Blu-ray, DVD Release: Rififi

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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The heist is on in the great 1955 French crime drama Rififi.

The great 1955 French crime drama Rififi is a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious robbery in Paris.

After making such American noir classics as Brute Force and The Naked City, the blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to the City of Light and embarked on the Rififi, the film noir that many consider his masterpiece.

Starring Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel and Dassin himself, the film’s suspense, brutality, and dark humor made it an international hit, earning Dassin the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It has since proved to be wildly influential on decades of heist thrillers in its wake.

Presented in French with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray/DVD Combo edition of the classic movie includes the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Interview with director Jules Dassin
• Set design drawings by Alexandre Trauner
• Production stills
• Trailer
• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
• One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman

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