Band of Outsiders [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1964]

Jean-Luc Godard's classic Band of Outsiders gets the treatment it deserves from Criterion. The film is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews, a documentary made at the time of production, an explanation of the visual and verbal jokes found throughout the film, trailers, the Agnès Varda short Les Fiancés du Pont Mac Donald, and a 16-page booklet with additional information about the making of the film. This is the kind of release that has made Criterion one of the premiere names in home video.
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Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Visual glossary of references and wordplay found throughout Band of Outsiders
  • Interview excerpts with director Jean-Luc Godard and rare behind-the-scenes footage of Band of Outsiders from the 1964 documentary La Nouvelle Vague par Elle-même
  • Exclusive interviews with Raoul Coutard and actress Anna Karina
  • Agnès Varda's silent comedy Les Fiancés du Port Mac Donald, featuring Godard and members of the cast of Band of Outsiders
  • Two theatrical trailers, including Godard original
  • Sixteen-page booklet including an essay by poet Joshua Clover, character descriptions by Godard, and a reprinted 1964 interview with the director
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Synopsis

Bande à Part
One of pioneering director Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible films is this French spin on Dolores Hitchens' novel Fool's Gold. It tells the tale of three disaffected youths who plan a burglary, leading to deadly results. The alienated young trio is marvelous, particularly Anna Karina, and the early scenes of their clearly overdeveloped fantasy lives are splendidly handled. Something of a companion piece to Godard's classic À Bout de Souffle, its young characters have the same odd mixture of fatalism and starry-eyed naïveté that is, by turns, appealing and tragic. Trivia buffs should note that the film gave its name to Quentin Tarantino's production company (A Band Apart), and several of its scenes are echoed in his Pulp Fiction. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Anna Karina
    Anna Karina - Odile
  • Claude Brasseur
    Claude Brasseur - Arthur
  • Sami Frey
    Sami Frey - Franz
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    Louisa Colpeyn - Mme. Victoria
  • Michel Delahaye
    Michel Delahaye - Doorman at School

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