Army Of Shadows: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1969) / Region A
Army Of Shadows: The Criterion Collection

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Army Of Shadows: The Criterion Collection

Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece about the French resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, before its triumphant debut release in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army Of Shadows is Melville's most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their own brand of honor in their battle against Hitler's regime.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 19 2010
  • Production Year 1969
  • Empire SKU 1553931
  • UPC Code 715515066815
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


High-definition digital transfer of the 2004 restoration, supervised by director of photography Pierre Lhomme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Optional DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
Audio commentary featuring film historian Ginette Vincendeau
Interviews with Lhomme and editor Francoise Bonnot
On-set footage and excerpts from archival interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters.
Jean-Pierre Melville et L'armee des ombres (2002) and
Le journal de la Resistance (1944), a rare short documentary
Film restoration demonstration by Lhomme
Theatrical trailers
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Amy Taubin as well as excerpts from Rui Nogueira's Melville on Melville


  • Audio
    French PCM Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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