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The Color Of Lies (1999/Cohen Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: B

Cohen Film Collection presents the 1999 French film The Color of Lies, which is directed by Claude Chabrol, for the first time in this stunning Blu-ray release. While the extras may not be too plentiful, the film looks better than ever and has been digitally remastered. (This is the first film that the film has been made available in the U.S. on Blu-ray.) The film stars Sandrine Bonnaire and Jacques Gamblin. Some have compared the film to Hitchcock in terms of its carefully crafted characters and plot, par for the course in all Chabrol's work, even if many disagree.

In a small town in Brittany, a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. The last person to see her alive was her art teacher and professional artist René (Gamblin). He soon becomes the primary suspect in the murder investigation spearheaded by the new chief of police Frédérique Lesage (Bruni-Tedeschi), which destroys his life as people in the small town believe that he is the killer although there is no hard evidence. René is completely dedicated to his wife (Bonnaire), a nurse whose perpetual happy mood is the polar opposite of his personality. Meanwhile, Frederique becomes better acquainted with the eccentric residents of the town, including an arrogant television journalist (de Caunes), a small-time crook who fences stolen goods (Marlot), and a bizarre pair of married shopkeepers (Ogier and Simsolo).

Director Chabrol, who was one of the most successful members of the French New Wave, breathes life into this suspenseful film, which was one of his last and brings quiet subtlety, irony, well-crafted characters, and humor. The Color of Lies is rather than a whodunit mystery more of a sociological experiment on the ramifications of suspicion and assumed guilt in an isolated, almost hermetically sealed, village environment that weaves a tale that is very interesting not unlike Sam Raimi's The Gift.

The picture and sound on the film are superb with an AVC encoded 1080p high definition transfer (with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1) and a 2.0 LPCM audio track that enriches the French language and the world of the film.

Special Features include Audio Commentary by Film Critics Wade Major and Andy Klein, and a 2014 Re-Release Trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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