Catherine Deneuve Collection

Manon 70 (1968)          Le Sauvage (1975)

Hôtel des Amériques (1981)

Le Choc (1982)         Fort Saganne (1984)






Manon 70 (1968) - Manon (Catherine Deneuve) is an amoral, free spirit who uses sex to surround herself in relatively luxurious surroundings. The mistress of a wealthy man, she meets a handsome young reporter (Sami Frey) on a flight from Hong Kong to Paris. She gives the older man the boot before slipping into a hot bathtub with her new love, the reporter. Her brother Jean-Paul (Jean Claude Brialey) puts out the word to rich men that his hot-to-trot sister is back in town. She willingly allows herself to be used for sex to justify her lifestyle. The reporter loses his job and Manon takes up with another wealthy client, seeing the reporter on the side. Men continue to fall for the beautiful, opportunistic Manon who is more interested in Mr. Right Now than Mr. Right.

~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

Le Sauvage (1975) - A commonplace toujours l'amour tragi-farce whose only justification lies in the decorative presence of its two stars. The urbane Montand as a self-sufficient sauvage on the run from the unacceptable face of his wife's cosmetic empire, growing vegetables on an island retreat, is a strain on the imagination. But for credibility he has the edge on Deneuve. Her divine sang-froid hardly lends itself to a role that requires her to be part Doris Day, part Claudia Cardinale. The runaway pace is maintained by operatic slapstick, tempestuousness verging on insanity, hysterical dialogue that occasionally lurches into Spanish and American, and a dazzling range of locations (Venezuela, New York, Provence).

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

Hôtel des Amériques (1981) - The beautiful Helene (Catherine Deneuve) works in a hospital as an anesthesiologist and so when she accidentally hits Gilles (Patrick Dewaere) while driving her car, she can jump out and know exactly what to do to make sure he is not seriously hurt. The two start off a relationship based on this "chance" meeting, though the inauspicious beginning should have served as a warning. Gilles does not do very much except live in a room in his family's hotel and hang out. His lethargic approach to life is an anesthetic in itself, and since Helene is still mourning the death of her former lover a few years before, she is not overly anxious to start a new romance. The two of them go back and forth in a cat-and-mouse game until Helene tires of going nowhere and decides to leave for Paris. Considering how difficult it is for Gilles to rise to any action, it seems that Helene may remain alone unless she runs into someone else.

~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide


Le Choc (1982) -

Martin Terrier (Alain Delon) has a problem. He wants to quit his job, but unlike everyone else, he cannot do it because he is a hired hitman and his employers would hate to see him turned out to pasture -- he knows too much, and he is still useful. When he escapes to the countryside for awhile, he meets Claire (Catherine Deneuve), and love blossoms. Back in Paris to confront his employers once again, Terrier gets an ultimatum -- do one last job for them and he can go free. He has no choice but to accept, even knowing that the odds on a long retirement have just changed for the worse.

~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide


Fort Saganne (1984) - In spite of spending three hours developing the story of French peasant Charles Saganne (Gérard Depardieu), the sweep of this epic skims over the qualities that transformed Saganne from an ordinary officer to a great military leader. Saganne was first sent to a garrison town in North Africa before Colonel Dubreuilh (Philippe Noiret) assigned him to other missions, finally giving him a chance to exercise his innate ability to lead men. After a tragic hiatus in Paris where he fails to promote the colonialist cause, he returns to the Sahara and outshines his past accomplishments, leading a ragtag band of Arab dissidents in some brilliant military maneuvers -- for which he won the French Legion of Honor. His newfound recognition also attracted a society maven who became his wife, and after his tour of duty has ended Saganne moves with her to the village where he was born. But the year is 1914 and Saganne's peaceful village idyll was not meant to endure -- he is again called off to war, and to his destiny. Even though the costuming, landscape, battles, and charisma of Depardieu as Saganne and Noiret as Colonel Dubreuilh are outstanding, and several subsidiary characters deliver emotionally compelling vignettes, the protagonists as an ensemble have not been scripted with much depth of character -- making the three-hour epic seem a bit too long in the end.

~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide


Theatrical Releases: Various from 1968 - 1984

  DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Lionsgate (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Lionsgate - Region 1 - NTSC
Time: over 7+ hrs. total on 3 discs
Audio French (original) - some English in Le Sauvage
Subtitles English (CC), Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: Lionsgate

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1.66,  1.85, 2.35 

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2008

Custom case (see image above)
20 each X 5 = 100



The three discs are divided as follows:

Disc 1 (DVD9 - Dual-layered/single-sided):
- Manon 70 (1968)
- Le Choc (1982)

Disc 2 (DVD9 - Dual-layered/single-sided):
Le Sauvage (1975)

- Hôtel des Amériques (1981)

Disc 3 (DVD9 - Dual-layered/single-sided):
Fort Saganne (1984)

The 5 main features of this boxset are housed in a custom case (see above image) with a unique thick plastic slipcase (as the simultaneously released Sophia Loren box is) and none of the films are sold separately by Lions Gate at this time.  All five features are coded for region 1 in the NTSC standard and all features are anamorphic in their original aspect ratio, progressively transferred. Lions Gate have some sort of agreement with Studio Canal in place and, in fact, all start with that logo.

Each have original French audio (some English on Le Sauvage) and options for English (CC) or Spanish subtitles in an white font with black border (see samples below). There are no extras and I endorse this pragmatic concept of packaging - more films, less cost.  

Image: With the first four films, chronologically speaking, on single-layered transfers - this image quality looks very impressive. Detail is at the high end and artifacts and noise, although existing, is minimal. Colors too are very bright and if there is any boosting - it must be slight as I can't easily determine it. Le Sauvage has some rougher moments but it's hard to determine if it was an intended method used for flashback purposes. Overall though, these look exceptionally strong for standard definition, very clean - without speckles or damage - I can't see anyone being unhappy with the way these films are represented. 

Audio - All original (monaural or 2.0 channel). Subtitles seem competent but may be occasionally précised.  

Overall impression: I believe I had only seen Manon 70 before as part of the UK Icons Collection HERE. I know someone will correct me but the other four may be making their English-friendly debut on DVD. This is a another strong plus.

As far as the individual films I enjoyed the thriller with Alain Delon, wasn't over-the-moon about the comedy with Yves Montand - I thought director André Téchiné's Hôtel des Amériques might be the best of the five (I've always liked Patrick Dewaere). Manon 70 with Jean-Claude Brialy improves with re-visitation - this film has some unique depth but I wasn't able to put my finger even on this in my repeat viewing. Curious cinema indeed.  The lavish epic-looking Fort Sagnne with giant-nosed Depardieu had a decent supporting cast with Philippe Noiret and a young Sophie Marceau but that film should be viewed when you are in the mood - it has some striking cinematography as a bonus.

The value (price for what you get) is another strong Lionsgate offering. Each film is less than $6 each and I do feel they are very much worth it - especially looking this good. I can't see any Deneuve fan (or fan of French films) being disappointed in this purchase. Obviously this is not the best of her extensive career but these five films are all above-average and she appears as radiant as ever. This represents a strong deal in my opinion. Keep'em coming Lions Gate! Recommended!           

Gary W. Tooze

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Manon 70 (1968)

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Le Sauvage (1975)



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Hôtel des Amériques (1981)


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Le Choc (1982)

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Fort Saganne (1984)



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