Blu-ray, DVD Release: Jules and Jim

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Jules and Jim movie sceneHailed as one of the finest films ever made, the 1962 drama-romance Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession.

The legendary François Truffaut (The 400 Blows) directs, and Jeanne Moreau (La Notte) stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’s Oskar Werner) and Jim (The Fire Within’s Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles.

An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, the classic Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash a half-century ago and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo of Jules and Jim includes the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Two audio commentaries: one featuring screenwriter Jean Gruault, François Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouché, and film scholar Annette Insdorf; the other featuring actor Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana
• Excerpts from The Key to “Jules and Jim” (1985), a documentary about author Henri-Pierre Roché and the real-life relationships that inspired the novel and film
• Interviews with Truffaut, Gruault, and cinematographer Raoul Coutard
• Conversation between scholars Robert Stam and Dudley Andrew
• Excerpt from a 1965 episode of the French television program Cinéastes de notre temps dedicated to Truffaut
• Segment from a 1969 episode of the French television program L’invité du dimanche featuring Truffaut, Moreau, and filmmaker Jean Renoir
• Excerpts from Truffaut’s first appearance on American television, a 1977 interview with New York Film Festival director Richard Roud
• Excerpts from a 1979 American Film Institute seminar given by Truffaut
• Audio interview with Truffaut from 1980, conducted by film scholar Claude-Jean Philippe
• Trailer
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers, a 1981 piece by Truffaut on Roché, and script notes by Truffaut


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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.