Saturday, October 19, 2013

Le deuxieme souffle aka Second Breath (1966) - another crime movie from director Jean-Pierre Melville

Rating 7.9/10
Runtime: 150 min
Language: French
Country: France
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Melville
IMDb Link:


Lino Ventura ... Gustave 'Gu' Minda
Paul Meurisse ... Commissaire Blot
Raymond Pellegrin ... Paul Ricci
Christine Fabréga ... Simone - dite 'Manouche'
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Jo Ricci
Paul Frankeur ... Inspector Fardiano
Denis Manuel ... Antoine Ripa

Description: Three prisoners break from the prison and the notorious Gustave 'Gu' Minda is the only one that survives. He heads to Paris where he meets his lover Manouche and his friend and Manouche's bodyguard Alban that take him to a hideout. Meanwhile the smart Commissary Blot is investigating a shooting plotted by the mobster Jo Ricci and the gangster Jacques the Lawyer that is murdered. Gu decides to travel to Italy but he is short of money; his friend Orloff invites him to participate in the heist of an armored truck with his friend Paul Ricci and the gangsters Antoine and Pascal in Marseille. The talkative Inspector Fardiano is responsible for the investigation, but the persistent Commissary Blot believes that Gu is behind the scheme.






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Also included set of extras, with English subtitles:

* Video interview with director Bertrand Tavernier who served as publicity agent on the film - 11'37"

* "Cinèma" - featuring interviews by François Chalais with Melville and actor Lino Ventura - 25'53"

* "Original theatrical trailer - 2'19"

* ""Province Actualitès" - a 4 minute newsreel taken from the set of the movie

Video and audio information:

Video : 2.08 GB, 1978 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 676x480 ~> 801x480 (1.66:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 129
Audio : 206 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, VBR

Subtitles (English, Greek closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazilian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Serbian), posters, sample and screenshots included

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The mask of Dimitrios (1944) - film noir from director Jean Negulesco, starring Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Zachary Scott

Rating 7.1/10
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
IMDb Link:


Sydney Greenstreet ... Mr. Peters
Peter Lorre ... Cornelius Leyden
Zachary Scott ... Dimitrios Makropoulos
Faye Emerson ... Irana Preveza
Victor Francen ... Wladislaw Grudek
Steven Geray ... Karel Bulic
Florence Bates ... Madame Elise Chavez

Description: Dutch mystery writer Cornelius Leyden is vacationing in Istanbul when he makes the acquaintance of Turkish Police Colonel Haki, a fan of his books. Haki makes Leyden aware that he is currently investigating the murder of Greek master criminal Dimitrios Makrpouloss, bloated corpse has just washed ashore on a beach in the Bosphorous. Never having seen a murdered body. Leyden accepts Haki's invitation to view it before cremation. Initially repulsed, he becomes fascinated by Haki's tale of Dimitrios sordid career as he rose from petty crime, smuggling and murder to blackmail, espionage, and political assassination. Following Haki's leads, his investigations lead him to such varied cities as Athens, Sofia, Geneva, and Paris, where he interviews Dimitrios' former mistress, who doesn't rise until ten in the evening, and the urbane, aristocratic cat-fancier who hired Dimitrios to steal state secrets. During his travels Leyden becomes friendly with Mr. Peters, an idiosyncratic three hundred pound Englishman, who seems more obsessed with Makropoulos than Leyden. Peters, who was betrayed by Dimitrios years before, is eager to take revenge on his former partner, and he forms a alliance with the writer to track down and blackmail the enigmatic criminal, a very high-risk enterprise.



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Video and audio information:

Video : 1.23 GB, 1844 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 640*480 (4:3), XviD 1.2.1 (UTC 2008-12-04)
Audio : 175 MB, 256 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR

Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), posters, sample and screenshots included