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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Blood Relatives" or "Liens du sang, Les")
Canada / France 1978


Chabrol's oddball, Canadian-set picture focuses on the sexual assault and murder of a teenage girl, the cousin whose account of the whole nasty incident isn't nearly as clear-cut as she makes out, and the clues that suggest there may be more to this crime than the cops first think. Sutherland and Pleasence team up, the former as the cop trying to solve the case, the latter as the pedophile who tops the suspect list, in a film that works best as an intriguing little psychological thriller in spite of its slasher movie overtones.

Excerpt of Channel 4 Film's comments located HERE


Theatrical Release: France 1 February 1978, Canada 8 September 1978

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DVD Review: Carlton - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 90:42 (4% PAL speedup)

1:1.33 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 6,03 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio DD 2.0 English
Subtitles English HoH
Features Release Information:
Studio: Carlton

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: January 31, 2000
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Chapters 15




Comments DVD PUDDING (recipe)

This is a time-consuming pudding, that needs - as good vines do, several years of storage:

Step 1:
Take a second hand 35 mm film-copy. Second hand prints has lot of color timing errors. These film-copies was usually dumped to small countries, far from the production company.

Step 2:
Make sure that the 35 mm print is viewed in a cinema. With these you get the reel change marks every 21 minute, and dirt and scratches in the beginning and the end of every reel.

Step 3:
If you find a copy that has been photographed with soft lenses you get an extra flavor.

Step 4:
The company who transfer this to an analog tape master, makes it with as bad and old equipment that you can find.

Step 5:
After several years of storage (15 years is the minimum) you take this tape-master and transfers it to a DVD.

Step 6:
You make on this DVD English HoH subtitles, because 10% of the film is so black, that nobody understands what happens in the picture.

Step 7 (Not on these DVD):
You make an announcement in the beginning of the film:
Piracy is a crime. Don't risk throwing your money away. Wait for the official release and you won't be disappointed. Only the real thing is good enough.

I'm waiting ....

 - Per-Olof Strandberg



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