May 062022

Twisting the Knife is the next collection of films from filmmaker Claude Chabrol and includes The SwindleThe Color of LiesNightcap and The Flower of Evil and has a plethora of bonus features for each film.



Twisting the Knight: Four Films by Claude Chabrol
(The Swerve/The Color of Lies/Nightcap/The Flower of Evil)

Genre(s): Various
Arrow Video| NR – 419 min. – $99.95 | April 26, 2022

Date Published: 05/06/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Claude Chabrol
Writer(s): Various
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Sandrine Bonnaire, François Cluzet, Antoine De Caunes, Jacques Dutronc, Suzanne Flon, Jacques Gamblin, Isabelle Huppert, Bernard Le Coq, Benoît Magimel, Anna Mouglalis, Rodolphe Pauly, Michel Serrault, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Features: Audio Commentaries, Interviews, Trailers, Galleries
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 4

Audio: French (PCM 2.0), French (DTS-HD MA 5.1) (Nightcap and Flower of Evil only)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.66
Subtitles: English
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

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


THE SWINDLE (1997) — Small-time crooks Victor (MICHELE SERRAULT) and Betty (ISABELLE HUPPERT) live their lives on the road, conning money out of businessmen but staying under the radar by taking no more than their victims can afford. Until the day when Betty hooks a big fish (FRANCOIS CLUZET) linked to international money trafficking, and they find themselves in over their heads. Who is scamming who and who do you trust in a life built on so many lies?

THE COLOR OF LIES (1999) — In the small coastal town of St. Malo, Brittany, the body of a 10-year-old girl is found murdered. Suspicion falls on the dour Rene Sterne (JACQUES GAMBLIN) a once famous painter, now art treacher, who was the last person to see her alive. His marriage to the buoyant Vivianne (SANDRINE BONNAIRE), already under strain beneath the weight of gossip and rumour, is further tested when shallow but successful novelist, journalist, and TV host German-Roland Desmot (ANTOINE DE CAUNES) arrives, a flamboyant ladies’ man with a vacation home in St. Malo and an interest in Vivianne.

NIGHTCAP (2000) — The spider at the center of a murderous web of deception, Huppert stars as Mika, wife of virtuoso pianist André Polonski (JACQUES DUTRONIC) and stepmother to his son, Guillaume, whose mother died in a car wreck on his sixth birthday. When a young pianist, Jeanne (ANNA MOUGLALIST), learns that she and Guillaume were almost exchanged at birth, she takes the opportunity to introduce herself, believing she might in fact be Andre’s daughter. Welcomed into the Polonski home, André makes her his pupil. But behind the facade of perfection, something is not quite right. Jeanne becomes suspicious of the seemingly benevolent Mika and the hot chocolate that she prepares each night for the whole family.

THE FLOWER OF EVIL (2003) — Anne Charpin-Vasseur (ANTHALIE BAYE), matriarch of an outwardly perfect upper-class family in Bordeaux decides to run for Mayor. But in the midst of her campaign a leaflet appears, accusing her family of collaboration with the Nazis, profiteering, adultery, and more. One by one skeletons begin to emerge from the closet, sowing discord and distrust as the family begins to unravel.



This four-disc set, each movie is in its own cardboard case which side-slides into a sturdy outercase. Included is a nice bound-perfect book containing essays on Chabrol.


  • Audio Commentary by film critic Barry Forshaw and author Sean Hogan
  • Chabrol’s “Soap Bubble” (14:36) — New visual essay by Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze, author of “Claude Chabrol: The Aesthetics of Opacity”, exploring the games Chabrol plays with his characters and audience.
  • Film as a Family Affair (38:11) — Cecile Maistre-Chabrol, the stepdaughter of Claude Chabrol and his assistant director on fourteen features discusses his life, work, and wisdom.
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette (8:22)
  • Interview (25:28) with Isabelle Huppert
  • Archive Introduction (2:28) by film scholar Joel Magny
  • Select Scene Commentaries (24:20) by director Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical Trailer (1:45)
  • Image Gallery


  • Audio Commentary by critic Barry Forshaw and author Sean Hogan
  • Nothing is Sacred (13:57) — New visual essay by film critic Scout Tafoya examining the ideas of art and legacy of Chabrol’s The Color of Lies.
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette (25:47)
  • Archive Introduction (2:33) by film scholar Joel Magny
  • Select Scene Commentaries (20:08) by director Claude Chabrol
  • Theatrical Trailer (1:14)
  • Image Gallery


  • Audio Commentary by film critic Justine Smith
  • When I pervert good… (11:15) — Brand new visual essay by film critic Scout Tafoya who takes a closer look at late period Charbrol.
  • Archive Interview (7:06) with actress Isabelle Huppert
  • Archive Interview (32:02) with Jacques Dutronc
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette (26:05)
  • Screen Test (10:33) for Anna Mouglalis
  • Archive Introduction (3:11) by film scholar Joel Magny
  • Select Scene Commentaries (43:48) by director Claid Chabrol
  • Theatrical Trailer (1:39)
  • Image Gallery


  • Audio Commentary by film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • Behind the Masks: Remembering Claude Chabrol (14:30) — New appreciation by Agnes C. Poirier, author of “Left Bank: Arts, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris 1940-1950, in which she shares her personal reminiscence of Chabrol.
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette (25:36)
  • Archive Introduction (3:31) by film scholar Joel Magny
  • Select Scene Commentaries (49:29) by director Claude Chabrol
  • Interview (24:47) — Screenwriter Catherine Eliacheff
  • Theatrical Trailer (2:14)
  • Image Gallery



VIDEO – 5/5

Arrow Video releases Twisting the Knife set of four films by Claude Chabrol which includes The Swindle, The Color of Lies, Nightcap and The Flower of Evil. All of these except The Color of Lies received new 1080p high-definition transfers, all presented in the original 1.66 widescreen aspect ratio. Viewing each of these, they all look pretty phenomenal, detail is sharp and well defined while colors are well balanced, with a couple of the movies having some vibrancy, most notably The Swindle and the lead’s red dress for example. The transfers of all four films were restored and provided by MK2.

AUDIO – 4¾/5

Every movie here comes with French-language PCM 2.0 tracks which sound good across the board providing clear dialogue and some okay depth for ambient noises or off-camera action. Meanwhile, Nightcap and Flower of Evil also includes French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks.





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

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