Four Classic Henri Verneuil Films Heading to Blu-ray
Posted August 23, 2013 05:44 PM by Webmaster
EuropaCorp and Twentieth Century Fox will release on Blu-ray four classic films directed by Henri Verneuil: Un Singe en hiver a.k.a A Monkey in Winter (1962), Le President (1961), Le clan des Siciliens a.k.a The Sicilian Clan (1969), and Mélodie en sous-sol a.k.a Any Number Can Win (1963). All four titles will arrive on the French market in November.
Latent forces for a strong individualism are pitted against the need to honor deeply held commitments in this effective comedy by Henri Verneuil. Albert is an inn owner who vowed never to drink again if he and his wife survived the war. They did, and the reformed alcoholic keeps his vow. But times have changed and soon after the war, Albert comes in contact with Gabriel, a young man prone to heavy bouts with the bottle. Gabriel is conflicted over visiting his young daughter in a nearby school and in a moment of nostalgia, Albert takes off with him on one major binge -- and havoc results. Starring Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Suzanne Flon. November 13th.
At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher. Based on the famous novel by Georges Simenon. Starring Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, and Renée Faure. Street date: November 13th.
A Sicilian family, headed by Vittorio Manalese plan to steal a cache of diamonds. Roger Senet, in prison for murder, is hired for the occasion and sprung with the help of the family. However, once the caper is successfully carried out, Senet finds himself on the wrong side of the clan when they discover that he has been having an affair with Manalese's daughter-in-law. Based on the popular novel by Auguste Le Breton. Starring Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, and Irina Demick. Street date: November 27th.
Classic late French noir film. Charles, a professional thief just released from a five-year prison term, has decided to retire, but not before he pulls off the most audacious and lucrative theft of his career. For this job he recruits his former cell-mate, Francis, and together they head for Cannes, playground for the glamorous and wealthy. Charles has obtained the blueprints to a chic casino and devised a way to sneak into the heavily guarded vault. To pull off the heist, the duo will need every detail of the meticulous plan to go off without a hitch, with perfectly synchronized timing. The weeks of tense preparation, fake identities and scrutiny of fine details finally pays off when the night of the heist arrives and everything goes as planned. Almost... Based on Zekial Marko's novel The Big Grab. Starring Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval, and Dora Doll. Street date: November 13th.
Quite possibly not. Stuff made for the French market as often as not deliberately omits either English subtitles, or the dubbed English soundtrack (ever assuming any of these films actually had one). And the digibook itself will have not a word of English anywhere in its pages, believe me.