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Carlos the Jackal (R2/UK BD) in November

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Carlos The Jackal on 1st November 2010. A myth in his own lifetime, Carlos is a central figure in the history of international terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, from pro-Palestinian activism to the Japanese Red Army. He was at once both a figure of the extreme left and an opportunistic mercenary in the pay of powerful Middle Eastern secret services. He formed his own organization, based it behind the Iron Curtain and was active during the final years of the Cold War.

This film is the story of a revolutionary internationalist, both manipulator and manipulated, carried along by the currents of contemporary history and his own folly. We follow him to the end of his road, relegated to Sudan where the Islamic dictatorship, after having protected him, handed him over to French authorities. A contradictory character, as violent as the times he embodies, Carlos is also an enigma.

The writing and research took Olivier Assayas and Dan Franck around two years. Carlos plays out over some two decades across ten countries, with several dozen characters speaking many different languages. It is a political film, a period film, an action film, an international coproduction and a film for television and cinema – a project that is exceptional in its scope.

Carlos The Jackal was released as both a ‘Movie’ (165mins) version and a longer TV mini-series ‘Trilogy’ version (340mins). For the home releases there are separate ‘Movie’ and ‘Trilogy’ DVD releases (£15.99 and £19.99 RRP respectively), while the Blu-ray release includes both versions in one package (£22.99 RRP). Full specs follow…

DVD - Both the ‘Movie’ and ‘Trilogy’ versions have the same specs and extras:

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0 and DD5.1
  • English subtitles
  • Making of featurette
  • Interview with Edgar Ramirez

Blu-ray Disc
  • Region B
  • 1080P 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • French 5.1 DTS-HD MA & 2.0 DTS
  • English subtitles
  • Making of featurette
  • Interview with Edgar Ramirez
  • Interview with Olivier Assayas

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