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Overview

Claude Chabrol's engrossing psychological thriller comes to DVD in this modest but well-presented package. The original widescreen aspect ratio of the film is retained. The audio features the original French-language soundtrack, as well as two alternate tracks dubbed into English and Spanish; the disc also includes optional English subtitles. Extras include biographies of the film personnel, stills, and the movie's theatrical trailer. The film-to-video transfer, however, is far from great. In many exterior scenes...
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Overview

Claude Chabrol's engrossing psychological thriller comes to DVD in this modest but well-presented package. The original widescreen aspect ratio of the film is retained. The audio features the original French-language soundtrack, as well as two alternate tracks dubbed into English and Spanish; the disc also includes optional English subtitles. Extras include biographies of the film personnel, stills, and the movie's theatrical trailer. The film-to-video transfer, however, is far from great. In many exterior scenes the focus is soft, and the detail is mushy. This becomes especially noticeable during fast camera movements. On the other hand, given This Man Must Die's long unavailability on home video, this DVD release is a welcome opportunity to see this acclaimed movie.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Letterboxed; Interactive menus; Scene access; Biographies; Trailer; Still gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Yuri German
Often dubbed a French Hitchcock, Claude Chabrol was also greatly influenced by Fritz Lang. In This Man Must Die, Chabrol and his regular co-writer Paul Gégauff use the recurrent Langian themes of fate and revenge to explore how dark instincts are awakened even in the most civilized man. In so doing, the director consciously abandons the conventional mechanics of suspense for psychological nuances and atmosphere. Ambiguity is at the core of the film -- Charles, the "hero," is not as positive as he seems to be, and Paul, the "villain," happens to be a more complex character than he looks on a first glance. Both Michel Duchaussoy and Jean Yanne handle their intricate parts admirably. Yanne's role is flashier, but Duchaussoy manages to run a whole gamut of feelings under the mask of restraint. Caroline Cellier, who substitutes here for Chabrol's regular Stéphane Audran, offers a finely tuned performance as the confused and fragile Helene. Unlike Hitchcock, who greatly relied on elaborate shots and editing, Chabrol often prefers to let the characters explore their emotions before an unmoving camera. Locations also play an important role in the director's films, and the Brittany coast, beautifully photographed by Jean Rabier, further contributes to the movie's chilly atmosphere, as does Pierre Jansen's moody and unobtrusive score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 825307906196
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • Language: Français, English, Español
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 71,065

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Duchaussoy Charles
Caroline Cellier Helene
Jean Yanne Paul
Anouk Ferjac Jeanne
Marc di Napoli Philippe Decourt
Jean-Louis Maury Peasant/Charles' Friend
Dominique Zardi Policewoman
Michel Charrel
Robert Rondo
Jacques Masson
Louise Chevalier Mme. Levenes
Guy Marly Jacques Ferrand
Lorraine Rainer Anna Ferrand
Maurice Pialat Police Inspector
Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director, Screenwriter
Louis Bonnemaison Makeup
Jacques Gaillard Editor
Paul Gégauff Screenwriter
André Genovès Producer
André Girard Musical Direction/Supervision
Pierre Jansen Score Composer
Guy Littaye Art Director
Jean Rabier Cinematographer
Claude Zidi Camera Operator
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [4:05]
2. Chapter 2 [9:22]
3. Chapter 3 [6:20]
4. Chapter 4 [6:09]
5. Chapter 5 [10:30]
6. Chapter 6 [6:58]
7. Chapter 7 [7:25]
8. Chapter 8 [4:49]
9. Chapter 9 [5:51]
10. Chapter 10 [5:41]
11. Chapter 11 [3:37]
12. Chapter 12 [4:31]
13. Chapter 13 [7:00]
14. Chapter 14 [7:07]
15. Chapter 15 [5:25]
16. Chapter 16 [3:10]
17. Chapter 17 [2:58]
18. Chapter 18 [5:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selections
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Biographies
         Director Claude Chabrol
         Michel Duchaussoy
         Caroline Cellier
         Jean Yanne
      Still Galery
   DVD Production Credits
   Audio/Subtiutles Setup
      French
      English
      Spanish
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Version?

    I am unabashedly a fan of Chabrol, and I've read the fascinating and original Nicholas Blake novel and seen the excellent British version, but Chabrol with his complex, enigmatic hero somehow manages to top them both

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    Posted September 22, 2010

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