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Feast on 'Chicken with Vinegar' and other gems by Claude Chabrol

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Two mystery-suspense films from the French master Claude Chabrol will make their U.S. Blu-ray debut when the Cohen Film Collection releases the Inspector Lavardin Collection. The two-disc set, also available on DVD, features digitally remastered editions of Chicken With Vinegar and its sequel, Inspector Lavardin, as well as two Lavardin television films by Chabrol.
Among the scores of acclaimed films directed by Claude Chabrol (Les Cousins, Les Biches, The Unfaithful Wife, The Butcher, Madame Bovary, The Flower of Evil), two of his most popular remain the murder mysteries featuring police inspector Jean Lavardin. Academy Award nominee Jean Poiret stars as the seasoned inspector, while his co-stars include famed French actors (and Chabrol regulars) Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont and Chabrol's muse and longtime wife Stéphane Audran (The Unfaithful Wife, The Butcher, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie).
In Chicken With Vinegar (1985, also known as Coq au Vin), based on the novel Une mort en trop by Dominique Roulet, a cruel invalid (Stéphane Audran) who consistently terrorizes her teen son into abject obedience is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project. After several of the principal figures suffer grisly deaths, Lavardin arrives to get to the bottom of it all.
In the 1986 followup Inspector Lavardin, the detective travels to a small coastal town to investigate the puzzling death of a wealthy writer found murdered on a beach, with the word "pig" scrawled on his backside. Lavardin is thrown off balance when he discovers that the writer's widow is none other than his own former lover.
Writing about Chicken With Vinegar, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum said of Chabrol: "At last! The petit-maître is back in form, doing what he knows how to do best."
The Inspector Lavardin Collection includes the two additional Lavardin mysteries that Chabrol directed for television: The Black Snail (1988) and Danger Lies in the Words (1989). Other extras in the set are audio commentary by film critics Wade Major and Andy Klein and a new essay by critic Peter Tonguette.