deft use of satire. One of Tati's short films, the hilarious L'ecole des facteurs from 1947, is also available and a welcome addition. The disc's French-only mono soundtrack is available with optional English subtitles.