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The Claude Chabrol Collection - Vol. 2 [DVD]

Claude Chabrol    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 636 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JR0C7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,457 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Box set collection of six classic films from the French New Wave director. In 'Innocents With Dirty Hands' (1975), looking for distraction from her passionless marriage, Julie Wormser turns to the arms of family friend, Jeff Marie. Julie's ailing husband Louis is 18-years her senior and becoming increasingly less attentive, and Jeff's feelings for her are barely concealed. However, when distraction is no longer sufficient, she turns to Jeff again - this time lookling for a permanent solution. In 'Who's Got the Black Box' (1967) the wife of an undercover NATO officer comes under suspicion when he is murdered. Determined to clear her name, Shanny (Jean Seberg), sets out to uncover the truth and clear her name. In 'Pleasure Party' (1975), swinger Philippe (Paul Gegauff) gets more than he bargained for when he suggests that he and his wife Esther (Daniel Gegauff) try having a few affairs. When his wife takes him at his word, becoming less and less dependent on him, Philippe's jealosy and possessiveness rears its head. In 'Cop Au Vin' (1985) a small French town suffers a string of murders, Inspecteur Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is despatched to find the culprit. Discovering that the local postman, Louis Cuno (Lucas Belvaux) has been using his position to gather information on potential rivals, Lavardin starts to dig deeper, using any tactics necessary to get his man. Family tensions rise in 'The Flower Of Evil' (2003) as local mother Anne decides to run for mayor. Her decision brings old wounds to the surface, prompting a slanderous letter in the local newspaper accusing the family of, among other things, incest. Although the family maintains a united front, there are hints of even greater secrets to emerge. In 'The Break Up' (1970) Stephane Audran plays Helene Regnier, who has just left her mentally-ill husband Charles (Jean-Claude Drouot) after he assaulted their son. When Charles's parents hire family friend Paul Thomas (Jean-Pierre Cassel) to get some dirt on Helene before the custody battle, he eagerly takes to his new assignment.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Innocence With Dirty Hands (1975): Beautiful Julie Wormser (Schneider) is unhappily married to rich, drunk slob Louis (Steiger), so plans to kill him with the help of her panicky young lover Jeff Marle (Giusti). ; Who's Got The Black Box (1967): When US radar installations in Greece are jammed and an undercover NATO security man is killed, suspicion falls on his widow, who sets out to find the real culprits and prove herself innocent.; The Flower Of Evil (2003): Francois (Benoit Magimel), the handsome young son, returns home from a 3-year stay in Chicago, and quickly rekindles a fiery romance with his cousin, Michele (Melanie Doutey). ; Pleasure Party (1975): Phillipe and Esther live an apparently idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss, Phillipe decides that he and Esther should each have affairs, being sure to tell each other openly about them. ; The Break Up (1970): Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. ; Cop Au Vin (1985): Based on a novel by Dominique Roulet, introduces the character of Inspecteur Lavardin, a loner detective whose affable exterior hides a man willing to go to any lengths to find the truth, though his tactics are sometimes questionable. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Goya Awards, ...Claude Chabrol Collection (Vol. 2) - 6-DVD Box Set ( La route de Corinthe / La rupture / Une partie de plaisir / Les innocents aux mains sales / Poulet au vinaigre / La fleur du mal ) ( The Road to Corinth / The Breach / Pleasure Party / In

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Chabrol is an acquired taste, so the two Arrow box sets are not only great value (especially at Amazon discount prices) but also a good way to get a taste for the cool detached droll pleasures of Chabrol's cinema.
Individually the films can seem slight but collectively Chabrol's approach becomes clearer & more enjoyable. Basically, he uses popular mainstream genres (eg the Hitchcockian psychological thriller) but uses them as a vehicle for his obsessions involving questions of guilt & justice, as well as for satire at the expense of the French bourgeoisie & authority. But it's probably a mistake to take the films too seriously, mostly Chabrol (like Hitchcock) seems to enjoy playing around with the stock plots, scenarios and characterizations of thrillers as a pleasure in itself.
Chabrol's good films work both as thrillers and as darkly comic "deconstructions" of the genre, but the less good films become little more than uneven potboilers. Almost all the films in box set volume one are good - deliciously plush & perverse efforts from Chabrol's late 60s / early 70s heyday. I have to say that this second volume (six films), on the other hand, is a rather motley collection.
"Road to Corinth" is cheapo 60s B movie spy thriller, though enlivened by the presence of Jean Seberg. "The Breach" is nutty over the top melodramatic farce. "Pleasure Party", about a man's pathological jealousy finally becomes untenable & genuinely nasty. Not a pleasant film. The seductive "Innocents with Dirty Hands", with Romy Schnieder as the murderess on St Tropez, is close to being classic Chabrol despite an overly convoluted plot.
The box ends with two films from Chabrol's late return to form.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars la grande passion 13 Feb 2010
By Thermos
Chabrol's subject is the strong emotions: jealousy, greed, guilt. His films mostly include crimes, but the investigation is a side-show, the policeman a minor character. Chabrol studies the perpetrator taking him or her through various stages. These are bleak films, the settings are off season seaside resorts, country houses, small towns or suburbs. The characters are mainly the bourgeoisie, no working class crime here. Compelling, beautifully filmed and constructed. Chabrol uses a small repertory group of actors who are clearly comfortable with him and he with them. The one surprise is, that while he has tackled Flaubert, Chabrol has never attempted Zola. Therese Raquin could have been written for him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic French cinema 19 April 2013
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Chabrol films always fascinate and contain surprises which keep you on the edge of your seat. He also portrays French social life in the era excellently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Overall this is a good set of films at a fairly good price. The transfers are above standard and the 6 movies are all on single discs, The packaging is also good although there is minimal technical information (individual run times etc.) provided. I would have awarded this 5 stars except 3 of the 6 movies are presented as 1.85:1 aspect ratio WITHIN a 1.33:1 (4:3) frame. This means that to view this on a standard wide screen TV you either have black bars on all 4 sides or the image is stretched sideways if want to lose the side black bars. I believe these 3 movies are probably pre-widescreen TV DVD productions designed for old style analogue 4:3 TVs. Instead of reworking the original images for modern TVs they have taken the lazy road and simply repackaged them into this set. Shame shame shame...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Claude Chabrol Collection - good value? 2 Aug 2013
Good value collection - 6 films for less than £20 - got to be good!. Never really been into Chabrol before, preferring Melville, Louis Malle and Truffaut but as an intro to Chabrol this a good way to go.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable 15 April 2010
By X.W.
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At least 4 out of 6 films are very watchable. The first one Road to Corinth is too silly to be taken seriously. The last one The fower of Evil is too contrived for my liking. My favourite is Innocents with dirty hands with Romy schneider and Rod Steiger, whose acting skills are remarkable although the story is a bit convoluted and has a messy ending. Pleasure Party is a character study of the jealousy of a monstrous husband. The Breach (La rupture) shows class warfare and snobbism of bourgeoisie in France not too different from English society.
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