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Le Samourai - The Criterion Collection

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Released: 15th July 2024. In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology. 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features Interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris Melville-Delon: D’honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on Le samouraï Trailer PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo, and excerpts from Melville on Melville New cover by Polly Dedman

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  • Details

    Released:
    15th July 2024
    Category:
    World Cinema
    Studio:
    Criterion Collection
    Format:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Certification:
    12 – Suitable for 12 years and over
    Barcode:
    5060952892509
  • Description

    In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
    • Interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier
    • Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
    • Melville-Delon: D’honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on Le samouraï
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo, and excerpts from Melville on Melville
    • New cover by Polly Dedman
    Region Code:
    Region B
    Duration:
    105 minutes
    Original Language:
    French
    Extras:
    Language(s): French, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Screen ratio 1:1.85, Mono, Bonus Footage, Documentaries: 'Melville-Delon: D'honneur et de nuit' (2011), Interviews: Jean Pierre Melville (director); Alain Delon (actor); Francois Perier (actor); Nathalie Delon (actor); Cathy Rosier (actor); Rui Nogueira (editor); Ginette Vincendeau (author), Essay by David Thomson (film scholar); Appreciation by John Woo (film-maker); Excerpts from 'Melville on Melville', Trailers
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