Blu-ray Release: 3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol

Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Price: Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Cohen Media

Cohen Media will release, for the first time on Blu-ray in the U.S., a trio of films by the late, great Claude Chabrol. One of the prime instigators of the French New Wave which came to prominence in the late 1950s, Chabrol was also one of the most prolific and widely respected of French filmmakers, with a career that spanned more than 50 years.

The trio of titles in 3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol are all suspense-tinged drama-thrillers from the 1990s. They include the following:

Betty (1992)
Marie Trintignant is Betty, a woman whose alcohol-soaked life has finally fallen to pieces.  She fortunately falls under the care of an older woman (Stéphane Audran, Babette’s Feast) with a similar background, but her benefactor’s sympathies may be misplaced.

Emmanuelle Béart in 1994’s L’Enfer, one of 3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol.

Torment (L’Enfer) (1994)
Based on a script by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Chabrol explores the point at which jealousy and obsession turn to madness.  François Cluzet (The Intouchables) plays Paul, a young husband who, along with his beautiful wife (Emmanuelle Béart, My Mistress) runs a country hotel.  Paul soon becomes obsessed with his wife’s flirtations, but is it all in his head?

Rien ne va plus (The Swindle) (1997)
Isabelle Huppert (Merci Pour le Chocolat) and Michel Serrault (La Cage aux Folles) star as a couple of small-time con artists looking for the next big game in this psychological thriller tinged with wry humor.  Into their web stumbles a naïve financial courier (François Cluzet, The Intouchables) accompanying what might be their biggest score yet.

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