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Old 02-15-2018, 09:24 PM   #1
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Criterion Midnight Cowboy (1969)


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One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late-1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its “homosexual frame of reference,” Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema.
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  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1991 featuring director John Schlesinger and producer Jerome Hellman
  • New selected-scene commentary by cinematographer Adam Holender
  • The Crowd Around the Cowboy, a 1969 short film made on location for Midnight Cowboy
  • Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey, an Academy Award–nominated documentary from 1990 by Eugene Corr and Robert Hillmann
  • Two short 2004 documentaries on the making and release of Midnight Cowboy
  • Interview with actor Jon Voight on The David Frost Show from 1970
  • Interview from 2000 with Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles
  • Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA LA Tribute to Schlesinger, featuring Voight and actor Dustin Hoffman
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris

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Old 02-15-2018, 09:33 PM   #2
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Bless us one and all!
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:54 PM   #3
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It has been rumoured for years, and it's finally happening.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:08 PM   #4
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This will be a blind buy during the B&N sale.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:10 PM   #5
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One of CC's worst covers, surely.
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One of CC's worst covers, surely.
Wrong.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:11 PM   #7
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One of CC's worst covers, surely.
Still better than "Tiny Furniture".

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One of CC's worst covers, surely.
Hey, they're walkin' on the cover.
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:35 PM   #9
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One of CC's worst covers, surely.
How funny, I was thinking exactly the opposite! To each his own.

I think it captures the mood of the film and era exactly right.
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The 90 min Waldo Salt doc is reason enough to pick this one up. Hopefully another step towards a Blast of Silence upgrade.
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I almost bit the bullet on the MGM release many times but I'm glad I held out.
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I almost bit the bullet on the MGM release many times but I'm glad I held out.
Me too. This is exactly what I've been waiting for, one of my favorites!
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:20 PM   #14
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Another MGM BD to replace
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So long I've waited.....sniffle....thank you, God..... yeeeeeeeeehoooooooo!
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Man, I saw the announcement for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, then posted in that thread that news just doesn't come any better for me in life.

Now a 4K restoration of Midnight Cowboy by Criterion?

All I can say, is color me wrong.

Thank you so much, Criterion. Wow.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:25 PM   #17
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Holy sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

Midnight Cowboy is one of my top ten faves, so this'll be mine for certain.
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Most excellent news.
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Holy sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

Midnight Cowboy is one of my top ten faves, so this'll be mine for certain.
My top ten too!
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I shall simply express my immense joy using this gif.

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