NEWS: DVD Release: Carlos The Jackal

A myth in his own lifetime, Carlos is a central figure in the history of international terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, from pro-Palestinian activism to the Japanese Red Army. He was at once both a figure of the extreme left and an opportunistic mercenary in the pay of powerful Middle Eastern secret services. He formed his own organization, based it behind the Iron Curtain and was active during the final years of the Cold War.

This film is the story of a revolutionary internationalist, both manipulator and manipulated, carried along by the currents of contemporary history and his own folly. We follow him to the end of his road, relegated to Sudan where the Islamic dictatorship, after having protected him, handed him over to French authorities. A contradictory character, as violent as the times he embodies, Carlos is also an enigma.

The writing and research took Olivier Assayas and Dan Franck around two years. Carlos plays out over some two decades across ten countries, with several dozen characters speaking many different languages. It is a political film, a period film, an action film, an international co-production and a film for television and cinema – a project that is exceptional in its scope.

Carlos The Jackal is being released as a ‘trilogy’ version, which features the three full-length episodes from the TV series, and as an edited ‘movie’ version, where the three episodes have been combined and over 90 minutes lost.

Film: Carlos The Jackal
Release date: 1st November 2010
Certificate: 15
Running time: 246 mins (338 mins – ‘trilogy’ version)
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Juana Acosta, Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Alejandro Arroyo, Ahmad Kaabour
Genre: Biography/Crime/Drama/History/Thriller
Studio: Optimum
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Country: France/Germany

DVD Special Features:
Making of featurette
Interview with Edgar Ramirez

Additional Blu-ray Special Features:
Interview with Olivier Assayas

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