Blu-ray, DVD Release: Les Miserables (1958)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 19, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

Bourvil (l) and Jean Gabin star in the 1958 French film version of Les Miserables.

French filmmaker Jean-Paul le Chanois’s 1958 film version of Les Miserables is considered to be one of the greatest epic drama movie adaptations of Victor Hugo’s renowned novel.

Jean Valjean (Jean Gabin, Remorques) is paroled after serving 19 year term in a hard labor prison for stealing some bread. After spending a night in a missionary, he tries to steal some silverware, but he is set straight by a kindly bishop (Fernand Ledoux) who protects him from the police and makes him promise that he has to become a new man. Nine years later, Valjean has become a wealthy industrialist and a mayor. He eventually befriends Fantine (Daniele Delorme), a single mother turned prostitute and risks everything when he comes to her aid, after she’s nearly arrested by police officer Javert (Bernard Blier), who previously served as a guard at the prison Valjean was held in. Javert quickly becomes suspicious that the mayor and Valjean are indeed the same person…

With a cast that also includes Bourvil and Serge Reggiani, Les Miserables’s release on disc by Olive Films represents its DVD and Blu-ray debut in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the new Les Miserables musical starring Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs), Russell Crowe (Robin Hood) and Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) is set to premiere in theaters in December, making this release undeniably timely!

Clocking in at 188 minutes, the unrated film is presented in French with optional English subtitles.


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