I was super excited to see a movie called “Weekend” get a Criterion Blu Ray release last week only to find out it wasn’t THE film Week End…Godard’s insane/brilliant 1967 film that is in my rotation of 10 or so films that I would, given the day, call the greatest movie ever.
Until now your only choice was to shell out a lot to get the old New Yorker video DVD, but you may not want to get rid of that one…the Criterion version has different extras than the New Yorker release (which had an audio commentary by David Sterritt, an interview with Raoul Coutard, and an intro by Mike Figgis). Though maybe this gives hope that other classics previously only on NYV can get blu-ray releases.
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- New video essay by film critic Kent Jones
- Archival interviews with actors Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne and assistant director Claude Miller
- Excerpt from a French television program on director Jean-Luc Godard, featuring on-set footage of Weekend shot by filmmaker Philippe Garrel
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and novelist Gary Indiana