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John Schlesinger’s trailblazing Oscar winner, a touchstone of the New American Cinema explosion, in a new 4K restoration. One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, JOHN SCHLESINGER (Billy Liar) came to New York in the late‐1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. JON VOIGHT (Coming Home) delivers a career‐making performance as Joe Buck, a wide‐eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by DUSTIN HOFFMAN in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its “homosexual frame of reference,” Midnight Cowboy became the first X‐rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS‐HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary from 1991 featuring director John 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 for Midnight Cowboy  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
  • Interview with actor Jon Voight on The David Frost Show from 1970
  • Interview from 2000 with Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles
  •  Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA LA Tribute to Schlesinger, featuring Voight and actor Dustin Hoffman
  •  Trailer
  •  PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
approx. 1 hour 53 minutes
Director:
John Schlesinger
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Jon Voight

Dustin Hoffman
Theatrical Release Year:
1969
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

Midnight Cowboy - The Criterion Collection

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John Schlesinger’s trailblazing Oscar winner, a touchstone of the New American Cinema explosion, in a new 4K restoration. One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, JOHN SCHLESINGER (Billy Liar) came to New York in the late‐1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. JON VOIGHT (Coming Home) delivers a career‐making performance as Joe Buck, a wide‐eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by DUSTIN HOFFMAN in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its “homosexual frame of reference,” Midnight Cowboy became the first X‐rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema.

Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS‐HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary from 1991 featuring director John 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 for Midnight Cowboy  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
  • Interview with actor Jon Voight on The David Frost Show from 1970
  • Interview from 2000 with Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles
  •  Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA LA Tribute to Schlesinger, featuring Voight and actor Dustin Hoffman
  •  Trailer
  •  PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
approx. 1 hour 53 minutes
Director:
John Schlesinger
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Jon Voight

Dustin Hoffman
Theatrical Release Year:
1969
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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The Criterion Treatment

Really nicely presented with a crisp picture and interesting extra features. It's a great movie treated with respect in this release, what else could you ask for?

An all time classic

A classic Hollywood film that has stood the test of time and is still an entertaining, thought provoking drama film set in the seedy streets of New York. Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman give some of their best performances in this film and play two truly unforgettable characters. There is a lot more to appreciate in this film, including a fantastic soundtrack (theme performed by the legendary Harry Nilsson), stylish direction by the incomparable John Schlesinger and moments of genuinely funny black humour. A must own release by Criterion.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY - THE CITERION COLLECTION (1969)

A great film. A true masterpiece from the old Hollywood era. Exceptional performances from Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. The first X rated film to win the academy award for best picture. Terrific video and audio transfer. Great extras, a must own.

Fantastic release of an incredible film

This is a classic of 60s cinema and Criterion have done it justice with this superb blu-ray edition.