‘Midnight Cowboy’ Leads Criterion’s May Slate

Director John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy, the 1969 Best Picture Oscar winner starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, is getting a new 4K digital restoration for a Criterion Collection Blu-ray and DVD release May 29 (order date May 1).

The Blu-ray will include an uncompressed monaural soundtrack as well as an alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack presented in DTS-HD Master Audio.

Extras include:

  • A 1991 commentary from 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;
  • “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;
  • A 1970 Voight interview from “The David Frost Show”;
  • A 2000 Schlesinger interview for BAFTA Los Angeles;
  • Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA L.A. tribute to Schlesinger, featuring Voight and Hoffman;
  • The film’s theatrical trailer
  • An essay by critic Mark Harris; and potentially more.

 

Additional titles from the Criterion catalog due in May include:

 

  • Moonrise (1948) on Blu-ray and DVD May 8 (prebook April 10) with a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; a new conversation between author Hervé Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie; and an essay by critic Philip Kemp.

 

  • The Other Side of Hope (2017) on Blu-ray and DVD May 15 (prebook April 17) with a new 2K digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; a new interview with actor Sherwan Haji; footage from the 2017 Berlin Film Festival press conference for the film, featuring Kaurismäki and the film’s actors; Aki and Peter, a new video essay by Daniel Raim about the friendship between Kaurismäki and film critic Peter von Bagh, to whom the film is dedicated; music videos; a trailer; and an essay by critic Girish Shambu.

 

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) on Blu-ray May 22 (order date April 24) with a new, restored 4K digital transfer of the director’s cut with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; two optional English narrations, including one by actor Roy Scheider; audio commentary from 2008 featuring director Paul Schrader and producer Alan Poul; archival interviews; The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima, a 55-minute documentary from 1985; a trailer; and an essay booklet with photographs.

 

  • Beyond the Hills (2012) on Blu-ray and DVD May 22 (order date April 24) with a 2K digital transfer, and 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; a new interview with director Cristian Mungiu; the 2013 documentary “The Making of Beyond the Hills“; press conference from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; deleted scenes; a trailer; a new English subtitle translation; and an essay by film scholar Doru Pop.

 

  • Graduation (2016) on Blu-ray and DVD May 22 (order date April 24) with a 2K digital master, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; a new interview with director Cristian Mungiu; press conference from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival; deleted scenes; a trailer; a new English subtitle translation; and an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri.

 

  • Au hasard Balthazar (1966) on Blu-ray and DVD May 29 (order date May 1) with a new 2K digital restoration, and uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; a 2005 interview with film scholar Donald Richie; “Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson,” a 1966 French television program about the film, featuring director Robert Bresson, filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, and members of Balthazar‘s cast and crew; the original theatrical trailer; and an essay by film scholar James Quandt.

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