Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has announced a new 4K restoration (from the original camera negative) of auteur director John Frankenheimer’s 1998 thriller, Ronin, starring Robert De Niro and Jean Reno. Ronin will be presented as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack product offering on Aug. 15.
The Russian mob, a femme-fatale (Natascha McElhone), a mysterious briefcase, the CIA and more double-crosses than a tic-tac-toe game are just some of the things involved in this action thriller that was filmed on location throughout France (notably, Paris and Nice).
Bonus features for Ronin — the 4K restoration was supervised by Robert Fraisse the director of photography — include a vintage commentary track from filmmaker John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, Seconds, etc.) and a newly-prepared video session with Robert Fraisse (Oscar-nominated in 1993 for his work on director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Lover … plus cinematography/director of photography on such films as Enemy at the Gates, Hotel Rwanda and The Notebook).
There are also six vintage featurettes — “Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane,” “Through the Lens,” “The Driving of Ronin,” “Natascha McElhone: An Actor’s Process,” “Composing the Ronin Score” and “In the Ronin Cutting Room” — an alternate ending, the Venice Film Festival interviews with Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Natascha McElhone and documentary filmmaker Paul Joyce’s 1994 film, Tarantino on De Niro.