Sunday, June 4, 2017

Arrow Video's 4K Restoration Of John Frankenheimer's Ronin Will Be Release For Release As A Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack On Aug. 15

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
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.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

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