François Truffaut’s 400 Blows Getting 4K Blu-ray Release

Earlier today we brought you news about the 4K Blu-ray release of François Truffaut’s Jules et Jim from the BFI. Now the French filmmaker’s directorial debut The 400 Blows is also set for 4K Blu-ray release later this month.

The classic film introduces his enduring alter ego, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) – a misunderstood 12-year-old, neglected by his parents and mistreated by repressive schoolteachers, who seeks refuge in truancy, petty crime and, above all, cinema.

Truffaut’s most autobiographical film is widely regarded as one of the all-time great coming-of-age movies and was a cinematic landmark that heralded the French New Wave. Extras on this Blu-ray release include a feature commentary, audition footage and, Truffaut, Bazin, Renoir: A Love Story, film academic Catherine Wheatley’s illustrated presentation, recorded at François Truffaut’s Cinematic and Literary Influences Study Day earlier this year.

Check the trailer below…

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Special features
-Presented in High Definition from a new 4K restoration
-Feature commentary by Robert Lachenay (2002)
-Audition footage (1958, 7 mins): Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay and Richard Kanayan’s screen tests for Truffaut
-Les Mistons (1957, 18 mins): Truffaut develops his distinctive style in this early short
-Truffaut, Bazin, Renoir: A Love Story (2022, 18 mins): Film academic Catherine Wheatley’s illustrated presentation, recorded at François Truffaut’s Cinematic and Literary Influences Study Day, BFI Southbank
-Images of Paris: documentary gems from the BFI National Archive, including Panorama Around the Eiffel Tower (1900, 1 min), Metropolitan Railway of Paris (1913, 6 mins), and Lunch on the Eiffel Tower (1914, 1 min)
-Original theatrical trailer
-2022 trailer
-Image gallery

*** First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with an essay by Ellen Cheshire, a biography of François Truffaut, credits and notes on the special features.

France / 1959 / black and white / 99 mins / French with English subtitles / original aspect ratio 2.35:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)

400 Blows  will be released by BFI on Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Prime release on 25th April.