Blu-ray, DVD Release: The New World

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 26, 2016
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Criterion


The 2005 film The New World, a singular vision of early 17th Century America from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), is a work of astounding elemental beauty, a poetic meditation on nature, violence, love, and civilization.

NewWorld1_optThe New World re-imagines the apocryphal story of the meeting of British explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell, The Way Back) and Powhatan native Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) as a romantic idyll between spiritual equals, then follows Pocahontas through her marriage to John Rolfe (Christian Bale, The Big Short) and her life in England.

With art director Jack Fisk’s raw re-creation of the Jamestown colony, Emmanuel Lubezki’s (The Revenant) marvelous, naturally lit cinematography, and James Horner’s (Titanic) soaring musical score, The New World is a film of uncommon power and technical splendor, one that shows Malick at the height of his visual and philosophical powers.

Presented in English and Algonquin with English subtitles, Criterion’s director-approved 3-disc Blu-ray editions and four-disc DVD editions of the historical epic drama contain the following:

  • New 4K digital restoration of the 172-minute extended cut of the film, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and director Terrence Malick and featuring material not released in theaters, with both theatrical and near-field 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • High-definition digital transfers of the 150-minute first cut and the 135-minute theatrical cut of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-rays
  • New interviews with actors Colin Farrell and Q’orianka Kilcher
  • New program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West
  • Making “The New World,”a documentary shot during the production of the film in 2004, directed and edited by Austin Jack Lynch
  • New program about the process of cutting The New World and its various versions, featuring interviews with editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, and Mark Yoshikawa
  • Trailers
  • A book featuring an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning, a 2006 interview with Lubezki from American Cinematographer, and a selection of materials that inspired the production
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About Laurence

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.