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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Bridesmaid" or "Brautjungfer, Die" or "Damigella d'onore, La")


France / Germany / Italy 2004


Once again veteran French director Claude Chabrol peers beneath the facade of bourgeois respectability to unearth the skeletons piled up in the closet. Skillfully adapted from a Ruth Rendell novel and set in a provincial French town, The Bridesmaid is a slyly enjoyable thriller with echoes of Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train.


Theatrical Release: Italy7 September 2004 (Venice Film Festival)

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DVD Review: CineFile - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Runtime 1:45:52 (4% PAL speedup)

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.41 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 French (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: CineFile

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Making of Featurette (11:02)
• Trailer (1:30)
• Filmographies
• Trailers (Five)

DVD Release Date: March 27, 2006
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Comments It seems that Eduardo Serra's camera work in this film isn't the easiest thing to reproduce as Digital Video. I haven't seen this in a cinema, so there's nothing to compare with. In my eyes the entire film has a greenish tingle, that don't seem right. Many scenes are shot in low light, and even tough they seems to be pushed up a bit, the black color is blocked far to often. Another disturbing thing is that the entire film looks a little bit to soft.

The 5.1 sound is flawless. The sound mix uses mostly the front channels. When the rhythm (events) in the film starts to go faster, also the sound information groves. A nice modest sound work!

Even with it's flaws, the quality on this DVD is on the better side of the titles available on DVD by Claude Chabrol.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

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