New Release: Claude Chabrol DVD Thriller Double Feature

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Merci Pour le Chocolat

French filmmaker Claude Chabrol died in September 2010, and on Dec. 14 the same year, First Run Features brought out a double-feature DVD with two of Chabrol’s thrillers, La Demoiselle d’Honneur (The Bridesmaid) and Merci Pour le Chocolat (Thank You for the Chocolate).

Based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, 2004 Demoiselle stars Benoit Magimel (The Piano Teacher) and Laura Smet (daughter of actress Nathalie Baye and French rocker Johnny Hallyday). The film tells the story of bridesmaid Senta, who falls into love at first site when she meets Philippe at his younger sister’s wedding. As they get close, Philippe sees that Senta is shrouded in mystery, and when she asks Philippe to prove his love for her by doing something terrible, he must come to terms with who she really might be.

Chabrol: Two Classic Thrillers DVD boxMerci Pour le Chocolat, produced in 2000, stars Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees) as the perfect head of a company that manufactures Swiss chocolate and Jacques Dutronc (Van Gogh) as her suave concert pianist husband, whose first wife died years earlier in a mysterious car accident. During the movie, questions arise about why Dutronc’s teenage son has no musical talent, and why Huppert insists that everyone sips the hot chocolate she prepares every evening.

The two-disc special edition Chabrol: Two Classic Thrillers From the Legendary Director, priced at $27.95, includes these special features:

  • director interviews
  • biographies
  • photo galleries
  • and the documentary Chabrol Directs the Bridesmaid.


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.