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  • Actors: Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Nora von Waldstätten
  • Directors: Olivier Assayas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YXZIW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,924 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By BigRich on 12 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
Cant recommend this highly enough. Incredible directing, acting and cinematography lavished on a story worthy of the time, money and effort. It's film making that credits the viewer with intelligence and doesn't dumb down like so many Hollywood films do. Ramirez is superb as the preening,narcissistic international terrorist come international playboy. The film feels worthy of Oscars though whether it will be classified as a movie or tv im not sure. At 6 hours long you set off thinking it could be a struggle to get through but it absolutely flies by. There is a shorter version i believe but why miss out on seeing it as the director intended it to be seen? If you liked Bourne Identity, Mesrine, Syriana or anything of that ilk you should love this.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Roy Brookes VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2010
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This film is a tour de force by a gifted director and a brilliant new actor. It is 350 minutes long and split into 3 episodes over 3 DVDs, but I was sorry when it ended. Edgar Ramirez played the central character of Carlos with so much understated style and simmering violence, he was fascinating to watch. I have lived through Carlos' entire career, some of the time in Paris, and this film is so believable. It is not a documentary. The director himself points out in an interview on disc 3 that it is part fact, part fiction, because he had to fictionalise events that are not documented, but it is evident that he had a lot of research material to work from. For many years the authorities had only one indistinct photograph of Carlos, who was also a master of disguise and a chameleon who could change his appearance, and, of course, changed naturally over the years. That is all apparent in this film. The man matures as the film progresses but his basic nature does not change. He was dangerous. He scares people but also excites them. He used the media to his own ends. He was a marxist, he said, and later converted to Islam but one always has the impression that he really only believes in himself and his own agenda. He and his faithful German sidekick Weinrich would visit their paymasters looking like a couple of businessmen doing a deal, and they had contacts throughout the world of revolutionaries, from Moscow to Tripoli, East Germany to the Basque territories. They used the Stasi by playing the Soviet card when it suited them; they used terror to browbeat the Hungarian secret service into cooperating with them. They used the PFLP as a cover for some of their worst atrocities such as the killings in the Rue Marbeuf in Paris, or the OPEC kidnappings in Vienna.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
This is a biopic of Venezuelan Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, later to become better known as Carlos the Jackal - although he is never referred to as The Jackal at any time in this very long film. A committed Marxist-Leninist idealist, Carlos is widely regarded as one of the most famous political terrorists of his era. When he joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1970, recruiting officer Bassam Abu Sharif gave him the code name "Carlos" because of his South American roots. After several bungled bombings, Carlos achieved notoriety for the 1975 raid on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, which killed three people. This was followed by a string of attacks against Western targets. For many years he was among the most wanted international fugitives. Carlos was dubbed "The Jackal" by The Guardian newspaper after one of its correspondents reportedly spotted Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal near some of the fugitive's belongings.

It's good and worth watching to the end, by which time I was beginning to realise how much I had enjoyed Mesrine more - a film with which 'Carlos' is often compared - because while Edgar Ramirez (as Carlos) does a better than decent job in the central role, ultimately he or the role he plays lacks the charisma of Vincent Kassel in Mesrine, which has better credentials as a cinematic film. Carlos (as a film) is interesting rather than entertaining, and since his demise is relatively well-known, the ending was rather less gripping than much of what had gone before.

The musical score is slightly distracting at times, seeming rather out of place with the 1970s and 1980s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mickey_one on 21 Dec. 2011
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If you like your recent history in Cinemascope with very good cast and excellent production design, this is for you.
Audio is multilingual (with English subs; yes, subs are defeatable!), ca. 50% English spoken.

Number of discs: 3
Film: 8,5/10
Picture quality: 8/10
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1 (orig.)
Run time (24fps)
Episode:
1. 1:44'01"
2. 1:51'54"
3. 2:03'27"
- movie version: 2:45'15" (orig.: 3:05' approx.)

Audio = multilingual (GB,F,E,D,H,RUS,Arabic etc.)
ST: GB o/-
Chpt.: 12
Region B (A; C?)
Bonus:
- Making-Of, 21'14" HD
- Interviews (F; ST: GB):
-- Edgar Ramirez, 4'49"
-- Olivier Assayas, 19'55"
Studio: Canal/Optimum
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 28 Jan. 2011
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This is a fascinating film and Edgar Ramirez does a remarkable job as Carlos. The casting is generally excellent with a huge variety of different linguistic and ethnic parts played with an astonishing degree of accuracy, even their English accents, when they speak English, matches reality. The one fault, and it is a major fault, is the decision to only subtitle when English is not spoken. There is hardly a native English part anywhere and most English accents are very thick and hard to understand even for those that may be familiar with such accents. For those that have little experience in this field, large parts of the English dialoge, (which could be as high as 20% of the total), is extremely hard to follow. A real shame. I have marked down the final rating purely because of this serious shortcoming. The Blu-ray transfer, which is spread over 3 discs, includes the shortened cinema version as well as the full 5 hour plus version, and is pretty good.
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