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(aka "Les morsures de l'aube" )

 

directed by Antoine de Caunes
France 2001

 

Professional party crasher Antoine (Guillaume Canet, LA FIDELITE) is a night owl. He lives at a health club (his belonging are stored in a locker and he sleeps next to the pool by day) and he runs various scams to get into exclusive parties. When a bouncer that he has a running conflict with points out the limousine of the "King of the Night" Jordan, Antoine namedrops Jordan to get into a huge party given by reclusive millionaire Von Bulow (Jean-Marie Winling). On to his game, Von Bulow offers Antoine a million francs to find Jordan who, like Antoine, prowls the city's popular dives; but for very different reasons. Along the way, he meets Violaine (Asia Argento) whose name she points out is made up of the words viol (rape) and haine (hate) who it turns out is not the mysterious Jordan's girlfriend but his sister who is also a night owl who may be warning off Antoine or tempting him into danger.

The feature directorial debut of actor Antoine de Caunes (Chabrol's THE COLOR OF LIES), LOVE BITES is an entertaining diversion but never really settles down long enough to establish whether it is a horror film, a quirky neo-noir, or a black comedy so the finale falls flat. Despite the number of S&M and fetish clubs and elements of incest, rape, blood drinking, drugs, dog fighting, and pornography, the film only ever lightly flirts with the idea of transgression but De Caunes' direction is assured however the string of set-pieces are in themselves well-handled. Canet (who recently became a director himself with MY IDOL and the well-received thriller TELL NO ONE) comes across well initially but his character is too subject to the machinations of the wandering plot to make a definitive impression but Argento (who also made the jump to directing with SCARLET DIVA) is well-cast and compulsively watchable in vintage underwear (Violaine mentions that the bra she is wearing during her first encounter with Antoine is the same kind that Janet Leigh wore in PSYCHO). Vincent Perez (QUEEN MARGOT) has a small cameo.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 21 March 2001 (France)

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DVD Review: Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Shriek Show

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:36:27
Video

2.28:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.44 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio French (Dolby Digital 5.1); French (Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo)
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shriek Show

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.28:1

Edition Details:
• A'S ENIGMA documentary on Asia Argento (16:9; 22:39)
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 1:45)
• TV Spot (4:3; 0:36)
• BLOOD SISTERS trailer (16:9; 3:14)
• SCARLET DIVA trailer (4:3; 1:28)
• ANTHROPOPHAGUS trailer (4:3; 2:56)
• JUST BEFORE DAWN trailer (16:9; 2:31)

DVD Release Date: February 14th, 2006
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments

Whereas the Canadian Alliance Atlantis DVD release was a PAL-NTSC conversion offering only French 2.0 stereo sound, Shriek Show's under-the-radar release and offers 5.1 and 2.0 stereo along with a piece on Asia Argento (that should have been on the Shriek Show disc of SCARLET DIVA as it pertains to that film) and the film's trailer (and other Shriek Show trailers). Although the Shriek Show DVD runs about 4 minutes longer than the Canadian import suggesting that it runs at the correct 24 fps speed, the image is interlaced.

The optional giant yellow English subtitles sometimes run to three lines (a smaller font would have been appreciated like the small white hard-coded subs on the trailers) and sometimes seem awkwardly translated and sometimes run faster than the dialogue. Neither of these English-friendly releases reproduce any of the bonus features of the French DVD release which featured an audio commentary and making-of featurette. The credits feature both Dolby Digital and DTS logos but no release so far has featured the DTS option. The Shriek Show disc can be purchased in a cheap set appropriately paired with Asia Argento's directorial debut SCARLET DIVA (the Shriek Show disc of which is a more satisfying special edition package).

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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