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Ian Jane
05-09-2012, 04:56 PM
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From the StudioCanal Collection, Lionsgate proudly presents La Grande Illusion making its Blu-ray Disc debut this July with superior picture quality plus unique special features. A masterpiece of French cinema, La Grande Illusion was directed by Academy Award® nominee Jean Renoir (Best Director, The Southerner, 1945) and was the first foreign language film ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar® (1938). Named one of "The 100 Best Films in World Cinema" in 2010, the film stars Jean Gabin (Le Jour se Leve), Dita Parlo (L'Atalante), Pierre Fresnay (The Man Who Knew Too Much), Erich Von Stroheim (Sunset Boulevard), Marcel Dalio (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and Julien Carette (The Rules of the Game). Remastered in 1080P High Definition, La Grande Illusion Blu-ray Disc includes comprehensive special features and will be available on July 31st, for the suggested retail price of $29.99. The film will also be available for the first time in HD on Digital Download and On Demand.

During the thick of World War I, a German POW camp holds a group of French prisoners, including the aristocratic Boieldieu (Fresnay), Maréchal the foreman (Gabin) and the Jewish banker Rosenthal (Dalio). The trio prepares to make their escape, but is soon moved to a seemingly impenetrable fortress.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES*

"La Grande Illusion: Success and Controversy" by Olivier Curchod, cinema expert and Jean Renoir specialist - ALL NEW
"The original negative of La Grande Illusion" by Natacha Laurent from la Cinémathèque de Toulouse - ALL NEW
Restoring La Grande Illusion
La Grande Illusion by Ginette Vincendeau, cinema professor and film critic
John Truby film presentation
Trailers from 1937 and 1958 - Presentation of the movie by Jean Renoir
*Subject to change

DIRECTOR
Jean Renoir The Southerner, The Rules of the Game, The Lower Depths, The Crime of Monsieur Lange

CAST:
Jean Gabin Inspector Maigret, Four Bags Full, Le Jour se Leve, Port of Shadows, Pépé le Moko
Dita Parlo L'Atalante, Under Secret Orders, Au bonheur des dames
Pierre Fresnay The Unfrocked One, Monsieur Vincent, Le Corbeau: The Raven, The Man Who Knew Too Much
Erich von Stroheim Sunset Boulevard, The Wedding March, Foolish Wives
Dalio Pillow Talk, Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, To Have and Have Not
Julien Carette Crime and Punishment, The Rules of the Game, Crazy Show

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1937
Title Copyright: © 1937 STUDIOCANAL. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Blu-ray Disc Premiere
Rating: Not rated
Genre: Foreign
Subtitles: English and German
Format: 1080P High Definition 4x3 Full Screen
Feature Running Time:113 minutes
Blu-ray Audio Status: French and German2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio™