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Crimson Rivers
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The Crimson Rivers

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Director: Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès

 
Mathie Kassovitz's serial killer thriller The Crimson Rivers comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles

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Mathie Kassovitz's serial killer thriller The Crimson Rivers comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include a commentary track from the cast and the director, three featurettes, filmographies, production notes, and a theatrical trailer. This is a fabulous disc for an unfairly little-known film.

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In a picturesque, isolated university town in the French Alps, a horribly mutilated corpse requires the expert skills of Paris murder investigator Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno). He quickly intuits that the torture the victim suffered is actually a message. Meanwhile, miles away, a brash young detective named Max Kerkerian (Vincent Cassel) finds himself re-examining the death of a young girl 20 years earlier after her tomb is desecrated. As the mystery surrounding the girl's death deepens, and the bodies in the Alps begin to pile up, the two men find themselves following the same set of gruesome clues to an even darker secret. There is nothing especially new in this dark intellectual thriller, but director Mathieu Kassovitz gets all he can out of the picturesque locations (some particularly breathtaking scenes were shot on top of a glacier) and the rough-edged charm of his two protagonists. Reno's Niemans, perpetually rumpled, unshaven, and always in search of a light for his cigarette, sticks out like a sore thumb as he methodically conducts his investigation among the well-scrubbed students and faculty of the elite, strangely insular university where the murders are taking place. Cassel's hot-headed Kerkerian, on the other hand, likes to smoke a little dope while he's on duty and isn't above stealing cars or Kung-fuing a pack of skinheads into submission when he has to. If the film has one flaw, it's a somewhat confusing plot twist at the end, but otherwise, Les Rivieres Pourpres is a well-made and suitably engrossing thriller.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
UPC:
0043396065932
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Presented in a widescreen version; Languages: English [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French; Subtitles: English, French; Director and cast commentary; "The Investigation" documentary; The post-mortem featurettes: "The Corpse," "The Car Chase," & "Mountain Sequence"; Filmographies; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Reno Pierre Niemans
Vincent Cassel Max Kerkerian
Nadia Farès Fanny Ferreira
Dominique Sanda Sister Andree
Karim Belkhadra Capt. Dahmane
Jean-Pierre Cassel Dr. Cherneze
Didier Flamand Dean
Francois Levantal Pathologist
Francine Bergé Headmistress
Philippe Nahon Man at Petrol Station
Robert Gendreu Cemetary Warden
Nicky Naude Skinhead 2
Tonio Descanvelle Sarzac Policeman 1
Vincent Tulli Computer Technician

Technical Credits
Mathieu Kassovitz Director,Screenwriter
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Pierre-Jacques Benichou Casting
Bruno Coulais Score Composer
Thierry Flamand Art Director
Alain Goldman Producer
Cyril Holtz Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Mauduech Costumes/Costume Designer
Maryline Monthieux Editor
Valerie Othenin-Girard Asst. Director
Vincent Tulli Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:11]
2. Pierre Niémans [1:33]
3. Guernon [2:51]
4. Post-mortem Exam [3:54]
5. Doctor Bernard Chernezé [4:20]
6. Max Kerkerian [2:05]
7. Tomb Desecration [1:52]
8. Stolen Class Files [2:25]
9. 38 Tons at 60 M.P.H. [4:59]
10. The Rector [2:58]
11. The Crimson Rivers [1:59]
12. Fanny Ferreria [5:23]
13. Sister Andrée [8:42]
14. Philippe on Ice [2:34]
15. Skinhead Social Club [6:22]
16. Sertys' Apartment [4:27]
17. The Same M.O. [3:05]
18. Third Victim [2:20]
19. The Killer Escapes [2:01]
20. Matching Prints [3:09]
21. Theories & Stories [1:07]
22. Empty Coffin [4:39]
23. Tea & Grenades [1:25]
24. Rémy's Thesis [2:36]
25. Road Kill [4:20]
26. A Message [3:15]
27. Twins of Evil [4:34]
28. Avalanche [3:41]

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