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Two Newly Restored Films by Philippe de Broca (Blu-ray)

Review Philippe de Broca Double Feature: On Guard, Five Day Lover. On Guard: It takes the cavalier Lagardère sixteen years to avenge his friend the Duke of Nevers, who was assassinated by the infamous Gonzag, who would later become the king of Paris finance in the sumptuous days of the Regency. Sixteen years to assert the triumph of morality, save honor ... and find love. Five Day Lover: Claire, married to Georges, has an affair with bachelor Antoine, who is being kept by her good friend Madeleine, a wealthy couturière. But the meetings at Antoine's apartment, five afternoons a week, come to a halt when their partners learn the truth.
Heat and Dust [Blu-ray]

Review The swordplay never ends in this dazzling, Dumas-like adventure of conspiracy and revenge, set around 1700 and presented here in its seventh filmed incarnation, directed by French New Wave titan Philippe de Broca (That Man from Rio). Daniel Auteuil plays Legardere, a callow swordsman who becomes friend to and bodyguard of the Duke of Nevers (Vincent Perez). When the latter is assassinated by his scheming cousin, Gonzague (Fabrice Luchini), Nevers's daughter, Aurore (Marie Gillain), is left in the care of Legardere, who raises her within the protective camouflage of a traveling troupe of actors. Years later, back in Paris, Legardere exacts a complicated retribution under Gonzague's nose, determined to give Aurore the life and inheritance she deserves. This exceptionally handsome film is an all-out adventure, but the witty de Broca is not one to settle for mere derring-do. The great Auteuil (The Girl on the Bridge) proves as funny as he is heroic. --Tom Keogh
The Witches (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

Review France released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Charlotte wants to open a new holiday resort in Central Africa. Once there, she meets up with her ex-husband, who's determined to foil her plans. The film takes us on a high-speed chase across pygmy territory, amongst the elephants and poachers. ...The African ( L'Africain ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo)
Lost Horizon [Blu-ray]

Review Released by Anchor Bay in 2003. Region 1 US/Canada widescreen DVD in English & French. Out of print & hard to find! Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Hahn, Marcel Dalio, & Jean Rochefort.A romantic comedy classic directed by Philippe de Broca, director of "King of Hearts" & "That Man from Rio".
They Live By Night (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Review ENGLISH SUBTITLES!!! Russia released, Region Free, NTSC DVD (playable in USA/Canada). SPOKEN LANGUAGES: FRENCH Dolby Digital 2.0 and optional RUSSIAN (voice-over) Dolby Digital 2.0; SUBTITLES: ENGLISH; FULL SCREEN 1,33:1; SYNOPSIS: An eight-day pass, a kidnapping, and a greedy group of South American Indians provide the basic ingredients of this madcap adventure. A French air force pilot has the pass and plans to use it to see his girl friend in Paris. He gets there just in time to see a gang of South American Indians, who believe the girl knows the location of a set of statues that can pinpoint the location of a fabulous jungle treasure, kidnapping her. He follows them to the Brazilian jungle and many riotous adventures ensue. Eventually the lovers manage to escape and return to France just before the pilot's pass expires.
Auntie Mame (1958) [Blu-ray]

Review Philippe de Broca Double Feature: On Guard, Five Day Lover. On Guard: It takes the cavalier Lagardère sixteen years to avenge his friend the Duke of Nevers, who was assassinated by the infamous Gonzag, who would later become the king of Paris finance in the sumptuous days of the Regency. Sixteen years to assert the triumph of morality, save honor ... and find love. Five Day Lover: Claire, married to Georges, has an affair with bachelor Antoine, who is being kept by her good friend Madeleine, a wealthy couturière. But the meetings at Antoine's apartment, five afternoons a week, come to a halt when their partners learn the truth.
They Shoot Horses, Don t They? (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

Review The swordplay never ends in this dazzling, Dumas-like adventure of conspiracy and revenge, set around 1700 and presented here in its seventh filmed incarnation, directed by French New Wave titan Philippe de Broca (That Man from Rio). Daniel Auteuil plays Legardere, a callow swordsman who becomes friend to and bodyguard of the Duke of Nevers (Vincent Perez). When the latter is assassinated by his scheming cousin, Gonzague (Fabrice Luchini), Nevers's daughter, Aurore (Marie Gillain), is left in the care of Legardere, who raises her within the protective camouflage of a traveling troupe of actors. Years later, back in Paris, Legardere exacts a complicated retribution under Gonzague's nose, determined to give Aurore the life and inheritance she deserves. This exceptionally handsome film is an all-out adventure, but the witty de Broca is not one to settle for mere derring-do. The great Auteuil (The Girl on the Bridge) proves as funny as he is heroic. --Tom Keogh
TWO FILMS BY DOUGLAS SIRK DOUBLE FEATURE [Blu-ray]

Review France released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Charlotte wants to open a new holiday resort in Central Africa. Once there, she meets up with her ex-husband, who's determined to foil her plans. The film takes us on a high-speed chase across pygmy territory, amongst the elephants and poachers. ...The African ( L'Africain ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo)
Portrait of Jennie [Blu-ray]

Review Released by Anchor Bay in 2003. Region 1 US/Canada widescreen DVD in English & French. Out of print & hard to find! Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Hahn, Marcel Dalio, & Jean Rochefort.A romantic comedy classic directed by Philippe de Broca, director of "King of Hearts" & "That Man from Rio".
Dunkirk (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack)

Review ENGLISH SUBTITLES!!! Russia released, Region Free, NTSC DVD (playable in USA/Canada). SPOKEN LANGUAGES: FRENCH Dolby Digital 2.0 and optional RUSSIAN (voice-over) Dolby Digital 2.0; SUBTITLES: ENGLISH; FULL SCREEN 1,33:1; SYNOPSIS: An eight-day pass, a kidnapping, and a greedy group of South American Indians provide the basic ingredients of this madcap adventure. A French air force pilot has the pass and plans to use it to see his girl friend in Paris. He gets there just in time to see a gang of South American Indians, who believe the girl knows the location of a set of statues that can pinpoint the location of a fabulous jungle treasure, kidnapping her. He follows them to the Brazilian jungle and many riotous adventures ensue. Eventually the lovers manage to escape and return to France just before the pilot's pass expires.

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