Gérard Depardieu
Director: Barbet Schroeder Cast: Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
, Bulle Ogier
Bulle Ogier
, André Rouyer
André Rouyer
Barbet Schroeder

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Barbet Schroeder's darkly witty meditation on sadomasochism comes to DVD in a typically well-crafted edition from The Criterion Collection. Maitresse has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The transfer (which was approved by Schroeder himself) is rich and colorful, and honors the subtle brilliance of Néstor Almendros' cinematography. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; the dialogue is in French, with optional English subtitles. By Criterion's standards, this disc is a bit short on bonus materials, adding only an interview with Barbet Schroeder (albeit a witty and revealing one) and a liner essay from Elliot Stein, but this film isn't likely to ever look or sound better on home video than it does in this release.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
UPC: 0037429185728
Original Release: 1976
Rating: NC-17
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 1,393

Special Features

Closed Caption; New digital transfer, supervised by director Barbet Schroeder, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions; Exclusive video interview with Schroeder; New essay by film critic Elliott Stein; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Olivier and Mario [5:16]
2. Behind Those Walls... [3:02]
3. The Dungeon [5:36]
4. A Client [8:02]
5. "So What Do You Do?" [3:14]
6. A Night With Ariane [5:15]
7. Two Phones [3:08]
8. Countryside [3:37]
9. Houseguests [4:54]
10. Gautier [3:11]
11. Upstairs, Downstairs [10:40]
12. Business as Usual [5:30]
13. Breakdown [4:43]
14. A Night With Ariane [4:02]
15. True Love [3:34]
16. "Who Is Gautier?" [7:54]
17. Detective Work [8:21]
18. 10,000 Francs [4:16]
19. Slaughterhouse [5:29]
20. Endgame [4:09]
21. Avenue Jean Jaurès [1:57]
22. Into the Woods [4:47]
23. Credits [1:59]

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