John Schlesinger’s trailblazing Oscar winner, a touchstone of the New American Cinema explosion, in a new 4K restoration. One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, JOHN SCHLESINGER (Billy Liar) 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 (Coming Home) 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.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS‐HD Master Audio
  • 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
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
approx. 1 hour 53 minutes
Director:
John Schlesinger
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Jon Voight

Dustin Hoffman
Theatrical Release Year:
1969
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B

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John Schlesinger’s trailblazing Oscar winner, a touchstone of the New American Cinema explosion, in a new 4K restoration. One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, JOHN SCHLESINGER (Billy Liar) 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 (Coming Home) 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.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS‐HD Master Audio
  • 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
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
approx. 1 hour 53 minutes
Director:
John Schlesinger
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Jon Voight

Dustin Hoffman
Theatrical Release Year:
1969
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
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