Criterion Press Release: Shoah (DVD)

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    SHOAH – Blu-Ray & DVD Editions
    Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour-plus opus is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies (of survivors and former Nazis, as well as other witnesses), employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming Shoah is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present, and it is inarguably one of the most important cinematic works of all time.

    1985 • 550 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

    • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
    • Three additional films by director Claude Lanzmann: A Visitor from the Living(1999, 68 minutes), Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001, 102 minutes), and The Karski Report (2010, 54 minutes)
    • New conversation between critic Serge Toubiana and Lanzmann
    • Interview with Lanzmann about A Visitor from the Living and Sobibor
    • New conversation between associate director of photography Caroline Champetier and filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and writings by Lanzmann

    TITLE: Shoah (6-DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2257D
    UPC: 7-15515-0531-6
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-719-7
    SRP: $99.95
    PREBOOK: 5/28/13
    STREET: 6/25/13

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