Blu-ray Release: Symphony for a Massacre

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 30, 2022
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Cohen Media/Kino Lorber

In the stylish 1963 heist noir Symphony for a Massacre from director Jacques Deray (La Piscine), master director of the French crime film, five men tied to businesses with varying degrees of legality pool their money to go in on one huge narcotics deal that can set them up for life – and test their loyalties.

Restored in 2K from a 4K scan of the surviving 35MM interpositive (the negative is lost), the film boasts stunning black and white photography, supported by a lush and memorable score. Deray assembled an impressive cast of stars, including Charles Vanel (The Wages of Fear), Michel Auclair (The Day of the Jackal), future director José Giovanni (Three Men to Kill) who also co-wrote the film, and Jean Rochefort, in a brilliant casting against type from his largely comedic roles up until then.

This rediscovered crime thriller is a goodie!

Special Features:
-The Score of Symphony for a Massacre – an evaluation of the film by François Guérif, screenwriter and film noir historian, along with Jean Rochefort biographer Jean-Philippe Guerand (28 minutes)
-Re-release trailer

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About Laurence

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.