Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Thin Blue Line

Blu-ray Release Date: March 24, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Among the most vital documentaries of the Eighties, 1988’s The Thin Blue Lineby Errol Morris (A Brief History of Time), erases the border between art and activism.

ThinBlueLineA work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite overwhelming evidence that he did not commit the crime.

Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi), Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. The Thin Blue Line effected real-world change, proving film’s power beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Criterion’s director-approved Blu-ray and DVD special editions include the following:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Errol Morris and producer Mark Lipson, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with Morris
    • New interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer
    (The Act of Killing)
    • NBC report from 1989 covering Randall Adams’s release from prison
    • An essay by film scholar Charles Musser


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.