'Children of Paradise' and 'Les visiteurs du soir' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 08:00 AM PDT by

Two films from Marcel Carné will be released on Criterion Blu-ray in the fall.

In an early announcement to retailers, Criterion is preparing the 1945 French classic 'Children of Paradise' for Blu-ray on September 18.

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with 'Children of Paradise' (Les enfants du paradis), widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time.

The Blu-ray will feature a new high-definition digital transfer from Pathé's 2011 restoration, uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio commentaries by film scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron; Video introduction by director Terry Gilliam; Once Upon a Time: Children of Paradise, a 2010 documentary on the making of the film; New visual essay on the design of Children of Paradise by film writer Paul Ryan; The Birth of Children of Paradise, a 1967 German documentary that visits Nice, where the film was partially shot, and features interviews with cast members Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur; production designer Alexandre Trauner; and others; Restoration demonstration; U.S. trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew and excerpts from a 1990 interview with director Marcel Carné.

The director's 'Les visiteurs du soir' will also be available on Blu-ray on the same date.

Two strangers, dressed as minstrels, arrive at a castle in advance of court festivities—and it is revealed that they are actually emissaries of the devil himself, dispatched to spread heartbreak and suffering. Their plans, however, are thwarted by an unexpected intrusion: human love.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements will include: L'aventure des Visiteurs du soir, a documentary on the making of the film; Trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson.

Suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Children of Paradise' and 'Les visiteurs du soir' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under September 18.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Children of Paradise (Blu-ray)
Les visiteurs du soir (Blu-ray)
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