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  • Actors: Jean-Dominique Bauby, Isabelle Pasco, Gérard Sandoz, Yves Montand, Olivier Martinez
  • Directors: Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UPQ1ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jean-Jacques Beineix Box Collection" on IMDb

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Enjoy this exclusive 7-DVD box set that features many of Jean-Jacques Beineix's film that have never before been released in the U.S. Also included are the famed director's most critically-acclaimed films, Diva and the Oscar®-nominated smash hit, Betty Blue. Take a journey through the Beineix collection and experience French New Wave cinema at its finest. Includes: Diva, Betty Blue Director's Cut, Mortal Transfer, The Moon in the Gutter, IP5, Roselyne and the Lions, Locked-In Syndrome, Otaku and Mr. Michel's Dog Bonus Features: "Life, Passion, Cinema Featurette"

About the Director

A rabid movie fan when he was young, Jean-Jacques Beineix first studied medicine before entering the movie business. During the seventies, as an assistant director, he worked with Claude Berri, René Clément, Claude Zidi and even Jerry Lewis. But, like many assistants, Beineix' dream was to direct. His first effort was in 1977 with the short Le Chien de Monsieur Michel (Mr. Michel s Dog). A promising debut, it earned a César nomination for best short film. In 1981, he directed his first feature Diva, a stylish thriller based on a book by Delacorta. When it came out, Diva was not supported by French critics, but slowly the film gained momentum due to good word of mouth and positive reactions in various festivals like Moscow and Toronto. Ultimately, the film became a great success internationally, winning four Césars. His next film, La Lune dans le caniveau (The Moon in The Gutter), was an adaptation of a David Goodis novel, more radical than Diva in its deliberate artificiality. It premiered at Cannes in 1983. Beineix came back in 1986 with 37°2 le matin (Betty Blue), based on a Philippe Djian novel. Despite mixed reviews, the film was another international hit, won the top price at Montréal festival, and was nominated for best foreign film at both the Oscars and Golden Globes. It also earned 9 César nominations including best film and best director. In 1989, Beineix directed Roselyne et les lions (Roselyn and the Lions) (1989) followed in 1992, by IP5, which was known for being French actor Yves Montand's last role. Beineix then resurfaced where he was least expected with social documentaries. He did a film about children in Romania; one on obsession, Otaku, shot in Japan; and a piece for television on the French Elle editor, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a stroke that resulted in locked-In syndrome, Assigné à residence. In 2001, he returned to fiction with Mortel Transfert (Mortal Transfer), a psycho-thriller based on a Jean-Pierre Gattégno novel. In 2002, Beineix drew strong ratings with the made-for-TV documentary Loft paradoxe, an attempt to analyze the success of reality show Loft Story. With his intense focus on the power of images, Beineix paved the way for directors like Luc Besson, Leos Carax and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. A self-proclaimed misanthropist who never hid his contempt for producers and was often deemed excessive and irascible, he will go down in history as a director who raised controversy not for the subjects he tackled but for his stylistic approach. With Diva and 37°2 le matin, he directed two seminal French films of the eighties that engaged a worldwide audience. Jean-Jacques Beineix created his own production company in 1984, Cargo Films, in order to keep artistic independence. The company produces feature films and documentaries on a wide variety of themes from science to art, to women's rights to social problems. Several films have been made in partnership with national scientific organization such as CNES and CNRS. In 2006 he published the first volume of his autobiography, Les Chantiers de la gloire published in French only. This title clearly alludes to the French title of Stanley Kubrick's film, Les Sentiers de la gloire (Paths of Glory). Additionally, Beineix, is a painter, with several works available to view on his website.

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This movie, while being sad in the sense that what happened to him was sad, he endured and was able to write a book concerning his dilemma.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susands on December 19, 2012
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Very interesting subject matter. The actual movie "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is better. A must-see for anyone in the health care field as it shows the thoughts of a patient who cannot communicate in the normal way.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nurseontherun on April 18, 2012
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What can I say?
A video of a tragedy? Or a video of a work of love?
I read and saw "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", and a friend made me aware of this video. It was interesting and moving. A rare glimpse into another world.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerjman on June 30, 2013
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Australian-released, "Locked-in syndrome"(1) is accomplished with "Mr. MICHAEL'S DOG"(2) "Otaru"(3).

1. A story of paralysed intellectual communicating with the world with blinking an eye and thanks to a patience, love and time spent daily by a wife near his bedside. Lucky one having such sacrificing a life and own health spouse
2. A mostly unemployed artist-or-whatever begs scrapes for his dog imaginary to survive-and life bites as neighbours presented him an animal real, hungry for its meat itself. Also a jacket informs, that this is autobiographic work, not much is being initiated with allegories
3. Mostly in Japanese (even without French subtitles, no English at all) rather a doco is factually the longest-running feature on a disc. As understood, it tells of cultural specific not translatable into western margins, dealt with obsession with fetishism and sex involving the under-aged.

I was not impressed much with Betty Blue, that is why this set hardly touches much an average viewer I am.
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