Blu-ray, DVD Release: Night and Fog

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 19, 2016
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais (Hiroshima mon amour) documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in the 1955 documentary Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust.

Night-and-Fog-1_optJuxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps’ empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of humanity’s violence against humanity, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Night and Fog made its Criterion DVD debut in 2003. With this re-issue featuring new bonus materials and a 4K digital restoration, the film is now making its Criterion Blu-ray debut.

Here are the discs’ features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Excerpt from a 1994 audio interview with director Alain Resnais
  • New interview with documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Face aux fantômes, a ninety-nine-minute 2009 documentary featuring historian Sylvie Lindeperg that explores the French memory of the Holocaust and the controversy surrounding the film’s release
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe
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