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Battle of Algiers UK Blu Ray 4K restoration coming 04/12/17

Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 masterpiece is a remarkably even-handed look at the struggle for independence in French-occupied Algeria. While nowadays this struggle is long behind the North African country (it has been independent since 1962), the tragically violent depiction of a clash of cultures is as relevant today as it was back then.

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This 1966 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Winner and triple Oscar® nominee (for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Picture) is getting a long-overdue UK Blu Ray release on 4th December 2017. It is especially welcome that CultFilms are presenting it in a 4K remastered collector’s set which includes a booklet, DVD format version and numerous special features. The film was restored at the Bologna-based lab L'Immagine Ritrovata with the participation of cinematographer and director Marco Pontecorvo (son of Gillo) in collaboration with CultFilms. It has been nominated for the Best Restored Version Award at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

This restored version will also be available on Video on Demand on 4th December 2017, and will be given a brief cinema run at the London Barbican from 12th-16th October 2017.

The Battle of Algiers UK Blu Ray package

Special features include:

  • New extra on the 4K restoration
  • Booklet by Alan O'Leary
  • The Making of the Battle of Algiers (interview with Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
  • The Real Battle of Algiers (interview with producer Saadi Yacef, head of FLN guerrillas in Algiers
  • Our War for Freedom (interview with FLN fighter Zohra Drif Bitat)
  • Exclusive Presentation by Director Paul Greengrass
  • Exclusive interview with Director Ken Loach

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