Criterion slots two 4K titles for March: “Le Cercle Rouge” 3/15 & “The Last Waltz” 3/29

Updated: Jun 8


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THE CRITERION Collection continues its commitment to release 4K Ultra HD titles on physical discs and will provide the French crime thriller “Le Cercle Rouge” on March 15. Two weeks later Martin Scorsese’s concert film “The Last Waltz” on March 29.


“Le Cercle Rouge” (1970) - Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volontè) 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. With its honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces, Le Cercle Rouge is the quintessential film by Jean-Pierre Melville—the master of ambiguous, introspective crime cinema.



EXTRAS:

Segments from a 1971 episode of Cinéastes de notre temps featuring director Jean-Pierre Melville

Interviews with assistant director Bernard Stora and Rui Nogueira, author of Melville on Melville

On-set and archival footage, featuring interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and André Bourvil

Trailer

PLUS: Essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, excerpts from Melville on Melville, a 2000 interview with composer Eric Demarsan, and an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo

SPECS:

Video - New 4K restoration (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and mastering from STUDIOCANAL of the uncut version of the film. HDR10 and Dolby Vision grading has been applied.

Audio - Uncompressed monaural soundtrack in French with English subtitles.





“The Last Waltz” (1978) - More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, The Last Waltz is an at once ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music. Invited to document the farewell performance of the legendary group the Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976, Martin Scorsese conceived a new kind of music documentary. Enlisting seven camera operators (including renowned cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond, László Kovács, and Michael Chapman) and art director Boris Leven to design the strikingly theatrical sets, Scorsese created a grandly immersive experience that brings viewers onstage and inside the music itself. That music—as performed by the Band and a host of other generation-defining artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young—lives on as an almost religious expression of the transcendent possibilities of rock and roll.


EXTRAS:

Two audio commentaries, featuring director Martin Scorsese; Robertson; other members of the Band; members of the production crew; and performers Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins, and Mavis Staples

New interview with Scorsese, conducted by critic David Fear

Documentary from 2002 about the making of the film

Outtakes

Interview from 1978 with Scorsese and Robertson

Trailer and TV spot

PLUS: An essay by critic Amanda Petrusich



SPECS:

Video - New 4K digital restoration and mastering (1.85:1 aspect ratio), supervised and approved by musician Robbie Robertson. HDR10 and Dolby Vision grading was applied.

Audio -5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, and subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing

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