It’s been a while since we ran a competition but we’re back with a corker! Studiocanal have provided us with 2 copies of Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece, Army of Shadows, on Blu-ray to give away to 2 lucky readers.

More information on how to enter the competition can be found at the bottom of the page, but first let us tell you more about the prize.

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce the release of a brand-new 4K restoration of Jean-Pierre Melville’s WW2 set masterpiece, ARMY OF SHADOWS, that will be available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital from June 3. The release follows the film’s inclusion in this year’s ‘Cannes Classic’ strand at the Cannes Film Festival.

Having himself participated in the French Resistance, ARMY OF SHADOWS is both Melville’s most personal film and, though initially underappreciated in France, is today widely recognized as being his finest.

Based on a novel by Joseph Kessel and featuring a stella cast that includes Lino Ventura (Les Misérables, Lift to The Scaffold), Paul Meurisse (Les Diaboliques, The Eleven O’clock Woman), Jean-Pierre Cassel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Three Musketeers) and Simone Signoret (Room at The Top, Les Diaboliques), ARMY OF SHADOWS is a real-life story channelled through the minimalism of Melville’s gangster films. The result is an unmissable tale of defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

In 1942, French engineer and Resistant cell leader, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura), is arrested and sent to a Nazi concentration camp. Managing to escape we follow Gerbier and his Resistance allies through operations, camaraderie and espionage, and witness the constant threat of capture, danger and the tough decisions that need to be taken to stay alive.

The new 4K restoration of ARMY OF SHADOWS comes complete with brand-new extras and is the newest addition to the ever-expanding Vintage World Cinema collection from STUDIOCANAL.

– Army of Shadows… the hidden side of the story (Blu-Ray only)
– Jean Pierre Grumbach aka Cartier, aka Melville – Resistance Fighter and Filmmaker (Blu-Ray only)


To be in with the chance of winning, follow the instructions below.


To enter you simply need to share the competition on social media AND email us your details.

To use Twitter to share the competition, follow us @blueprintrev and copy and paste the following into a Tweet:

#competition @blueprintrev Win #ArmyOfShadows on Blu-ray –

Or you can share the page on Facebook by pasting the link or using the appropriate share icons below (don’t forget to ‘Like’ us too):

Once you’ve shared/tweeted the competition, you need to email us (subject – ‘Army of Shadows Competition’) with your name and postal address to:

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. The competition ends on 3rd June 2024 at 12pm. The winners will be contacted by email soon after that date.

Your details will not be kept for any purposes other than to contact you if you win and then for the PR company handling the competition to post your prize.

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