Le cercle rouge 4K 03/26/22

The Criterion Collection
4K Ultra HD + Blu Ray

Jean-Pierre Melville in 4K? ¬†That’s an inviting idea. All of Melville crime pictures are memorable, and this is one of his best-remembered, a traditional caper drama with a wordless heist scene that lasts almost half an hour. The color production stars three big French actors and one Italian. Alain Delon and Gian Maria Volont√© are the career thieves, joined by the conflicted Yves Montand as an alcoholic ex-cop. Comedian Bourvil is enlisted in a surprise role as the completely serious and less-than-ethical police inspector on their trail. We have to admire producer-writer-director Melville’s skill — he achieves a high-budget sheen with a minimum of production resources. On 4K Ultra-HD + Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.