Lucas Belvaux’s One, Two and Three Trilogy from Tartan

Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of Lucas Belvaux’s One, Two and Three Trilogy Box Set for 26th April 2004 with a retail price of £39.99. Three films in different genres based around the same set of characters. Each film stands alone but, once viewed as a whole, the scale and skill of Belvaux’s cinematic triple vision is revealed.

ONE is a hard-boiled film-noir and a dramatic start to his trilogy. After a bloody escape from prison, a political terrorist Bruno (played by director, Belvaux himself) attempts to resume his campaign of bombings and assassinations. But his colleagues have now comfortably settled into a bourgeois lifestyle so he’s forced to go it alone, stopping at nothing to achieve his goals.

TWO offers a little light relief as a gallic take Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedies. Afraid that he might be dying, Alain conceals the truth from the woman he loves, Cécile. Despite her instincts, she suspects he’s lying and prefers to imagine he’s having an affair, But is it possible everyone is in on the conspiracy including best friend, Agnès?

THREE, on the other hand, offers a more melodramatic, intensely emotive perspective on events. Manise is equally devoted to his wife, Agnès, and his job as a cop. He has done deals with the local crime boss too. However, his troubles are triplefold: he is trying to capture Bruno, dealing with the local crime boss, and dealing with his wife’s addiction to morphine. All these events are threatening to collide with tragic consequences.

This is a powerful cinema experience, and presented on four DVDs in a specially designed box set, Lucas Belvaux’s achievements are more evident since they offer the chance to watch simultaneously three different scenes which take place at the same moment in time. Comparisons have been made to Kieslowski’s classic Three Colours trilogy, but ONE TWO and THREE form a trilogy of outstanding achievement.

Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; and DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Extras include: commentaries; sequential scene comparisons; deleted scenes; hidden extras; scene selections; filmographies

For more on these films and an idea of what to expect from this set please head over to Noel Megahey’s review of the French Region 2 Box Set.

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