Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Tin Drum

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 13, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Volker Schlöndorff’s (The Handmaid’s Tale) 1979 war drama The Tin Drum, which earned the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is based on Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed 1959 novel.

The Tin Drum movie scene

David Bennent pounds away at The Tin Drum.

Oskar (David Bennent) is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks to bizarre, dangerous and memorable effect.

Characterized by its surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and strong, satirical tone, The Tin Drum is presented in German with English subtitles.

Available for a time on DVD and VHS from Kino but out-of-print for the past several years, The Tin Drum as issued on DVD and Blu-ray by Criterion offers the restored director’s cut of the film and the following features:

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete version, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff
• Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlöndorff and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
• New interview with Schlöndorff about the making of The Tin Drum and the creation of the 2010 restored, complete version
• New interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan
• German audio recording from 1987 of author Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel The Tin Drum with musical accompaniment, illustrated with the corresponding scene from the film
• Television interview excerpts featuring Schlöndorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière reflecting on their experiences making the film
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel


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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.