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Cul-De-Sac: Digitally Remastered [DVD] [1968]

Donald Pleasence , Françoise Dorléac , Roman Polanski    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Price: £17.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N6Q48K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Wounded criminal Dickie (Lionel Stander) and his dying partner are on the run after an unsuccessful heist. They take refuge at a beachfront castle owned by George and Teresa (Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac), who at first are unwilling hosts to the criminals. Dickie has no difficulty dominating the weak-willed George and his compliant wife and holds them hostage in their own home as they wait for the arrival of the mysterious Mr. Kattlebach. Teresa proves more resourceful than her husband as they try to come up with a plan for escaping their captor. Extensive extras include Making Of Featurette , Stills Gallery, Trailer & Roman Polanski South Bank Show Excerpt

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polanski classic 16 Feb 2012
I first watched this movie back in 1988 on channel 4 one evening.
At the time I was reading Stephen Kings - The Shining and put the
book down for a ten minute break. Upon the opening titles of
CUL-DE-SAC I quickly became engrossed in this fantastic b&w movie.
From this moment I had the need to visit the movie location of
Holy Island on the Northumberland coast. Ten years later in 1998
I visited Holy Island for the first time and climbed the very stone
staircase that Lionel Stander climbed back in 1966. I really feel that
Polanski managed to capture the sense of isolation on this tidal island
very well and although dialogue is limited during the movie, one can sense
the amounting tension. I highly recommend this movie to any b&w movie fans
and those wishing to sample an early Polanski classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an event..Polanski vs Pleasence vs Stander! 26 May 2013
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is one of those great "Art" films - a term I don't like much, but which has to be applied here. It's about time this got a good DVD release and ODEON have done us proud. Beautiful B/W 1.78.1 photography, Crystal clear picture. The sound leaves just a little bit to be desired, but that is mainly due to Plesence's tendency to mumble hysterically (which of course is his character),and Dorleac's occasional impenetrable accent, neither of which spoiled a moment of this film's pleasures. What performences Pleasence and Stander give! Both probably deliver the best performences of their careers, and I just marvelled at them both. Dorleac is so just right as the (odd) young trophy wife, and adds her madness to the plot, as well as her rather perfect nude body. It doesn't seem a moment too long at 107' and made me want to watch "REPULSION" again. Highly recomended to everyone who likes slightly different, non mainstream cinema (I hope those words don't limit an audience to film buffs only). Oh, Jack MacGowran is pretty good too!!. There are extras too, but I haven't watched them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Polanski 27 April 2013
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I'd forgotten how good this film was, I last saw this in 1968 at Art College and enjoyed it then. I visited Lindisfarne only last week which prompted me to buy the DVD. The atmospheric castle and location filmed in black and white are stunning. The unlikely mix of characters are superb especially Jack MacGowran and Donald Pleasence.

The 'Two Gangsters and an island' bonus feature is a great insight into the making of the film.

A must for Polanski fans.
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