(aka 'Chi Mr. Klein?" or "Monsieur Klein")

directed by Joseph Losey
France / Italy 1976


Both a thriller and a Kafkaesque dissertation on identity, Joseph Losey's Mr. Klein stars Alain Delon (Le Samorai, Le Cercle rouge) as Robert Klein—a charming and unscrupulous art dealer in Nazi-occupied France. As Jews flee Paris, Klein exploits them, preying on their desperation by buying their valuables at a fraction of their worth...until he finds his name is shared by a Jewish criminal who is a member of the anti-Nazi resistance. Klein reports this to the authorities only to find he is uncontrollably sinking into the quicksand of mistaken identity. Co-starring Jeanne Moreau (La Femme Nikita), Mr. Klein is an award-winning suspense classic that studies the ever-changing relationship between victim and oppressor.

Theatrical Release: September 23rd, 1976 - Italy

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Distribution Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 2:02:44
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Production Company: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

 

Edition Details:
• US Theatrical trailer

• Filmography for Joseph Losey and selected filmography for Alain Delon

• Liner Notes by film critic and cinema studies professor Edwin Jahiel

 

DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
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Chapters: 24

 

Comments:

It is not the tightest image I have ever seen, in fact, I have suspicions that it may be from a PAL source. I don't have the times to state positively, but I see a few telltales that may indicate. Colors are full and bright, almost saturated, but not quite at that level, but I do see far too much red in the skin tones. The picture has moments of real haziness although it is 16X9 enhanced. I was also under-impressed by the audio which seems extensively quiet. No real Extras to speak of and I only give this DVD out of

Gary W. Tooze



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