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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.
They Live By Night (The Criterion Collection) [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
Lost Horizon [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)
They Shoot Horses, Don t They? (Special Edition) [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".
The Witches (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

Review One of the most popular foreign films of all time, playing continuously in some theatres for over five years, King of Hearts is a "bright, lilting, whimsical, lyrical" (Cue) comedy thatcleverly satirizes the absurdity of war with a "message [that is] meaningful and entertaining" (Boxoffice). Bumbling Scottish Private Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent to a village in the beautiful French countryside during World War I on a suicide mission to detonate explosives set bythe retreating German army. The village, soon to be blown sky-high, has been abandoned by its inhabitantsand replaced with escapees from the local insane asylum. Now, with the mentally challenged running the town, Plumpick is crowned King! But his new title brings him his first horrible decision: to carry out his deadly mission or join the ranks of the blissfully ignorant who know nothing about war. King of Hearts is subtle, visually striking and, in short, the "ultimate display of madness" (Life)!
Miracle Worker [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
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)
Duel in the Sun (Roadshow Edition) [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".
3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol - Set [Blu-ray]

Review One of the most popular foreign films of all time, playing continuously in some theatres for over five years, King of Hearts is a "bright, lilting, whimsical, lyrical" (Cue) comedy thatcleverly satirizes the absurdity of war with a "message [that is] meaningful and entertaining" (Boxoffice). Bumbling Scottish Private Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent to a village in the beautiful French countryside during World War I on a suicide mission to detonate explosives set bythe retreating German army. The village, soon to be blown sky-high, has been abandoned by its inhabitantsand replaced with escapees from the local insane asylum. Now, with the mentally challenged running the town, Plumpick is crowned King! But his new title brings him his first horrible decision: to carry out his deadly mission or join the ranks of the blissfully ignorant who know nothing about war. King of Hearts is subtle, visually striking and, in short, the "ultimate display of madness" (Life)!

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