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Breathless 50th AE (R2) in September

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Breathless: 50th Anniversary Edition on 13th September 2010. Celebrating 50 years of cool, Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless: 50th Anniversary premiered at Berlin before receiving a digital re-release in UK cinemas June 25th. Based on a story by François Truffaut and photographed by New Wave legend Raoul Coutard, with no less a crime specialist than Claude Chabrol as technical advisor, Godard’s jazzy riff on American Film Noir features iconic performances from Belmondo, as the on-the-run Bogart-inspired small-time hood, and Seberg as his Herald Tribune-hawking American student girlfriend, who ultimately betrays him.

This DVD release offers the following (new) extras:

  • Introduction by Jefferson Hack, creator & publisher of Dazed & Confused magazine
  • Rarely seen interview with Jean-Luc Godard by Mike Hodges from UK arts show Tempo (1965)
  • Short film: Je T’Aime John Wayne directed by Toby MacDonald
  • Featurette on the life of Jean Seberg

The film is presented in 1.33:1 with French DD2.0 Mono and English subtitles. RRP is £19.99.

Breathless is also released on Blu-ray but with completely different content as part of the Studio Canal Collection. Details here.

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