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New on Disc: 'Le Beau Serge' and more …

10 Oct, 2011 By: Mike Clark

Le Beau Serge

Criterion, Drama, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Jean-Claude Brialy, Gérard Blain, Bernadette Lafont.
France’s Nouvelle Vague movement’s feature-film launch is credited to this rather brooding Claude Chabrol achievement, which the writer-director filmed in Sardent, the town where he’d resided during World War II while his father was fighting for the Resistance.
Extras: Included here is a standout 51-minute documentary from 2003 that interviews an ingratiating Chabrol on camera. There’s also a 10-minute snippet from another documentary done in 1969.
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Grandview, U.S.A.

Paramount, Comedy, $19.99 DVD, ‘R.’
Stars Jamie Lee Curtis. C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze.
Not only does Grandview have the semi-obligatory rock video fantasy numbers that look like remnants from MTV — but also a cast that turns the result into a tolerably mellow experience.
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The Inspector General: Collector’s Edition

Shout! Factory, Comedy, $19.97 DVD, NR.
Stars Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, Gene Lockhart.
This Technicolor farce set in 18th-century Hungary features Danny Kaye as an illiterate gypsy peddler of fake medicine who is mistaken for Napoleon’s prime sleuth of municipal theft, graft and corruption.
Extras: The DVD includes a rare 1938 Kaye comic short about life insurance, and some of director Henry Koster’s home movies.
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