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The Claude Chabrol Collection [DVD]

Isabelle Huppert , Jean-François Balmer , Claude Chabrol    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-François Balmer, Christophe Malavoy, Jean Yanne, Fabio Testi
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2006
  • Run Time: 826 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,663 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Claude Chabrol Collection consists of:

  • Les Biches (1968)
  • La Femme Infidele (1969)
  • Que la Bete Meure (1969)
  • Le Boucher (1970)
  • Juste Avant la Nuit (1971)
  • Les Noces Rouges (1973)
  • Nada (1974)
  • Madame Bovary (1991)

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Claude Chabrol, the originator of the French 'Nouvelle Vague' film movement, gets the box set treatment. Known in some circles as the 'French Hitchcock' for his mastery of the suspense medium, and appreciation of the aforementioned director.

Les Biches / Bad Girls (1968): Stéphane Audran is Frédérique, a wealthy woman with lesbian leanings who, on a whim, picks up a young, attractive, impoverished Parisian girl. The relationship that develops is complicated with the arrival of Paul, who becomes a lover to both. However, Frédérique is determined to have him all to herself.

La Femme Infidèle / The Unfaithful Wife (1969): Hélène's (Stéphane Audran) predatory needs are causing problems in her marriage. Believing that his wife may be cheating on him, Charles (Michael Bouquet) hires a private detective. When his worst fears are confirmed, Charles confronts her lover in this tale of betrayal and murder.

Que La Bête Meure (aka: This Man Must Die) (1969): When his son is killed in a hit and run incident, Charles is determined to take revenge. A chance meeting introduces him to Paul, whom he suspects of the murder. He decides to infiltrate Paul's family by faking a love affair with his sister-in-law, only to find that the entire family despise him. It is through this hatred that Charles plots his revenge. A thrilling and twisted tale of vengeance.

Le Boucher / The Butcher (1970): Stéphane Audran plays a lonely schoolteacher who becomes involve...Claude Chabrol Collection - 8-DVD Box Set ( Les biches / La femme infidèle / Que la bête meure / Le boucher / Juste avant la nuit / Les noces rouges / Nada / Madame Bovary ) ( Bad Girls / The Unfaithful Wife / The Beast Must Die / The Butch

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Package 22 Sep 2010
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I bought this set of Chabrol films not knowing what to expect and guided by the numerous positive remarks from previous reviewers. I am certainly not disappointed. This is day 2 and I have seen 4 of the films and can't wait to watch the rest. This is cinematography at its artistic best. These films, while suspenseful very much a la Hitchcock, are a pleasure to watch. No over-the-top, gratuitous violence or sex, but simple stories beautifully told with just the right balance of excitement and sheer, pleasurable viewing. The direction, camerawork and acting - the whole mise en scene - is, to my mind perfectly executed. To label these films 'dated' indicates a purblind,bigoted approach with no true appreciation of, or sensitivity to, the nature of the cinematographic medium.
I would highly recommend this collection and cannot wait to get my hands on volume two which will be top of my Christmas list together with Rohmer and Jean-luc Goddard.
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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments about the running times 1 Oct 2007
This is not a review but I thought I'd comment on some observations made by Mario in an earlier review of the boxset. I noticed that he had compared the running time of the UK version of Les Biches with the US DVD and found it to be six minutes shorter. I checked the BBFC site and discoverd that the UK DVD was not cut, the discrepency comes from the time compression that films undergo when converted to PAL DVDs giving them shorter running times than at the cinema.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money 14 July 2006
Some of Chabrol's best work of the 60s & 70s at budget price. So what if there are few extras when what you get are masterpieces like Le Boucher or Les Biches or La femme infidele for five pounds each. Chabrol is one of the greats of French cinema, an auteur whose films are intelligent, chic and enjoyable to watch. This collection is a great introduction to his cinema. And happily M.Chabrol, in his mid-seventies, is still making films. (Well, the great Chabrol died September 12th 2010, aged 80.........but we still have his films!)
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FILMS, GOOD VALUE 21 Jun 2007
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If you're thinking of buying this, you probably already know Chabrol and don't need me to tell you how great his films are. So let me say something about this particular release.The transfers are very watchable and the sound quite good. They could certainly be bettered, but the price is right and Chabrol movies are more about plot and thought than visual fireworks. They are mainly letterboxed. Despite the claim printed on the discs itself, no anamorphic presentation here (with the exception of Madame Bovary). But the subtitles CAN be desactivated using your remote control. The box is a bit cheap-looking, but I'm not complaining, giving the asking price. A free summer night, a cool drink and a Chabrol movie. Pure bliss.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for 13 Dec 2010
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A quick note about the quality of the DVD's themselves (not the films, which speak for themselves): these discs are exactly the quality you would expect for the price, i.e. crudely compressed and in peculiar aspect ratios. La femme infidele, for example, is neither 4:3, 14:9 nor 16:9, so you have to choose whether you prefer elongated people or squashed people. English subtitles are burnt in. I bought the four-disc Louis Malle box set at the same time, and the quality difference between the two is enormous (I really recommend the Malle set - perfect). I love these films, but they deserve better. Like watching early NTSC video tapes on a 1970's telly with a dodgy tube, and far worse than current YouTube standards. Fine if you're just in it for the story; otherwise you might want your money back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Films that stay with you 22 Oct 2010
By Celia
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There are 8 films on this DVD, some better known than others, but all have that stunning Chabrol quality that really gets under your skin. Le Boucher and Que La Bete Meure really stay with you for days and nights after viewing. Strangely. I felt drawn to the character Charles in La Femme Infidele who murders his wife's lover. I found myself hoping he would succeed in disposing of the body and I watched entranced whilst it slowly disappeared in a murky pond. There are hours of engrossing viewing here. I'm definitely going to get Vol 2
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD aspect ratio issues... 22 May 2011
By belklin
This review is about the quality of the actual DVD box set itself rather than the merits of the movies included in this wonderful collection which have already been discussed in depth here and elsewhere.

Excited in particular to watch Le Boucher on DVD for the first time, I started the movie and I immediately noticed that the aspect ratio was "incorrect" for a 16:9 widescreen television, and checking the cover of disc, it does state that the film is presented in 16:9 widescreen.

The film is actually presented in 4:3 letterbox format with black bars across the top and bottom of the screen hardcoded into the actual transfer itself. This is fine if you're watching on a 4:3 television as the aspect ratio will be correct and nothing would be cropped off from the original image. If, however, you intend to watch it on a 16:9 screen, the frame is "squashed down" and the image appears horizontally stretched due to the matte bars being added across the top and bottom. Most, if not all televisions will allow you to manually "zoom" the image in order to maintain the correct aspect ratio, the degree of accuracy in which you can achieve this will depend on your actual model.

However, this is where the problems begin. Assuming that you do not mind artificially enlarging the image on the screen via your TV, thereby, slightly increasing the noise and pixilation, you will realise that the subtitles are actually hardcoded into the transfer which means that they are displayed halfway between the image and the lower black bar. So, if you were to zoom in order to maintain the correct ratio, you will lose half of the subtitles. As I mentioned earlier, the degree in which you can adjust this in order to retain the subtitles but "squash down" the image will depend on your actual TV.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great films at an incredible price
I watch my videos on the computer, so I didn't encounter any of the technical problems some reviewers described. This is an incredible collection of films. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hille-Taskila
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good value.
Almost all the films in this box-set date from Claude Chabrol's great period (late 1960s/early 1970s), when he seemed to come up with one terrific movie after another. Read more
Published 13 months ago by gustavus
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment
A fine collection of thoroughly enjoyable films from one of the masters of European cinema. Stephane Audran,Jacqueline Sassard, Jean Yanne, Michel Bouquet,David... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brian Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Claude Chabrol Collection Vol 1
I loved seeing some of these films some 35 years ago when I was a student and it was great to have a good value set so I can see more. Just about to start Vol 2 which looks great
Published 16 months ago by Ian Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars Chabrol
It's astonishing that Chabrol is not more widely admired. Just to look at the dates of seven of the eight films in this highly impressive collection is enough to put many of... Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by Filmfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology, but some disappointing image transfers
Viewing some films of this set, one has the impression to watch old VHS tapes. Some other transfers are better. Such film classics need urgent professional digitalization!
Published on 30 Mar 2012 by adriano
4.0 out of 5 stars Speedy arrival
These were due 29th but arrived 28th! Excellent. I sent these as a present so have not seen the quality of the films. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by dieffenbachia
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Having lived many years in Switzerland with access to to French films, I have had the pleasure on
Many occasions to see some of Chabrols films. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by Anna jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Claude Chabrol
My Husband bought Claude Chabrol for us to watch and I bought Claude Chabrol series 1 both excellent, great stories and I wondered why only 1 episode of inspector Lavadin hes... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Mrs. P. A. Hobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Chabrol overview
Nice selection of the Hitchcock fan Chabrol's films.
Of course, Stéphane Audran is very present in the early selections (Chabrol's wife at the time) but also nice to... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by M. John Hughes
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