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36 Quai des Orfevres ( 36 Quai des Orfèvres ) [DVD] [2006]

Daniel Auteuil , Gérard Depardieu , Olivier Marchal    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Valeria Golino, Roschdy Zem
  • Directors: Olivier Marchal
  • Writers: Olivier Marchal, Dominique Loiseau, Franck Mancuso, Julien Rappeneau
  • Producers: Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Franck Chorot, Grégory Barrey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Gaumont
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000934BRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: From the opening sequence of 36 Quai des Orfèvres that shows intercutting parallel sequences between a band of thugs who break into a bar and physically abuse the proprietress and a pair of vandals who pry off a street placard and subsequently emerge in the private room of a bar with other drunken, trigger-happy carousers, Olivier Marchal establishes the film's overarching moral ambiguity and blurred delineation between criminals and undercover police. Ostensibly a professional (and inferentially personal) competition between two seasoned law enforcement agency lead investigators Denis Klein (Gérard Depardieu) and Léo Vrinks (Daniel Auteuil) as they try to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for a string of boldly executed, daytime armored car robberies by any means possible in order to secure a promotion to commissioner, the rivalry soon escalates into a protracted, acrimonious, and increasingly reckless and unethical power struggle for professional validation, glory, and revenge. Drawing inspiration from the filmmaker's former career in law enforcement as well as a beloved national cinema legacy of atmospheric and highly stylized crime thrillers (that include such eminent filmmakers such as Louis Feuillade, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Henri-Georges Clouzot), 36 Quai des Orfèvres is an accomplished and entertaining film that is bolstered by the impeccable performances of a strong lead and supporting cast. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...Department 36 ( 36 Quai des Orfevres ) ( 36 (Thirty Six) )

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best French Crime Film in Years. 6 Nov 2006
By steve b
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Daniel Autreil and Gerard Depardieu are the heads of two rival sections of the Paris police. Both have been given the task of catching a gang of violent and ruthless armed robbers. The prize for whoever catchs them is that he will become the new Chief of Detectives. The problem is that both of the are as violent and ruthless as the criminals they chase. Neither of them minds breaking the rules as long as they catch the criminals. Auteuil however is still mainly concerned with catching the bad guys even if he has to break the law to do it. For Depardieu however the prospect of promotion has become everything, he is quite willing to sabotage Auteuil's plans if it will help him further his career. Also there is a hint that they were once rivals for the love of Auteuil's wife.

This film is one which drags you into it's milleu, in this case the underworld of Paris. I suppose that Auteuil and Depardieu are the top actors in France today and neither disapoints. For Depardieu however this is his best performance in years and proof of what a great actor he is. He can do more with one look than even the best actors can with twenty minutes of dialogue.

IN the past the French have made many great gangster films and while this may not be up to the likes of Bob le Flambour or Rififi it is the best French crime film in years.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 (Quai des Orfevres) 18 Oct 2006
The previous reviewer is correct that the film is not like its American cousins but thats about all he's right about. This is a proper dark cop/gang thriller that doesn't conform to the usual yank tosh and subsequently is all the better for it.

No there are no enormous explosions or flash motors tearing around all over the place but if thats what you want go and buy Bad Boys. If on the other had you are looking for a realistic and well made film you can't go wrong here. The film is made by Oliver Marchal who was himself a Policeman in Paris so he knows his subject and it shows. I haven't enjoyed a film so much in a long time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb french film 26 Oct 2006
After being dragged kicking and screaming to the local arthouse cinema to watch this film by a French language student, I found myself spellbound for the entire duration of the film. The acting, the gritty realistic shooting and almost scarily believable plot made for one of the best thrillers I have seen for a long time. I have eagerly been awaiting its DVD release since I origianlly saw it. Buy this film!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Former cop Oliver Marchal's classy French policier has in its favour it has two great performers on top form in Daniel Auteuil and, especially, Gerard Depardieu (who gives surprising depth to what appears to be a seriously underwritten part consisting mainly of troubled glances) and the neatest set of moral bear traps to face a movie cop since the original Insomnia as the two veterans compete for a promotion with disastrous consequences. Yet while the performances are strong and the script better than average for the genre, the musical score is a major problem that unfortunately works so strongly against the film that it ends up drowning many of its good points. It's not that the main theme is bad, but does it HAVE to be used without variation in almost every single scene in the last two thirds of the picture? Sadly, this is by no means an exaggeration, and the repetition does the film no favours.

A US remake with a no-doubt sleepwalking Robert De Niro is in the offing, but while you're waiting, Tartan's DVD boasts a decent subtitled 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with a good selection of extras, although Marchal's audio commentary, the 69-minute documentary and other extras from the more comprehensive French 2-disc DVD release (which only has English subtitles on the feature itself) are missing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pitch black and beautiful 7 Dec 2008
Several reviewers have compared 36 Quai des Orfevres with Michael Mann's "Heat"Heat (2 Disc Special Edition) [1995] but in my view this is superior. "Heat" has a kind of writing-by-numbers quality that comes in so many Hollywood movies from the fact that screenwriters go to screenwriting courses at college and so get strait-jacketed by theories about "Three-Act Structure" or "Five-Act Structure". French films seem more concerned to follow character and character interaction, and have the gung-ho stuff take care of itself when it arises naturally. French audiences would entirely get the reference to Henri-Georges Cluzot's 1947 masterpiece, "Quai des Orfevres" Quai Des Orfevres [1947], and the film needn't fear any comparisons.

There is action aplenty in "36", some of it not when you expect, but the film is mainly concerned with the Grudge Match between two cops, Vrinks (Daniel Auteuil) and Klein (Depardieu), fuelled by natural antipathy and the fact that Vrinks took Klein's girl. The obsessive competition leads them deeper and deeper into a moral mire. Directed by an ex-cop (Olivier Marchal), who also co-wrote, it is a film steeped in police culture, the cameraderie, the politics, the bureaucracy. It plays on the grubbiness and the moral compromises involved in using informers; both Vrinks and Klein touch pitch and are defiled. It has a devastating world-weariness, and it's pitch black.

Depardieu and Auteuil are superb, but to me the honours go to Depardieu. It's all to do with faces (there are a lot of close-ups in this movie).
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1.0 out of 5 stars DVD does not play + unbelievable bad service from amazon
The film is excellent.
But the DVD does not play. It is the second time I ordered this DVD, and I tried it on 3 players, nothing works. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Bärli
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite great--but good
Great, intense, French cop show involving betrayal, murder, ambition. The only 'complaint' I have is that Gerrard Depardieu is just not very convincing as the conniving 'bad cop'. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kanenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent French noir detective film
Griping French detective film with great actors- we have watched it over and over and still love it.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C. J. Poore
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
great dvd would recommend this seller
Published 1 month ago by Mr E Noble
2.0 out of 5 stars too violent as bad as american bruce willis
too violent
as bad as american bruce willis films
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Alastair Burnett
3.0 out of 5 stars The Right Ingredients - But It's Overcooked
Coo - what a cast! It all looks great...and's sort of like "Heat" (which I didn't rate that highly, despite some terrific bits) but not so good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Exkingzog
4.0 out of 5 stars Heat it's not.
Loved Heat, 36 is good but not as great as Heat. Not sure about the ending. Left a little to be desired, but maybe that was the idea.
Published 5 months ago by Crowd Pleaser
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Excellent film, good acting and story line. Had seen it at the cinema before and wanted to have my own copy
Published 16 months ago by Jono
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed the arrival late but perfect
Perfect quality, did not have any dramas regarding the different regions in DVD players (since I am based in Australia). Although the items lot arrived so late they display well.
Published 17 months ago by Raquel Martinez
2.0 out of 5 stars An elaborate, uneven film that reeks of "let's hook the audience"...
It has a few (very few!), brief (very brief!) cinema moments that evoke GODFATHER 1, but these are fleeting and don't typify the film as a whole. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ronald Haak
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