Carlos 2010
Olivier Assayas' near-epic Carlos boasts the tagline, “The man who hijacked the world”. That man was the Venezuelan Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who in an act of revolutionary bravado rechristened himself “Carlos” — a single name meant to echo and intimidate. In the early 1970s, Carlos become virtually a household name, the Cher or Madonna of international terrorism.

Carlos’ career of terror began under the auspices of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, or PFLP. This association culminates in an attack on an OPEC meeting and subsequent kidnapping of oil ministers, but the fallout results in a parting of ways as Carlos strikes out as a freelancer. The years that follow see his hands bloodied by bombings, assassinations, and more, but they also see Carlos and the world around him changing in unexpected ways. His convictions and causes are replaced by ego and excess, the Berlin Wall comes down, and countries that once sponsored or even supported his terrorist leanings begin to distance themselves. The man who commanded the world’s attention soon finds himself homeless. Welcome to the bloody rise and bloated fall of Carlos the Jackal.

Director: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra
Country: France, Germany
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller


Carlos the Jackal (2010) Studio Canal
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3 x DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | ~330 minutes | 19.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Original (multilingual), Francais
Subtitles: English, Francais

Extras:
• Making of. In French, not subtitled. (20 min)

Carlos the Jackal (2010) Criterion Collection
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2xBD50 + 4xDVD9 | AVC 1080p, NTSC | ~340 minutes | 89.5 Gb + 28.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Original (multilingual)
Subtitles: English

Extras:

• Trailer - the original U.S. trailer for Carlos. In Spanish and English, with optional English subtitles where necessary. (3 min)

• Shooting of the OPEC Sequence - a standard featurette with plenty of raw footage from the shooting of the film and comments by director Olivier Assayas about the OPEC hostage crisis. Directed by Arnaud Giocomini for Film En Stock. In French and English, with optional English subtitles and imposed French subtitles where necessary. (21 min)

• Selected-scene Commentary - cinematographer Denis Lenoir comments on six important scenes from Carlos. In English, not subtitled. (9 min)

• Olivier Assayas - a very long and very informative video interview with director Olivier Assayas, who offers his thoughts on why and how Carlos became a mythical figure during the 70s and 80s. The French director also discusses the various obstacles his team had to overcome before and during the shooting of Carlos, the reactions the film generated, etc. The video interview was shot exclusively for Criterion in Paris in April 2011. In English, not subtitled. (43 min)

• Edgar Ramirez - in this video interview, actor Edgar Ramirez compares Carlos to Che and the socio-political environment the two shared before the end of the Cold War. The video interview was shot exclusively for Criterion in Tenerife, Spain, in June 2011. In English, not subtitled. (20 min)

• Denis Lenoir - in this video interview, Denis Lenoir, one of Carlos' two cinematographers, discusses his collaboration with director Olivier Assayas. The video interview was shot exclusively for Criteiron in April 2011. In English, not subtitled. (14 min)

• Carlos: Terrorist Without Borders - this fascinating documentary first aired in France in 1997, as part of the television series Les brulures de l'histoire. It traces the life of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez a.k.a Carlos, from his involvement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1970 to his imprisonment in Paris in 1994. In French, with optional English subtitles. (59 min)

• Hans-Joachim Klein - a fascinating interview with German left-wing militant Hans-Joachim Klein a.k.a Angie, conducted in 1995 by Daniel Leconte, who produced Olivier Assayas' Carlos. The interview was excerpted from the documentaries The Carlos Years: Klein, A German Case - First Part and The Carlos Years: Angie, The Clandestine Years - Second Part, courtesy of Doc En Stock. In German, with optional English subtitles. (39 min)

• Maison de France - a documentary film about the 1983 bombing of the Maison de France in West Berlin, an act against the French state planned by Johannes Weinrich on behalf of Carlos. The film features an abundance of archival footage, commentaries and interviews with various relatives of victims of the terrorist attack. The film also features fascinating interviews with Carlos' former wife Magdalena Kopp and his current wife, Isabelle Coutant Peyre. In German and French, with optional English subtitles. (89 min)

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