Diabolically Yours (Diaboliquement vôtre) (1967)

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Released 23-Sep-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Crime None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1967
Running Time 89:01
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Julien Duvivier
Studio
Distributor
Canal+
Madman Entertainment
Starring Alain Delon
Senta Berger
Peter Mosbacher
Claude Piéplu
Albert Augier
Renate Birgo
Georges Montant
Sergio Fantoni
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI Box Music François de Roubaix


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Diaboliquement vôtre is an early example of the psychological thriller.

    The film recounts the tale of Georges Campo (Delon), who in the (neat) opening credits of the film speeds through winding countryside roads, only to awaken in a hospital bed after weeks in a coma.

    Georges is completely unaware of who he is (a wealthy businessman) or the fact that he is married to the striking Christiane (Berger), who Georges is told was also in the car with him, but survived the car crash without injury.

    Christiane takes Georges to their luxurious mansion to recover from the accident and although Georges is still unable to recall who Christiane is, he immediately abandons the search of his true identity and embraces both her and the lavish lifestyle she offers.

    But Georges starts begins to have unnerving nightmares, and his past memories do not appear to synch with his present life, all the while his wife Christiane, his friend Freddie (Fantoni) and the curious butler Kim (Mosbacher) are all acting ever so suspiciously.

    Diaboliquement vôtre, which is based on a pulp novel, was renowned director Julien Duviver’s last film. The enjoyable thriller contains many illogical twists and turns, and the film also leaves the audience trying to figuring out who exactly is conning who right to the last scene, particularly since the narrative is told through the eyes of the paranoid Georges.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Presented in 1:66:1 16x9 enhanced widescreen, the transfer is satisfactory considering the age of the film.

    The colour scheme is natural, and the picture remains at most times sharp and defined.

    Shadow detail is equally adequate.

    Film grain appears on occasion but is never a distracting issue.

    The subtitles for the French dialogue are presented in a clear yellow font.

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Audio

    The single audio soundtrack is a 1.0 French mono track. It remains crisp and clear throughout the feature.

     The original soundtrack was composed by the late François de Roubaix.

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Extras

Main Menu

    A still from the film with options for 12 scene selections and subtitle options.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Diaboliquement vôtre is currently only available in Region 4 as part of the ‘French Screen Icons – Alain Delon 1’ series from Madman. Overseas this title is also available in the US, UK and France as part of similarly themed barebones boxsets.

Summary

    Diaboliquement vôtre is an entertaining thriller, and while it is farfetched, the film remains engaging mainly due to Delon’s restrained performance. The DVD is adequately produced with quality picture and sound.

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Monday, October 19, 2009
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