Le Samourai (Criterion Collection)

Le Samourai (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: This is a new, restored high-definition digital transfer with new and improved English subtitle translation.
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Interviews:
      1. Jean-Pierre Melville/Rui Nogueira & Ginette Vincendeau - Film Historians
      2. Jean-Pierre Melvilee - Archival Excerpt
      3. Alain Delon - Archival Excerpt
      4. Cathy Rosier - Archival Excerpt
      5. Nathalie Delon - Archival Excerpt
      6. Francois Perier - Archival Excerpt
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Essay: by film scholar David Thomson
    • Reprinted tribute by filmmaker John Woo

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Entertainment Reviews:

Los Angeles Times - 02/27/1997
"...An austere poem of crime, a fatalistic exercise in myth-making and transcendent style..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/08/1997
"...The film is masterful in its control of acting and visual style....LE SAMOURAI is as finished and polished as a film can be..."
Rolling Stone - 11/17/2005
4 stars out of 5 -- "With minimal amounts of violence but maximum style....Simply, the coolest film ever."
New York Times - 11/08/2005
"Melville's 1968 masterpiece....Minimal dialogue, a spare and moody jazz score and images drained of any color warmer than blue steel contribute to an overwhelming sense of repression and control."
Premiere - 12/01/2005
4 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a nigh perfectly constructed film, and its finale remains one of the most stunning yet enigmatic twists ever committed to celluloid."

Product Description:

When a stoic, icily professional assassin is witnessed leaving the scene of a nightclub "hit" by a barroom pianist who doesn't let on to the cops, he discovers that he's being set up for something worse than jail. New wave noir from Melville, the tough-guy darling of the "Cahiers du Cinema" crowd. Based on the novel "The Ronin" by Joan McLeod.


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  • Sales Rank: 68,973
  • UPC: 037429208526
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