Blu-ray, DVD Release: Midnight Cowboy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 29, 2018
Price: DVD $13.72, Blu-ray $27.37
Studio: Criterion

One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, John Schlesinger (Sunday Bloody Sunday) 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 (Runaway Train) 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 (Ishtar) 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,” 1969’s Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema.

Criterion’s new Blu-ray and DVD editions of the movie include the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
* 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
* An essay by critic Mark Harris

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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.