Cover image for Le samouraï = [videorecording (DVD)] : The samurai
Le samouraï = [videorecording (DVD)] : The samurai
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (27 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).
Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nightclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
System Details Note:
DVD, 1.85:1 aspect ratio, monaural.
Video disc
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
[New York, New York] : Criterion Collection, [2005]

General Note:
Wide screen (1.85:1).

Series numbering from container spine.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1967.

"Enhanced for 16:9 televisions"--Disc label.

Recorded in Dolby digital mono.

Special features: new video interviews with Jean-Pierre Melville historians Rui Nogueira (13 min.) and Ginette Vincendeau (19 min.); collection of excerpts from archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, Cathy Rosier, Nathalie Delon and François Périer (25 min.); theatrical trailer (4 min.).

Booklet includes a new essay by film scholar David Thomson, a reprint of a tribute by filmmaker John Woo, and an excerpt on Le samouraï from Rui Nogueira's book Melville on Melville.