The Inspector Lavardin Collection
The Inspector Lavardin Collection offers two mystery-suspense films from French filmmaker Claude Chabrol — Chicken With Vinegar (1985) and its sequel, Inspector Lavardin (1986), as well as two Lavardin television films by Chabrol.

Chicken with Vinegar: When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied son and his cruel mother, who run the local post office? Or a pushy trio of would-be land developers?

Inspector Lavardin: When a wealthy and devout Roman Catholic writer is found murdered on a beach with the word "PIG" written on his back, Inspector Lavardin is sent to investigate. In the course of his probing, he discovers that the widow is an old flame of his and that the small coastal town holds other secrets.

The two additional Lavardin mysteries — The Black Snail (1988) and Danger Lies in the Words (1989) — are projects that Chabrol directed for television.

2 x BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:49:46 + 01:40:30 | 44.8 Gb + 43.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Mystery

Director: Claude Chabrol
Cast: Jean Poiret, Stephane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy
Country: France


Disc One:

• The Black Snail (1080p; 1:31:52) is a 1988 made for television feature from The Secret Files of Inspector Lavardin series. Lavardin investigates a case which may involve a serial murderer who leaves large black snails on his victims.

• 2014 Re-Release Trailer (1080p; 1:47)

• Feature Length Commentary by Film Critics Wade Major and Andy Klein. Major and Klein give a bit of background on Chabrol while also providing biographical and filmography credits of various participants in the film. This commentary provides a good overview, with some salient insight into Chabrol's approach.

Disc Two:

• Danger Lies in the Words (1080p; 1:34:14) is a 1989 made for television feature from The Secret Files of Inspector Lavardin series. Fans of Hercule Poirot's novelist friend Ariadne Oliver may get a kick out of this episode, for it features the murder of a crime writer.

• 2014 Re-Release Trailer (1080p; 1:28)

• Feature Length Commentary by Film Critics Wade Major and Andy Klein. For my money, this is the better of the two commentaries, if perhaps only because the commentators have a bit more to work with in terms of the plot and its development. Interestingly, they posit that this film is really more in line with Agatha Christie than with Hitchcock, though they mention that the film bears a certain tonal similarity to Hitch's The Trouble With Harry.

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