The coming-of-age comedy classic Harold and Maude arrives on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 7 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.
In the 1971 film, directed by Hal Ashby and written by Colin Higgins, Harold (Bud Cort) is a death-obsessed teen who falls for Maude (Ruth Gordon), a happy-go-lucky, eccentric 79-year-old. To a lilting Yusuf/Cat Stevens soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a valuable lesson about making the most of his time on earth.
Originally released on Dec. 20, 1971, the film celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has been restored and remastered for the limited-edition release. For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K and careful color correction and cleanup were undertaken to pay homage to director of photography John Alonzo’s work and honor the look of the film, according to Paramount. In addition, the soundtrack was completely remixed using recently discovered tracks to add clarity and depth.
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The “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray includes a new commentary with Larry Karaszewski (co-screenwriter, Ed Wood; co-screenwriter, Dolemite Is My Name) and writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous), as well as a look at the film featuring Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who composed and performed the songs for the movie.
Harold and Maude is presented in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.