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Belle De Jour [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.5 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKP9
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The film itself is disturbing and lovely in equal measure, this is just a quick review of the Criterion bluray.
Transferred to 1.67:1 with French LPCM 1.0 and English subtitles.
Extras include :
That obscure source of desire: A documentary by Susan Bright and Linda Williams discussing the themes and message of the film. 19 mins.
Jean - Claude Carriere: Interview with with the screenwriter. 11 mins.
Cinema: A French tv programme with interviews of Carriere and Deneuve on set. 8 mins.
Original French trailer. 3 mins.
U.S. trailer and re-release trailer. 4 mins.
Commentary by Professor Michael Wood discussing every aspect of the film.
Last but not least: A 28 page booklet with an essay by critic Melissa Anderson and a 1970s interview with Luis Bunuel.
This is without doubt the version to get, looking and sounding wonderful. The downside is that you'll need a zone free player to watch this region A bluray. Buy one now.
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It's quite amazing that a film like this could have been made in 1967. Absolutely a classic. A fascinating exploration of female masochistic fantasies, from the opening sequence to the end. Yet there's very little nudity: it's all hinted at. And the 2007 transfer to DVD is really excellent quality for a film of this age: vibrant colors and good resolution. If the theme interests you, you should definitely watch this.
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Bunuel's film still seems as vital and compelling now as it must have in 1967, and is a remarkable portrait of the split between fantasy and reality, and where a loss of grip on the latter can lead. Severine (Catherine Deneuve) seems to have everything: youth, beauty, wealth, a husband, Pierre, who adores her and is completely worthy of love; yet she is unable to respond sexually to him, finds herself drawn to working as a prostitute by day and gets hooked on the psychological states it gives her. The scenes in the brothel are often funny, thanks to the acting, and the fantasy of some of the customers. A Japanese client has a strange box which sounds as if it contains a buzzing insect - we never see inside it; a gynaecologist needs to be humiliated in an elaborate mistress/servant role that Francoise Fabien's character seems to have down to a T, although she is clearly as bored as he is compelled by the whole thing. Severine initially keeps going for her bag and coat, these scenarios seem so unconscionable to her, but once she gets in the swing of things she throws herself in with gay abandon, which is quite funny in itself. The brothel also shows a touching camaraderie between the three girls and the madam, played by Genevieve Page with hints of lesbian tenderness for her girls.

The other tenderness comes from Pierre, every inch the loving husband; so that what ultimately happens couldn't be crueller. The double life goes 'well' for a time, until Severine encounters a hoodlum who falls for her, who is excessively macho. She seems to find him very exciting. She and Pierre also have a friend, played by Michel Piccoli, who seems to understand Severine's hidden side, gives her the vital information, and then acts in savage ways ...
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Luis Bunuel's masterpiece has an air of reality suffused with dreams and the two intermingle until neither is eventually distinguishable from the other. Severine (Catherine Deneuve) longs for the excitement and passion she can only find in her dreams, until on a whim, she slips into a second life as a mistress at a brothel. Thankfully, the almost innocent, but still very kinky without being graphic dream-like atmosphere is maintained throughout and preserves the purity of Belle De Jour (1967) for the cinematic ages. Picture quality and sound are good, you also get a wonderful glossy booklet in this 40th Anniversary Edition from StudioCanal and Optimum. With all of these additions, this excellent DVD edition of Belle De Jour (1967) has pride of place within my own DVD collection. Beautiful indeed <3.
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One of Bunuel's greatest films and his very first essay in colour, it's about a young Parisienne (Catherine Deneuve), a doctor's wife who takes to prostitution to relieve sexual frustration and repression. Her clients range from a Korean who has something nasty in his box to a boisterous businessman, and from an S/M lover of the whip to a baron with a taste for necrophilia. She is found out by her husband's friend (Michel Piccoli) and is stalked by a gangster. We are never sure if what we are shown is real or imagined as Carriere and Joseph Kessel's screenplay teases us from beginning to end. Here the narrative structure, the cutting style and the unexplained slipping into different modes of consciousness all show the spectacular success with which Bunuel dovetails old concerns (his usual moral investigation into the cultural psychosis of the middle class) with French New Wave technique. Old wine in a new bottle perhaps, but the new 60s climate allowed for a much more open take on sexuality than Bunuel had ever been allowed before and Deneuve is sensational. Psychologically astute and emotionally complex, it is also surprisingly discreet.
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