Blu-ray, DVD Release: Code Unknown

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 10, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon) diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry in the 2000 drama Code Unknown.

Juliette Binoche in Code Unknown

Juliette Binoche in Code Unknown

Code Unknown is the first of many films Haneke made in France—and it may be his most inspired. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche (Three Colors: Blue)—is a revelatory take on racial inequality and the failure of communication in today’s increasingly diverse European landscape.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film contain the following features:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with Haneke
    • Introduction by Haneke from 2001
    • Filming Haneke, a 2000 making-of documentary featuring interviews with Haneke, actor Juliette Binoche, and producer Marin Karmitz, as well as on-set footage of cast and crew
    • Interview from 2001 in which Haneke discusses the filming of the boulevard sequences
    • New interview with film scholar Roy Grundmann
    • Trailers
    • New English subtitle translation
    • An essay by critic Nick James
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