On the Waterfront [1954] [Criterion] (BLU)

Elia Kazan

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2-Disc set.    

 

Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry. A raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and social corruption, On the Waterfront follows Terry's deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny's right-hand man, Terry's brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On The Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.

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Product Details

  • Starring: Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Pat Henning
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 02/19/2013
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 647

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary By Authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young
  • New Conversation Between Filmmaker Martin Scorsese And Critic Kent Jones
  • Elia Kazan: An Outsider - An Hour Long Documentary
  • Visual Essay On The Aspect Ratio
  • New Interview With Author James T. Fisher About The Real Life People And Places Behind The Film
  • Contender: Mastering The Method - A 2001 Documentary On The Film's Most Famous Scene
  • Visual Essay On Leonard Bernstein's Score
  • A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Filmmaker Michael Almereyda, Kazan's 1952 Defense Of His House Un-American Activities Committee Testimony, One Of The 1948 Malcolm Johnson Articles That Inspired The Film, And A 1953 Piece By Screenwriter Budd Schulberg

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