Studiocanal to release 60th anniversary 4K restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘BREATHLESS’

Studiocanal has announced the release of a stunning new 4K restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s influential French New Wave classic, BREATHLESS (À bout de souffle), which will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital, on 9th November 2020, to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark masterpiece.

BREATHLESS will also be available in a 4K UHD Limited Collector’s Edition set, exclusive to, complete with a 12” vinyl original soundtrack by Martial Solal, 40-page booklet, poster and art cards, and limited theatrical screenings will also be announced soon.

The epitome of cinematic cool which inspired a generation of moviemakers, BREATHLESS is based on a story by Francois Truffaut, photographed by New Wave legend Raoul Coutard, and features iconic performances from Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg.

To celebrate the release, we have 1 x 4K UHD Limited Collector’s Edition to give away to one lucky reader! (scroll down to enter!)

Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo) considers himself a suave bad guy in the manner of Humphrey Bogart with his cigarettes, hat, sunglasses and determined unconformity. While driving a stolen car he impulsively kills a policeman. Hiding out in his student girlfriend Patricia’s (Jean Seberg) Paris apartment he tries to pull together enough money to get the pair to Italy. But when Patricia learns that her boyfriend is being investigated for murder, she begins to question her loyalties.

BREATHLESS (À Bout De Souffle) has been painstakingly restored in 4K by STUDIOCANAL with the help of the CNC, within the framework of the Selective Aid for the Digitisation of Cinematographic Heritage Works.

This restoration was supervised by the laboratory L’Image Retrouvée. The teams restored BREATHLESS from the original film negatives, which were originally shot on two types of film: Gevaert Belgium and Ilford Pancromatic.

Due respect was given to these two different textures of film during the restoration process, resulting in a fully realised 4K restoration which allows audiences to enjoy the film in this new definition, with full appreciation of the original artistic intentions of the Director.

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Competition closes at 23:59 on Monday 16th November 2020!

Winners will be notified by email!

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