Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows Gets New 4K Restoration

Following its inclusion in this year’s Cannes Classics, Jean-Pierre Melville’s World War II set masterpiece Army of Shadows will be released on June 3 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital platforms with a beautiful new 4K restoration.

Arguably one of Jean-Pierre Melville’s most personal films (having participated in the French Resistance), Army of Shadows is based on the book by Joseph Kessel. Upon its release, it was initially underappreciated in France. However, over the years, the film has become widely recognized as his finest work.

Featuring a stella cast that includes Lino Ventura (Les Misérables, Lift to The Scaffold), Paul Meurisse (Les Diaboliques, The Eleven O’clock Woman), Jean-Pierre Cassel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Three Musketeers) and Simone Signoret (Room at The Top, Les Diaboliques), ARMY OF SHADOWS is a real-life story channelled through the minimalism of Melville’s gangster films. The result is an unmissable tale of defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

In 1942, French engineer and Resistant cell leader, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura), is arrested and sent to a Nazi concentration camp. Managing to escape we follow Gerbier and his Resistance allies through operations, camaraderie and espionage, and witness the constant threat of capture, danger and the tough decisions that need to be taken to stay alive.

The new 4K restoration of ARMY OF SHADOWS comes complete with brand-new extras and is the newest addition to the ever-expanding Vintage World Cinema collection from STUDIOCANAL.

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