The Tin Drum [1979] [Criterion] (DVD)

Volker Schlondorff

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2-Disc, set.


Danzig, Germany, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and the irresponsibility of society, Oskar rejects both, and, at his third birthday, refuses to grow older. Caught in a baffling state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out at all he surveys with piercing screams and frantic poundings on his tin drum, while the unheeding, chaotic world marches onward to the madness and folly of World War II. Honored with the Palme d'Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and the 1979 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language film, Volker Schlöndorff's The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) is a truly visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass' acclaimed novel, an unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire.

Product Details

  • Starring: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: R
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 05/18/2004
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 234

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by director and cowriter Volker Schlöndorff
  • Isolated score by Maurice Jarre
  • Rare deleted scenes, featuring commentary by Schlondorff
  • Volker Schlöndorff Remembers The Tin Drum, a montage featuring Schlöndorff’s thoughts and recollections about the film, along with on-set photos, storyboards, and images not included in the final film
  • An illuminating collection of video interviews with Schlöndorff and actor David Bennent at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival; cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière and actor Mario Adorf; Schlöndorff and author Günter Grass during filming; and Schlöndorff after winning the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
  • The Platform, a rare 1987 German recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel Die Blechtromomel, accompanied by the music of famed improvisational percussionist Günter "Baby" Sommer
  • Reprinted excerpt of the screenplay’s original, unfilmed ending, with an introduction by Schlondorff
  • Banned in Oklahoma, a documentary by Gary D. Rhodes following the child pornography lawsuit involving around The Tin Drum
  • Production sketches, designs and promotional art Original theatrical trailer
  • A statement by Gunter Grass about adapting his novel to the screen, and a new essay by film scholar Eric Rentschler, author of West German Film in the Course of Time
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