'Jules and Jim' Blu-ray Announced

Posted Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 08:00 AM PST by

François Truffaut's 1962 masterpiece arrives on Blu-ray in February.

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection will release 'Jules and Jim' on Blu-ray on February 11.

Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, 'Jules and Jim' charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary François Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema's most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash in 1962 and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today.

The Blu-ray will feature a new 2k transfer, an uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements include: 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; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers, a 1981 piece by Truffaut on Roché, and script notes by Truffaut.

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

You can find the latest specs for 'Jules and Jim' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under February 11.

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