Blu-ray, DVD Release: Monsieur Verdoux

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Monsieur Verdoux movie scene

Charles Chaplin is Monsieur Verdoux.

Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times) plays against his classic type in the 1947 dark comedy Monsieur Verdoux, which is generally considered to be his most controversial film.

In this film about money, marriage, and murder, Chaplin is a twentieth-century Bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows (including one played by the ever-lively Martha Raye).

Both wildly entertaining and deeply philosophical, the quite-sophisticated Monsieur Verdoux is a multi-level work for its asking of heavy-duty moral questions and for its deconstruction of its superstar’s loveable on-screen persona.

The Criterion DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film contain the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the
Blu-ray edition
• Chaplin Today: “Monsieur Verdoux,” a 2003 program on the film’s production and release, featuring filmmaker Claude Chabrol and actor Norman Lloyd
• Charlie Chaplin and the American Press, a new documentary featuring Chaplin specialist Kate Guyonvarch and author Charles Maland
• New video essay featuring an audio interview with actress Marilyn Nash
• Radio advertisements and trailers
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and reprinted pieces by Chaplin and critic André Bazin

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About Laurence

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.