Le Samourai / Le samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, Alain Delon, Criterion UK Blu-ray, December 2021)


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In my favourite Melville list.

Oddly AFAIK, has only had a VHS release in the UK and sadly wasn't in that JPM StudioCanal collection. First seen this in a film festival and it was a rare title I mind waiting years for a VHS. The René Chateau Vidéo (France) DVD was one of the first DVD imports I made.

Never upgraded my old Criterion DVD so I'll be buying this.


New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
Archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier
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 this film
PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson. The Blu-ray also features an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo and excerpts from Melville on Melville

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