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Belle De Jour 40th AE in January

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Belle De Jour (40th Anniversary Edition) for 22nd January 2007 priced at £19.99. Undoubtedly Luis Buñuel’s most accessible film, Belle de Jour is an elegant and erotic masterpiece that maintains as hypnotic a grip on modern audiences as it did on its debut 30 years ago.

Screen icon Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion) plays Severine, the glacially beautiful, sexually unfulfilled wife of a surgeon, whose blood runs icy with ennui until she takes a day-job in a brothel. There she meets a charismatic but sinister young gangster (Pierre Clémenti), and ignites an obsession that will court peril.

Buñuel uses diffused lighting, dark colours, and shadows throughout the film to temper the gravity and emotional impact of each uncomfortable scene. Left to our own imaginative devices, the result is a film that is highly unsettling, perverse, and inevitably tragic.

The film won the Golden Lion at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.

Features include:

  • Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
  • French Mono with English subtitles
  • Histoire du Film documentary about Belle De Jour (30 mins)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Commentary from Spanish Cinema expert Professor Peter William Evans

Prior to the DVD release the film will open on a brand new print exclusively at the NFT on December 29th.

The film will also be available as part of an 8 film Luis Bunuel Collection released on the same day.

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