Blu-ray, DVD Release: Inspector Lavardin Collection

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.98
Studio: Cohen Media

Chicken with Vinegar movie scene

Lean Poiret (l.) is on the case as Inspector Lavardin in Chicken with Vinegar.

The Inspector Lavardin Collection offers two mystery-suspense films from French filmmaker Claude Chabrol (Les Cousins) — Chicken With Vinegar (1985) and its sequel, Inspector Lavardin (1986), as well as two Lavardin television films by Chabrol.

In Chicken With Vinegar, based on the novel Une mort en trop by Dominique Roulet, a cruel invalid (Stéphane Audran, Babette’s Feast) who consistently terrorizes her teen son into abject obedience, is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project. After several of the principal figures suffer grisly deaths, Lavardin (Jean Poiret, La Cage aux Folles) arrives to get to the bottom of it all.

The two additional Lavardin mysteries—The Black Snail (1988) and Danger Lies in the Words (1989)—are projects that Chabrol directed for television.

Other extras in the set of films, which are presented in French with English subtitles, are audio commentaries by film critics Wade Major and Andy Klein and a new essay by critic Peter Tonguette.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.