Lionsgate Home Entertainment has added the French movie classic La Grande Illusion, aka “The Great Illusion” for release on Blu-Ray Disc this summer.
During the thick of World War I, a German POW camp holds a group of French prisoners, including the aristocratic Boieldieu (Pierre Fresnay), MarÃ©chal the foreman (Jean Gabin) and the Jewish banker Rosenthal (Marcel Dalio). The trio prepares to make their escape, but is soon moved to a seemingly impenetrable fortress.
A masterpiece of French cinema, “La Grande Illusion” was directed by Academy AwardÂ® nominee Jean Renoir (Best Director, The Southerner, 1945) and was the first foreign language film ever nominated for the Best Picture OscarÂ® (1938). Named one of “The 100 Best Films in World Cinema” in 2010.
The Blu-Ray version of the movie will present the film in a brand new 1080p high definition transfer in its original 4:3 fullframe aspect ratio, complemented by French and German2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks.
As extras, the release contains the all-new featurette, La Grande Illusion: Success and Controversy, by cinema expert and Jean Renoir specialist, Olivier Curchod.
Also included is the all-new featurette The original negative of La Grande Illusion by Natacha Laurent from la CinÃ©mathÃ¨que de Toulouse, and a look at Restoring La Grande Illusion.
The disc will further contain La Grande Illusion by cinema professor and film critic , Ginette Vincendeau, and John Truby film presentation.
The release is rounded out by Trailers from 1937 and 1958.
“La Grande Illusion” will be in stores on July 31 for $29.99.