Criterion Press Release: Band of Outsiders (Blu-ray)

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    BAND OF OUTSIDERS - Bluray Edition
    Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with Band of Outsiders. In it, two restless young men (Sweet Movie’s Sami Frey andEyes Without a Face’s Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Pierrot le fou’s Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakeably cool Madison dance sequence. 1964 • 95 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New digital master of Gaumont’s recent high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Visual glossary of references and wordplay found in Band of Outsiders
    • Exclusive interviews with cinematographer Raoul Coutard and actor Anna Karina • Excerpts from a 1964 interview with director Jean-Luc Godard, including rare behind-the-scenes footage from the film • Filmmaker Agnès Varda’s 1961 silent comedy Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald, starring Godard and Karina and featuring other members of the Band of Outsiders cast • Godard’s original theatrical trailer and the 2001 U.S. rerelease trailer • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by poet and critic Joshua Clover, Godard’s character descriptions for the film’s 1964 press book, and an interview with the director from the same year TITLE: Band of Outsiders (BLU-RAY EDITION) CAT. NO: CC2266BD UPC: 7-15515-10641-2 ISBN: 978-1-60465-729-6 SRP: $39.95 PREBOOK: 4/9/13 STREET: 5/7/13
     

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