Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ophélia

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 25, 2017
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $17.22
Studio: Olive Films

The 1962 drama Ophélia by the great French filmmaker Claude Chabrol (Inspector Bellamy) makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Olive Films.

When a high-strung young man of means suspects that his mother and uncle are responsible for the death of his father, he takes inspiration from Hamlet and sets out to reveal their foul deed, wooing the beautiful daughter of his parents’ groundskeeper in an attempt to make her his de facto Ophelia.

Although Chabrol directed the film at the beginning of his career, many of his signatures can already be seen. His tradition of bringing strong female characters to the screen is on full display in this collaboration with Alida Valli (1900) and Juliette Mayniel (Les Cousins).

Some of the other recognizably Chabrol touches include the emergence of several themes, such as the film’s examination of guilt as well as a pivotal scene’s focus on food.

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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.