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André Téchiné Four-Film Collector's Edition (Hôtel des Amériques / J'embrasse pas / My Favorite Season / Wild Reeds) (2008)

Catherine Deneuve , Daniel Auteuil , André Téchiné  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Writers: André Téchiné, Gilles Taurand, Isabelle Coudrier-Kleist, Jacques Nolot, Michel Grisolia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 452 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00192QJQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "André Téchiné Four-Film Collector's Edition (Hôtel des Amériques / J'embrasse pas / My Favorite Season / Wild Reeds)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The exceptional work of this visionary French director is spotlighted here in a defining four-film collection from The Director's Series." Includes Wild Reeds (Elodi-ÝBouchez. 1994/110 min.), My Favorite Season (Catherine Deneuve. 1993/122 min.), I Don't Kiss (Philippe Noiret. 1991/115 min.) and Hotel America (Catherine Deneuve. 1981/95 min.). 4 DVDs. Color/NR/widescreen.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deneuve in 5 wonderful transfers June 12, 2008
FORT SAGANNE is a long, grand epic which must be seen in widescreen. It's really a Gerard Depardieu movie
and he is magnificent as a legionnaire in French-occupied Sahara. LE SAUVAGE is a romantic comedy which is one of my favorite Deveuve films. Catherine Deneuve necessarily enters runaway Yves Montand's placid life
and wreaks havoc. Chemistry again in LE CHOC with Alain Delon as a professional hitman who meets Deneuve when he is hiding out. I had not seen HOTEL DES AMERIQUES before. While I still enjoyed this drama, I could not eventually understand the stubborn fascination of the Deneuve character with Patrick Dewaere (who died tragically young in real life). In MANON 70, Deneuve cannot commit to any one man till she meets Sami Frey, then . . .

Here's hoping Lionsgate produces and releases a collection of films starring another French legend -
Michele Morgan.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
PLEASE READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!! I've tried to order this set 4-5 times in the last few months both from Amazon and third party sellers/new and used and each time I received sets containing two disc#2's and no disc#1.There's a bad run of this thing out there and no one is checking on this.Be sure to contact a seller and ask specifically if disc#1 is PRESENT in the set before attempting to make a purchase.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific transfers, great films! June 11, 2008
By Dee J.
After I couldn't get through to the amazon site (my ISP had connection problems), I purchased the C.D. set locally and have already watched most of it. The transfer to DVD is really good, with rich color and crystal-clear images. Although most of the footage is English-subtitled, I had no problem enjoying what I have watched of the five movies. Nice packaging, too!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition Of Beauty August 27, 2012
Foreign films seem to be few and far between because of limited distribution and we have companies like Lionsgate who have acquired the negatives and rights of some great rare gems. This collection not only highlights the talent and beauty of Catherine Deneuve but also gives us a great insight on basic French filmmaking. With a diverse series of titles, this collection shows how Deneuve could light up the screen in every thing she was in. This set is represented by comedy: Director Jean Paul Rappeneau's 'LE SAUVAGE'-1975 starring Yves Montand playing Cary Grant to Denueve's Katherine Hepburn character with a cameo appearance by American actress Dana Wynter, Swinging Sixties Op Art utilizing the Manon Lascout legend and upgrading it to a sexy affair in Director Jean Aurel's 'MANON 70'- 1968 also cameoing another American actor Robert Webber and gorgeous color photography by Edmond Richard, Crime thrillers such as Director Robin Davis's underrated 'LE CHOC'- 1982 with a great performance by Alain Delon playing an assassin wanting to quit the business, Psychological pot boilers such as Director Andre Techine's off beat 'HOTEL DES AMERIQUES'- 1981, and lastly Epic films as in Director Alain Corneau's three hour opus 'FORT SAGANNE'- 1984 where Catherine is reduced to a 20 minute cameo and giving another shattering beauty Sophie Marceau in an early performance much more screen time sharing things with actors Gerard Depardieu and Philippe Noiret. They also boast great music scores by France's lead composers Michel Legrand for 'LE SAUVAGE' and Philippe Sarde who does 'LE CHOC' , 'HOTEL DES AMERIQUES' and the magnificent score to 'FORT SAGANNE'. Each film is presented in its original aspect ratio in French with English Subtitles but no extras. Kudos to Lionsgate for resurrecting these fine titles for American audiences and showing the rare beauty of an exceptional woman.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to a cinematic master September 3, 2009
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The only Techiné film I've seen before is "Wild Reeds". I've been trying to buy it on DVD, which proved either virtually impossible or cripplingly expensive. Then I saw the listing for this compilation, which was not only cheaper than other copies of the film, but contained four films in total!

In addition to giving a broad idea of Techiné's career, the collection allows one to see the wonderful Catherine Deneuve twice (in "Hotel America" and "My favourite season"), as well as other familiar French actors, like Daniel Auteuil ("My favourite season") and Philippe Noiret ("I don't kiss").

"Hotel America" shows how obsessive love can construct and destruct lives. As the film is understated in the European way, it is useful to see it more than once to begin sensing the attraction of the protagonists to each other.

"I don't kiss" portrays the life journey of a young man who has fallen out with his family and works hard to rebuild his life in the seedy underworld of Paris. The young Marcel Blanc was awarded a César as Most Promising Actor for his role.

In "My favourite season" an estranged brother and sister (Auteuil and Deneuve) have to decide what is best for their ageing mother. The subtle complexities and interplay of interpersonal relationships are wonderfully depicted.

"Wild reeds" is often regarded as Techiné's masterpiece, and the intricate complications of young people coming of age, especially within a difficult period of French history (the years just before Algeria's independence), make this tale particularly enjoyable. Interesting to see the young Gael Morel as an actor - he became a strong director in his own right, making searing and violent films like "The Clan".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by Dorr Dennis
1.0 out of 5 stars Positively awful
One of the dumbest movies ever made. If this is emblematic of How the French think no wonder they need their fannies bailed out every couple of generations
Published 3 months ago by Thomas P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Deneuve collection
This set has pretty interesting movies with Catherine Deneuve, and the one with Alain Delon is really one of the more enjoyable ones.
Published 7 months ago by sonia
4.0 out of 5 stars Adult content with good actors
Enjoyed the video and would recommend for adult audiences only. Overall plot was a little far fetched but action kept it interesting.
Published 7 months ago by lparsh
5.0 out of 5 stars For the price, this is a steal!
I’ve been a fan of Andre Techine for a few years now. His string of films in the early 90’s were just incredible, and so when I saw that three of those films were together in this... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Ellington
2.0 out of 5 stars Deneuve was not enough to make it a good movie
Catherine is easy to look at the movie not so much. I did not finish it. I do not recommend.
Published 8 months ago by Don Roberto
1.0 out of 5 stars hey folks
this movie is not worth getting at all. It is a very poor plot, not well written and the acting sub par. Its not worth the time or money
Published 9 months ago by Joe Julian
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
boring, bad acting, yuk!!!! yuk poorly filmed, it had an unrealistic plot. I kept waiting for something to materialize, but not to be.
Published 9 months ago by v jon hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare films in one great box-set.
Great to have all these 4 films in one box-set. Wild Reeds is impossible t find on its own. Very happy. Thanks Amazon.
Published 11 months ago by George Constantin
5.0 out of 5 stars stunningly beautiful
The best buy to get some of Catherine's work, Le sauvage is very funny with Yves Montone, the main reason I bought the set.
Published 13 months ago by Bruce W Tugwell
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