New Release: Carlos Blu-ray and DVD

Carlos movie scene

Ilich Ramírez Sanchez is international terrorist Carlos.

The 5½ hour film/TV miniseries Carlos, an epic, intensely detailed biographical account of the life of the infamous international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sanchez — also known as Carlos the Jackal — arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from Criterion on Sept. 27, 2011.

Directed by Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours), the film follows the life of Carlos (Édgar Ramírez, The Bourne Ultimatum), one of the 20th century’s most-wanted fugitives, as he commits himself to violent left-wing activism throughout the 1970s and 1980s, orchestrating bombings, kidnappings and hijackings in Europe and the Middle East.

Assayas portrays Carlos not as a criminal mastermind but as a symbol of political shifts around the world in the body of a swaggering global gangster.

The Blu-ray and DVD of the crime-drama movie — which carry the list prices of $49.95 each — contain the following features:

  • new video interviews with director Olivier Assayas, Lenoir, Le Saux and actor Édgar Ramírez
  • 20-minute making-of documentary on the film’s OPEC raid scene
  • original theatrical trailer
  • booklet featuring essays by critics Colin MacCabe and Greil Marcus, plus biographies on selected historical figures portrayed in the film, written by the film’s historical adviser, Stephen Smith

Check out the film’s trailer, with subtitles:


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