Midnight Cowboy (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Midnight Cowboy (The Criterion Collection)(1969) Blu-ray
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Midnight Cowboy Blu-ray
Criterion | 1969 | 113 min | Rated R | May 29, 2018

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: LPCM Mono
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English SDH

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515215312

Midnight Cowboy (The Criterion Collection)(1969) Blu-ray

Joe, a cheerful rube from Texas, moves to New York City to pursue a career as a male prostitute, but instead spends a hard winter helping a tubercular con artist he meets on the street.

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.

Director: John Schlesinger
Writers: Waldo Salt, James Leo Herlihy
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Barnard Hughes, Brenda Vaccaro

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION OF THE FILM, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- NEW selected-scene commentary by cinematographer Adam Holender
- 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
- 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
- Original Trailer
- PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris

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