Two Classic French Films from Kino Lorber Due on Disc April 5

Kino Lorber April 5 will release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc two classic French films from the 1970s, The Body of My Enemy and Armageddon.

Both films will be released under the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics line, in the original French, with English subtitles.

The Body  of My Enemy is a 1976 thriller from director Henri Verneuil that stars Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bernard Blier, Marie-France Pisier, and Daniel Ivernel. In this stylist revenge story, François Leclercq (Belmondo) once romanced the beautiful Gilberte Liégard (Pisier), daughter of a powerful textile baron (Blier). Now only hatred holds them together. Framed for murder and imprisoned for seven years, François returns to his hometown seeking vengeance. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town. 

Bonus features include a new audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson.

Armageddon is a 1977 thriller from director Alain Jessua that stars Alain Delon, Jean Yanne, Renato Salvatori, Michel Duchaussoy, and Marie Dea.
Delon portrays an Interpol psychologist who must stop a madman from triggering Armageddon when a repairman named Louis Carrier (Yanne) uses his newly inherited fortune to launch a campaign of terror that will make him a household name. Becoming more and more mentally unstable, Carrier threatens the police and various government institutions while operating under the alias “Armageddon.” Delon heads the investigation and prepares a trap at an international conference of world leaders in Paris. 

Both releases feature new audio commentaries by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson, along with the original theatrical trailers.

Cohen Film Collection Sets Aug. 31 Blu-ray Disc, DVD Release Dates for Two French Alain Delon Films

Cohen Film Collection has announced an Aug. 31 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of “Three Men to Kill,” a double feature of two classic French crime dramas starring Alain Delon, the French actor and screen sex symbol of the 1960s and ’70s.

The collection will consist of  the movies The Gang (1977) and Three Men to Kill (1980), and will retail at $19.95 (DVD) and $29.95 (Blu-ray). 

The Gang: In 1945, as World War Two comes to a close, five small-time crooks unite to form a gang led by the charismatic Delon. After several bold robberies they become notorious as “the front-wheel drive gang.” The police attempt to stop their crime spree with little success, but the gang’s luck won’t last forever.

Three Men to Kill (1980): In this gritty, violent and suspenseful thriller, Delon plays Gerfaut, who comes to the aid of a man laying wounded in the road, not knowing the man has taken two bullets to the belly. Soon he becomes the target of the killers, who see him as a dangerous witness. But Gerfaut has been around the block a couple of times and he won’t be so easily eliminated. 

Both films were directed by Jacques Deray and have been fully restored. They are in French, with English subtitles.