'The Complete Jean Vigo' Comes to Blu-ray

Posted Thu May 19, 2011 at 06:00 AM PDT by

All four adventurous works from the pivotal film artist are bound for Blu-ray in August.

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection is preparing 'The Complete Jean Vigo' for Blu-ray on August 30.

Even among cinema’s greatest legends, Jean Vigo stands alone. The son of a notorious anarchist, Vigo had a brief but brilliant career making poetic, lightly surrealist films before his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at age twenty-nine.

The Blu-ray features new high-definition digital restorations of all of Jean Vigo’s films: 'À propos de Nice,' 'Taris,' 'Zéro de conduite,' and 'L’Atalante,' with an uncompressed mono (with new and improved English subtitle translation), and supplements include: Audio commentaries featuring Michael Temple, author of Jean Vigo; Alternate shots from À propos de Nice, featuring footage Vigo cut from the film; Animated tribute to Vigo by filmmaker Michel Gondry; Ninety-minute 1964 episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps on Vigo, directed by Jacques Rozier; Conversation from 1968 between filmmakers François Truffaut and Eric Rohmer on L'Atalante; Les voyages de "L'Atalante," Bernard Eisenschitz's 2001 documentary tracking the history of the film; Video interview from 2007 with director Otar Iosseliani on Vigo; and a booklet featuring essays by film writers Michael Almereyda, Robert Polito, B. Kite, and Luc Sante.

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

You can find the latest specs for 'The Complete Jean Vigo' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under August 30.

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The Complete Jean Vigo (Blu-ray)
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