This Man Must Die [DVD] [1969]

Claude Chabrol's engrossing psychological thriller comes to DVD in this modest but well-presented package. The original widescreen aspect ratio of the film is retained. The audio features the original French-language soundtrack, as well as two alternate tracks dubbed into English and Spanish; the disc also includes optional English subtitles. Extras include biographies of the film personnel, stills, and the movie's theatrical trailer. The film-to-video transfer, however, is far from great. In many exterior scenes the focus is soft, and the detail is mushy. This becomes especially noticeable during fast camera movements. On the other hand, given This Man Must Die's long unavailability on home video, this DVD release is a welcome opportunity to see this acclaimed movie.
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Special Features

  • Letterboxed
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access
  • Biographies
  • Trailer
  • Still gallery
  • Closed Captioned


Que la Bête Meure
Claude Chabrol directs the tense psychological thriller Que la Bête Meure (This Man Must Die). When his young son is the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, writer Charles Thenier (Michel Duchaussoy) is determined to find the killer. Obsessed with avenging his son's death, he carefully records his thoughts in a diary. He travels to Paris and meets actress Helene Lanson (Caroline Cellier), who is a prime witness to the accident. After they start up a love affair, he discovers that the driver of the car was her brother-in-law, Paul Decourt (Jean Yanne). Paul also owns the auto repair shop that fixed up the car after the accident. Believing Paul is the killer, Charles befriends his son Phillipe Decourt (Marc Di Napoli). As it happens, Phillipe also wants Paul dead for his own reasons. Charles manages to get invited to the family's seaside home in Brittany in order to finally get his revenge, but things don't work out according to plan. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michel Duchaussoy
    Michel Duchaussoy - Charles
  • Caroline Cellier
    Caroline Cellier - Helene
  • Jean Yanne
    Jean Yanne - Paul
  • Anouk Ferjac
    Anouk Ferjac - Jeanne
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    Marc di Napoli - Philippe Decourt
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