Cercle Rouge, Le DVD
Le Cercle Rouge DVD - 1970 film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Taciturn thief Alain Delon and escaped prisoner Gian Maria Volonte cross paths as if by fate, bound by saving each other's life, and join with disgraced ex-cop Yves Montand for their next job: a daring jewel robbery. Corey is a cool, aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel, a murderer, escapes from the custody of the patient Mattei, a cat-loving police superintendent. Corey robs Rico, his mob boss, then enlists Vogel and an ex-police sharpshooter, Jansen, in a jewel heist. While Corey is harried by the vengeful Rico, Mattei pressures Santi, a nightclub owner and pimp, to help him trap the thieves. Over all hangs the judgment of the police directeur, that every man is guilty. Unrated, 140 minutes. French audio with English subtitles.
Theatrical trailer(s). Newly restored, complete, and uncut with new and improved subtitle translation. Excerpts from a 1970 documentary on Jean-Pierre Melville's career. New video interview with Melville friend and editor of Melville on Melville, Rui Nogueira. New video interview with Le Cercle Rouge assistant director Bernard Stora. 30 minutes of rare on-set footage featuring interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville, and stars Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and Andre Bourvil. Poster gallery, behind-the-scenes photos, and publicity photos. 24-page booklet with an introduction from filmmaker John Woo, new essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, and excerpts from Rui Noguera's book Melville on Melville regarding Le Cercle Rouge. Widescreen anamorphic format.