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France 1992

 

Simenon wrote the novel Betty, about a woman who walks into a Paris bar out of the rain. Drunk, unhappy, smoking one cigarette after the next, she is picked up by a man who drives her to a seedy bar in Versailles. The man says he is a doctor but is in fact a drug addict; Betty is rescued by a woman in the bar, a rich widow who offers her a bed for the night in a nearby luxury hotel.

There is no plot, but we are hooked. We do not know who Betty is, why she is drunk, who the widow is, or why she is friendly. We learn more about the bar than its patrons. The place is called The Hole, and it is run by a man named Mario who collects the "twisted" - those with something that sets them outside the ordinary. All of the patrons seem to know about each other's twists.

Chabrol's new film "Betty" is based on the novel. We are able to see how he begins with an actor's face instead of Simenon's blank page. The face belongs to Marie Trintignant, whose father is a famous actor and mother a famous director. It is a pretty face - at times seductive and playful - but when we first see her, she is bruised, there are dark circles under her eyes, she looks as helpless as a drowned cat. All she wants to do is drink and smoke and sleep. If a man will buy her drinks, she does not care what happens then.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's revieww at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 19th, 1992

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Comparison:

MK2 - Region 2 - PAL vs. Cohen Media Group - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the DVD Review!

1) MK2 - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Cohen Media Group - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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The Claude Chabrol Collection from MK2 includes the following five films: Betty, L'Enfer, Poulet, au vinaigre, Inspecteur Lavardin and Masques. They have all English subtitles on the main feature, but not on the extra material.

Distribution

MK2

Region 2 - PAL

Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:26 (4% PAL speedup) 1:43:45.218
Video

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,075,870,492 bytes

Feature: 28,015,859,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate: Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) LPCM Audio French 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English and None English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MK2

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Presentation of the film by Joel Magny (2:48)
• Scene commentary by Claude Chabrol (30:50)
• Claude Chabrol Collection trailers (11 films)

DVD Release Date: 16 october 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Cohen Media Group

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,075,870,492 bytes

Feature: 28,015,859,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
Re-release Trailer (1:34)

• 8-page liner notes with photos and credits

Blu-ray Release Date: February 21st, 2017
Transparent
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 10

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Cohen Media Group - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (February 2017): This isn't Cohen's first foray into Chabrol - they have also released a Blu-ray of The Inspector Lavardin Collection, Merci pour le Chocolat as well as a Blu-ray of The Color of Lies.  But fans of the director couldn't be more ecstatic about their new 3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray set. It has individual Blu-ray discs of three films; The Swindle, L'Enfer, and Betty.

 

Cohen's new 1080P transfer looks very strong - dual-layered  with a high bitrate, plenty of strong detail, layered contrast and substantial depth. It looks highly impressive. 

 

Cohen use linear PCM for all three films. Effects are never overwhelming. All scores of the three films in this boxset have been composed by, the director's son, Matthieu Chabrol (Merci pour le Chocolat, The Color of Lies, The Swindle, La Cérémonie, L'Enfer, Betty, Madame Bovary, The Cry of the Owl, Inspector Lavardin.) It sounds subtle and supportive via the uncompressed with no glaring weaknesses. There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

 

Only a release trailer and the liner notes although the other two films is the set had commentaries. This is a disturbing portrait but still totally Chabrol. Another bona-fide reason to endorse the 3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray set from Cohen.

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ON THE DVD (2002): Quite a reasonable DVD, even though it seems that the tape-master is not a new one. When projected on a screen there's a lot of visible edge enhancement during. Many parts are photographed indoors in low light, and the DVD reproduction of it isn't the best. Overall the film feels a little bit soft. Much of the film focuses in close-ups of the wonderfully acting of Marie Trintignant.

The sound fells a little bit too narrow, even for a mono film.

The extras are not subtitled.

The Claude Chabrol Collection from MK2 includes the following five films: Betty, L'Enfer, Poulet,au vinaigre, Inspecteur Lavardin and Masques. They have all English subtitles on the main feature, but not on the extra material. They can also be bought separately.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg


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Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Claude Chabrol (French Film Directors)
by Guy Austin
Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni

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Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

The Claude Chabrol Collection from MK2 includes the following five films: Betty, L'Enfer, Poulet, au vinaigre, Inspecteur Lavardin and Masques. They have all English subtitles on the main feature, but not on the extra material.

Distribution

MK2

Region 2 - PAL

Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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