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The Battle of Algiers (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

The Battle of Algiers (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(1966) Blu-ray
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The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray
DigiPack / The Criterion Collection / La battaglia di Algeri
Criterion | 1966 | 121 min | Not rated | Aug 09, 2011

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (28.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

French: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)


Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BD-50)
UPC 715515085113


The Battle of Algiers (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(1966) Blu-ray

True-to-life chronicle of the Algerian people's struggle to overthrow the French Colonial Government in the mid-1950s. The focus is on the leaders of the Liberation Movement and the French general who is driven obsessively with catching them.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Writers: Franco Solinas, Gillo Pontecorvo
Starring: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader

Special Features:
- High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Marcello Gatti (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a documentary narrated by literary critic Edward Said
- Marxist Poetry: The Making of "The Battle of Algiers," a documentary featuring interviews with Pontecorvo, Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, and others
- Interviews with Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone on the film's influence, style, and importance
- Remembering History, a documentary reconstructing the Algerian experience of the battle for independence
- "√Čtats d'armes," a documentary excerpt featuring senior French military officers recalling the use of torture and execution to combat the Algerian rebellion
- "The Battle of Algiers": A Case Study, a video piece featuring U.S. counterterrorism experts
- Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers, a documentary in which the filmmaker revisits the country after three decades of independence
- Production gallery
- Theatrical and rerelease trailers
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Matthews, excerpts from Algeria's National Liberation Front leader Saadi Yacef's original account of his arrest, excerpts from the film's screenplay, a reprinted interview with cowriter Franco Solinas, and biographical sketches of key figures in the French-Algerian War


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