Days of Heaven (DVD)

Terrence Malick

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Amoeba Review

Chris Morris 12/31/1969

Starring: Sam Shepard, Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Linda Manz.


Special Features Include:
  • New high-definition digital transfer [1978] approved by director Andrea Arnold, director of photography Robbie Ryan, and editor Nicolas Chaudeurge
  • All three of Arnold's short films: Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and the Oscar-winning Wasp (2003)
  • New video interview with actor Kierston Wareing
  • Interview with actor Michael Fassbender from 2009
  • Audition footage
  • Stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie

The tale is simplicity itself: A young man (Richard Gere), his girl (Brooke Adams), and his spunky kid sister (Linda Manz) flee trouble in Chicago and find harvesting work on a wheat farm owned by a wealthy Texan (playwright-actor Sam Shepard). The couple, who are masquerading as brother and sister, learn that the farmer is terminally ill, and the young man encourages the woman to marry the farmer so that they can claim his fortune after he dies. Confusion, suspicion, disaster of near-Biblical proportions, and tragedy ensue.

Were it not for Manz’s deadpan voiceover narration, this pictorial masterwork could almost be a silent film – director Terrence Malick’s spectacular images tell the story. Shot by Nestor Almendros, who won an Oscar for his painterly cinematography (with an assist from the supremely gifted Haskell Wexler), Days of Heaven is among the most gorgeous features ever made. Filmed mostly in twilight’s “magic hour,” the film is bathed in hues of lavender and gold. It’s a rapturous visual poem that shocks the eye with its beauty.

This picture has more going for it than its looks:  Malick’s lean, poignant script, Ennio Morricone’s subdued score (with a big hand from the themes of composer Camille Saint-Sa

Product Details

  • Cast: Terrence Malick
  • Label: The Criterion Collection


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