Army of Shadows (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Army of Shadows (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
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Army of Shadows Blu-ray
L'armée des ombres
Criterion | 1969 | 145 min | Not rated | Apr 07, 2020

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.84:1

French: LPCM Mono
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0


Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515244015

Army of Shadows (1969)

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia, and distrust.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Writers: Jean-Pierre Melville, Joseph Kessel
Starring: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Claude Mann, Paul Crauchet

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Alternate 2.0 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
- Audio commentary from 2006 featuring film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
- Interviews from 2007 with Lhomme and editor Françoise Bonnot
- On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, author Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters
- Jean-Pierre Melville et "L'armée des ombres" (2005), a short program on the director and his film
- Le journal de la Résistance (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines during the final days of the German occupation of France
- Restoration demonstration by Lhomme
- Trailers
- PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin, along with (for the Blu-ray) a piece by historian Robert O. Paxton and excerpts from Rui Nogueira's Melville on Melville