'Les Cousins' and 'Le Beau Serge' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM PDT by

Two French films by Claude Chabrol will be getting the Criterion Blu-ray treatment this September.

In an early announcement to retailers, Criterion says 'Les Cousins' is planned for Blu-ray on September 20.

In 'Les Cousins,' Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. This dagger-sharp drama won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was an important precursor to the French New Wave.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p, an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; A 2011 documentary by filmmaker Pierre-Henri Gibert about the making of Les cousins, featuring director Claude Chabrol, star Stéphane Audran, assistant directors Charles Bitsch and Claude de Givray, and others; theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty.

On the same day, Criterion will also be bringing 'Le Beau Serge' to Blu-ray.

The remarkable and raw Le beau Serge heralded the arrival of a cinematic titan who would go on to craft provocative, entertaining films for five more decades.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements include: New audio commentary featuring Guy Austin, author of Claude Chabrol; Segment from a 1969 episode of the French television series L’invité du dimanche in which Chabrol revisits Sardent, the town he grew up in and the film’s location; theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty.

Suggested list price for each of the Blu-rays is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Les Cousins' and 'Le Beau Serge' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under September 20.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Les Cousins (Blu-ray)
Le Beau Serge (Blu-ray)
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