November 08, 2013
- 140 minutes
- Spine #218
Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge combines honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.
- Newly restored uncut version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Excerpts from Cinéastes de notre temps: “Jean-Pierre Melville”
- New video interviews with assistant director Bernard Stora and Rui Nogueria, the author of Melville
- Thirty minutes of rare on-set and archival footage, featuring interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville and stars Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and André Bourvil
- Original theatrical trailer and 2003 Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer
- Production and publicity stills, poster gallery (DVD only)
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, excerpts from Melville on Melville, a reprinted interview with composer Eric Demarsan, and an appreciation from director John Woo
New cover by Art Chantry Design Co.