It's not quite Christmas yet, but we've got a corker of a present to give to two lucky readers. We've been offered two dual format Blu-Ray & DVD copies of the world cinema classic, The Battle of Algiers as prizes.
Details on how to enter the competition are at the bottom of this page, but in the meantime, here's some information about the film:
CultFilms is delighted to announce the hugely anticipated release of the newly restored 4K version of The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo’s multi award-winning masterpiece of political cinema, which arrives as a Dual Edition set, its first release on UK Blu-ray and DVD.
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1966 Venice Film Festival and nominated for three Oscars® (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Picture), The Battle of Algiers is a tour de force of world cinema and features a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone. It arrives as a stunning luxury collector’s set featuring a host of fascinating special features and a booklet and on both Blu-ray and DVD formats in one set, on 15 January 2018. It will be available on VOD platforms on the same date. The restored 4K version of the film recently premiered at Barbican.
Recreating the Algerian struggle for independence from French occupation this powerful, thought provoking film is one of the most influential political movies of all time, depicting the brutal acts of both sides.
Shot in a gritty documentary style, with remarkable crowd scenes, it features the ground-breaking use of amateur actors including Algerian activists such as Saadi Yacef, all adding to the film’s realism – so much so that the film is used by military organisations including the Pentagon to offer insights in to guerrilla strategy and the effects of foreign occupation.
Digitally remastered in 4K and beautifully restored preserving the grainy, newsreel look that the director Gillo Pontecorvo designed, the restoration was made by the L'Immagine Ritrovata with the participation of the director’s son, cinematographer and director Marco Pontecorvo, in collaboration with CultFilms and was nominated for the Best Restored Version Award at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
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
Entering the Competition
To enter you simply need to share the competition on social media AND email us your details.
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Once you've shared/tweeted the competition, you need to email us (subject - The Battle of Algiers Competition') with your name, Twitter/Facebook handle (whichever you used to share the competition) and postal address to: email@example.com
2 winners will be picked at random when the competition has closed. The competition is only open to residents of the UK – one entry per person and Blueprint: Review contributors are not eligible. The competition ends on 22nd January 2018 at 12pm. The winners will be contacted by email soon after that date.