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on 17 May 2013
The 2nd Chabrol after his debut Le Beau Serge is a tale of 2 cousins who are the complete opposite of eachother. Again with Jean-Claude Brialy and Gérard Blain in the leading roles. The one cousin is a hard studying and shy guy who falls in love with the wrong woman and the other cousin is a bon vivant who throws parties at any given circumstance. You get a beautiful long car drive by shot in the streets of Paris ( which always gets my full attention ). The Eureka!/Masters of Cinema Blu-Ray re-release is stashed with lots of extra's and a beautiful booklet as usual. The purchase of this movie as well as Le Beau Serge is essential for any admiror of the French nouvelle vague. And yes the film and the characters are dated but hey what do you expect ? A Hollywood remake ?
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As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the 1959 French classic “Les Cousins”. And the BLU RAY is available in a number of territories. But which issue to buy?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the “Masters Of Cinema” REGION B release reportedly uses the same restored elements and will play on UK machines.

Check you’re purchasing the right version ‘before’ you buy the pricey Criterion release...
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on 15 October 2013
One of the very first Chabrols made! If you like the later Chabrol movies this one will help you to understand where he caws coming from...My partner and me have watched nearly all his other ones.Quality of blu-Ray (Black and White)is outstanding and there is extra content on disc(interviews etc.) and comes with little booklet too
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on 19 September 2014
Great film,superb transfer !
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on 5 March 2015
excellent
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on 10 May 2013
I bought this DVD as it had received a good review in the newspaper. I watched for 45 painful minutes before ejecting it from the DVD player. It is slow, dated and the characters are REALLY annoying. Not one of the characters is appealing. The portrayal of young Parisians as hedomistic, uber-wealthy, slightly bored types spiralling towards an inevitable bad ending can't be entertainment...can it? Even the character of the bookshop owner seemed far fetched. Abominable - I have given it to a very good charity shop.
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