The Butcher [DVD] [1970]

This DVD edition of Claude Chabrol's thriller The Butcher offers a commentary tack recorded by the film's screenwriters, Howard Rodman and Terry Curtis. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. French, English, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials also include biographies, a still photo gallery, and a trailer.
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Special Features

  • Letterboxed
  • 16 x 9 enhanced video
  • Scene access
  • Audio commentary by Howard Rodman (screenwriter) and Terry Curtis Fox (screenwriter)
  • Biographies
  • Trailer
  • Still gallery


The Butcher
Sexual frustration is the focus of this Hitchcockian thriller from French director Claude Chabrol. Schoolteacher Hélène (Stéphane Audran) comes to a small Périgord village to begin a new job. She is soon romanced by the local butcher, Popaul (Jean Yanne), but is distracted by her job and memories of a previous ill-fated relationship. A series of brutal murders of young women and a dropped cigarette-lighter raise Hélène's suspicions about her suitor, whose pitiable, depraved compulsions lead to a gruesome conclusion. Audran, who was Chabrol's wife at the time, makes an engaging heroine, and Yanne is simultaneously scary and pathetic as the obsessive butcher. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jean Yanne
    Jean Yanne - Popaul
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    Pasquale Ferone - Pere Cahrpy
  • Image coming soon
    Roger Rudel - Police Inspector Grumbach
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