Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Kid With a Bike

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Criterion


The Kid with a Bike movie scene

Thomas Doret takes it underground in The Kid with a Bike.

The Kid With a Bike is a 2011 drama film from the great Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (La Promesse, Rosetta).

In the movie, 12-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret), all coiled anger and furious motion, is living in a group home but refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father (Jérémie Renier, Summer Hours). He spends his days frantically trying to reach the man, over the phone or on his beloved bicycle. It is only the patience and compassion of  Samantha (Cécile de France, Hereafter), the stranger who agrees to care for him, that offers the boy the chance to move on.

Well-received by the critics, who noted that it was spare and unsentimental but genuinely tender, the PG-13-rated The Kid With a Bike enjoyed film festival screenings and theatrical bookings around the world following its premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It played theaters in the U.S. in limited release in March, 2012.

Presented in French with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray and DVD includes the following features:

· New digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
· Conversation between film critic Kent Jones and directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
· Interviews with actors Cécile de France and Thomas Doret
· Return to Seraing, a half-hour documentary in which the Dardennes revisit five locations from the film
· Trailer
· New English subtitle translation
· A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.