Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue (or 37˚2 Le Matin to give it the correct French title) was the film that introduced the world (and teenage boys) to the charms of Béatrice Dalle.
The 1986 film tells the story of laid-back handyman Zorg spends his time doing odd jobs on beach-front chalets, making chilli and harbouring dreams of becoming a writer. His life is turned upside down with the arrival or the beautiful but volatile Betty.
This stunning and evocative movie is elevated by a perfect soundtrack by Gabriel Yared. Although regarded as something of a cult classic, it’s interesting to note that it did secure BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film back in 1986.
The ‘Directors Cut’ or Version Integrale as it used to be known, was first introduced on a special edition VHS back in 1993. This cut adds an hour to the running time of the movie, although whether it actually improves the film is open to debate. At least you get a choice with both the standard 121 min theatrical version and the 185 minute director’s cut available on this release.
A bonus DVD (not blu-ray) includes Blue Notes and Bungalows – The Making of Betty Blue. This is a new documentary featuring new interviews with Jean-Jacques Beineix, Béatrice Dalle, Jean-Hughes Anglade, Claudie Ossard, Gabriel Yared, Jean-Francois Robin. Also included are Beatrice Dalle’s screen tests.
This deluxe 2-disc edition of Betty Blue is out on 25 November 2013. It is region free.