|On the Waterfront
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|On the Waterfront (Blu-Ray)
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Criterion has announced a February 19th release date for On the Waterfront (1954) on standard DVD & Blu-Ray.
The Elia Kazan film, starring Marlon Brando with an all-star cast of Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger, and winner of eight Oscars, was previously released by Sony. In this release, Criterion even outdoes themselves by adding a plethora of bonus features that need 3-DVD's and 2-Blu's respectively to contain them. Details below.
Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry, a raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and institutional corruption.
On the Waterfront charts Terry’s deepening moral crisis as he must choose whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-hand man, Terry’s brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them.
Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.
- Commentary featuring authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young
- Conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Kent Jones
- Elia Kazan: Outsider (1982), an hour-long documentary
- New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others
- New interview with actress Eva Marie Saint
- Interview with director Elia Kazan from 2001
- Contender, a 2001 documentary on the film’s most famous scene
- Alternate presentations of the restoration in two additional aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen)
- New interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film
- New interview with author James T. Fisher (On the Irish Waterfront) about the real-life people and places behind the film
- Visual essay on Leonard Bernstein’s score
- Visual essay on the aspect ratio
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Almereyda and reprints of Kazan’s 1952 ad in the New York Times defending his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, one of the 1948 New York Sun articles by Malcolm Johnson on which the film was based, and a 1953 Commonweal piece by screenwriter Budd Schulber