Blu-ray, DVD Release: Au hasard Balthazar

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 29, 2018
Price: DVD $17.97, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

Robert Bresson’s (L’argent) 1966 Au hasard Balthazar is a profound masterpiece from that most revered of French filmmakers.

Au hasard Balthazar follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations outside of his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of humankind. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly.

Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this simple story becomes a moving parable about purity and transcendence.

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film include the following:

* New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Interview from 2005 with film scholar Donald Richie
* “Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson,” a 1966 French television program about the film, featuring Bresson, filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, and members of Balthazar’s cast and crew
* Original theatrical trailer
* An essay by film scholar James Quandt

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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.