Canadian International Pictures

Dirty Money

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This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover (designed by Jaxon Northon) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

From arthouse to Canuxploitation, Canadian International Pictures (CIP) is devoted to resurrecting vital, distinctive, and overlooked triumphs of Canadian cinema. This label is focused on the country’s original cinematic boom years – spanning the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s – occasionally venturing past that period (and the country’s borders) to highlight the films of Canada’s most inspired actors and filmmakers. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing CIP's brand new line of home video releases!

50th anniversary special edition

After a raucous visit from the wealthy Uncle Arthur (The Death of a Lumberjack’s J. Léo Gagnon), working class Montreal couple Roland (O.K. ... Laliberté’s René Caron) and Berthe (Mustang’s Luce Guilbeault) are left feeling slighted by his meager gift of $500. Hungry for more, Berthe hatches a plan to descend on Uncle Arthur’s remote country house and steal his small fortune with the help of her delinquent brother and cousin. When the robbery spirals out of control, allegiances shift, blood is spilled, and Roland’s dimwitted lodger Ernest (J.A. Martin Photographer’s Marcel Sabourin) takes center stage in a harrowing battle for Arthur’s stolen cash.

Three decades before winning the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for The Barbarian Invasions, Denys Arcand started his fiction filmmaking career with an informal trilogy (Dirty Money, Réjeanne Padovani, and Gina) that remains the high-water mark for Canadian crime cinema. Loosely inspired by the B-movies of the ’40s, while anticipating Blood Simple and other neo-noirs of the ’80s, Dirty Money is an unforgettable blend of pastiche and provocation. Shot through with pitch black humor and grounded by a cavalcade of memorable performances, Arcand’s fiction debut announced the arrival of a major Canadian filmmaking talent.

directed by: Denys Arcand
starring: Marcel Sabourin, Luce Guilbeault, René Caron, Gabriel Arcand, J. Léo Gagnon, Maurice Gauvin, Andree Lalonde, Jean-Pierre Saulnier
1972 / 100 min / 2.35:1 / French DTS-HD MA 5.1, 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Newly scanned and restored in 4K from the 35mm original camera negative by Éléphant - mémoire du cinéma québécois with sound transferred and restored from the original 35mm magnetic final mix
  • Audio commentary featuring Paul Corupe of and film historian Jason Pichonsky
  • Making Money (2023, 20 min.) – New interview with director Denys Arcand
  • Building an Industry (2023, 23 min.) – New interview with Cinémathèque québécoise director Robert Daudelin
  • New audio interviews with cast members Gabriel Arcand (19 min.) and Marcel Sabourin (17 min.)
  • Trailers for Arcand’s Dirty Money (1972), Réjeanne Padovani (1973), and Gina (1975)
  • Restoration trailer for Dirty Money
  • Booklet featuring a new interview with screenwriter Jacques Benoit
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles