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Cool Lakes of Death, The
Director: Nouchka van Brakel
Cast: Renee Soutendijk, Derek de Lint
Studio: Cult Epics Genre: Foreign
Pre-Order Date: 04-13-2021 Release Date: 05-11-2021
Production Year: 1982 SRP: $29.95
Catalog #: CE181 UPC: 881190018194
Format: DVD Number of Discs: 1
Language: Dutch Subtitles: English
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.66:1 Audio Format: PCM Mono
Plot Summary:
From the acclaimed novel by Frederik van Eeden, The Cool Lakes of Death (Van de Koele Meren des Doods) is the magnum opus from pioneering feminist filmmaker Nouchka van Brakel. A celebrated Dutch masterpiece, The Cool Lakes of Death is a historic melodrama featuring an outstanding performance by Renée Soutendijk (The 4th Man) as Hedwig, a wealthy woman who falls victim to a loveless marriage and the loss of her lover (Derek de Lint) and child that leads to mental illness, prostitution and addiction - before finding possible redemption. A box-office smash upon its release in 1982, The Cool Lakes of Death remains one of the greatest Dutch drama films in history and was subsequently the Dutch entry for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the Academy Awards. Cult Epics presents Nouchka van Brakel's The Cool Lakes of Death for the first time in North America on Blu-ray in a newly restored High-definition 4K transfer and with new bonus features.
Additional Information


- Blu-ray Artwork
- Blu-ray Artwork (2)
DVD Artwork

Special Features:

- New 4K HD Transfer (from original negative) & Restoration Original LPCM 2.0 Mono track
- New DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono track
- Polygoon Journal Newsreel (1982, HD)
- Poster & Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
- Ltd. Edition Packaging featuring Original & Newly Designed Art


From melodrama to strong film. The Cool Lakes of Death has become a brilliant film wrapped in the fascinating, beautiful and always very functional photography of color magician and creator of atmospheres Theo van de Sande. The film is also pristine in sound and beautifully decorated, which is reflected in the endearingly rustling costumes. - Algemeen Dagblad

This new film gives Renee Soutendijk the status she deserves, namely that of the Netherlands' most important film star. She gave shape to Hedwig's complicated character with a rare amount of talent. The change from a frail young lady to a completely run-down morphine whore has been cleverly designed by Renee Soutendijk. The further (19th century) decoration of the film and clever construction of the story make The Cool Lakes of Death a wonderful film. So rightly applause for Nouchka van Brakel. -Het Vrije Volk

A sample card of ingenuity, diligence and vision. A film that can keep a large audience thinking and make them think, an intelligent director who has something to say, a brilliant cameraman with light magic, a technical sample of some thrift and diligence, and an actress, who works entirely on her own strength to become an international star. - NRC Handelsblad

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