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LES COUSINS [THE COUSINS] (Masters of Cinema) (DVD)

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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AMECA8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: Made barely a year after Claude Chabrol's debut Le Beau Serge, Les Cousins featured the earlier film's same starring pair of Jean - Claude Brialy and G érard Blain, here reversing the good - guy/bad - guy roles of the previous picture. The result is a simmering, venomous study in human temperament that not only won the Golden Bear at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival, but also drew audiences in droves, and effectively launched Chabrol's incredible fifty - year - long career.

In Les Cousins, Blain's character journeys from the country to Paris to crash at the luxurious flat of his worldly and decadent cousin, portrayed by Brialy, during the study period for an upcoming law exam which both have set out to undertake. It becomes clear soon enough that only one of the cousins is terribly committed to his work; as sexual promises and alcohol intervene, the set - up becomes untenable for the provincial, - and a tragic slide ensues.

A gripping and urbane examination of city and country, ambition and ease, Les Cousins continues to captivate and shock audiences with its brilliant scenario, the performances of Brialy and Blain, and the assuredness of Chabrol's precocious directorial hand. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Claude Chabrol's breakthrough film in a beautiful new Gaumont restoration on Blu - ray and DVD for the first time in the UK.

SPECIAL DVD EDITION:

  • Gorgeous new Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio
  • New and improved English subtitles
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A 47 - minute documentary about the making of the film
  • L ' Homme qui vendit la Tour Eiffel [ The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower] , Chabrol's 1964 short film
  • A lengthy booklet with a new and exclusive essay by critic Emmanuel Burdeau; a new and exclusive translation of a rare text about actress Françoise Vatel provided for this release by its author, the filmmaker and critic Luc Moullet; excerpts of interviews and writing by Chabrol; and more.


REVIEWS: " Absorbing" - Variety Magazine

" A fine, richly detailed tableau of student life in Paris, and Chabrol's first statement (in his second film) of his sardonic view of life as a matter of the survival of the fittest. " - Time Out

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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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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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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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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