May 252021

Cartouche is a fun French swashbuckling action adventure with the only fault being a frustrating main character who was difficult to really root for.




Genre(s): Adventure
Kino Lorber| NR – 116 min. – $24.95 | June 8, 2021

Date Published: 05/25/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Philippe de Broca
Writer: Daniel Boulanger and Philippe de Broca and Charles Spaak (screenplay)
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Hahn, Marcel Dalio, Jean Rochefort

Features: Commentary, Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: French (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 45.28 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.79 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Kino Lorber provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


Plot Synopsis: Louis-Dominique Bourguignon (JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO), alias Cortouche, is an 18th-century rogue master thief and swordsman. But when Cortouche meets the beautiful bandit Venus (CLAUDIA CARDINALE), the pair launch a series of scandalous raids that rock the Parisian aristocracy. Can the most wanted man in France now steal the hearts of rich and poor alike or will he discover that true love may be the most dangerous caper of all?

Quick Hit Review: Cartouche is pretty much a version of Robin Hood if only Maid Marianne was noncommittal and Robin Hood himself a infuriating ass whose decisions, and attraction to another woman, the king’s wife, made no sense. Or perhaps a sign of self destruction with victims caught in the crosshairs. Outside of the main character, who admittedly has his charms, this is still an entertaining swashbuckling-esque tale with fine fight scenes and, as far as I can tell with foreign language films, solid performances.



Features include an Audio Commentary with Film Critic and Author Simon Abrams, Adventures with a Capital C (26:25) featurette with Alexandra de Broca and Journalist Thomas Morales and lastly the Theatrical Trailer (3:32).


VIDEO – 4¾/5

Although there’s no mention of a new scan, this Blu-ray release from Cartouche by Kino Lorber looks fantastic. Detail is sharp and very nicely defined throughout for both close-ups and the more distant shots. Colors are nicely balanced and the original film grain and noise has been retained giving this as close to a theatrical experience as possible.

AUDIO – 4½/5

The disc includes a French language DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and the fight scenes showcases some good and well balanced depth.


OVERALL – 3½/5

Cartouche is a fun French swashbuckling action adventure with the only fault being a frustrating main character who was difficult to really root for. The Blu-ray from Kino Lorber offers up great video and audio transfers and an okay selection of bonus material.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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