Days of Heaven Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick

 
Days of Heaven (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1978
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
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  • Spine #409

One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting films of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy Days of Heaven, featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros, stands out among them. In 1910, a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and he, his girlfriend (Brooke Adams), and his little sister (Linda Manz) flee to the Texas panhandle, where they find work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating a timeless American idyll that is also a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

Cast

BillRichard Gere
AbbeyBrooke Adams
The farmerSam Shepard
LindaLinda Manz
The farm foremanRobert J. Wilke
Linda's friendJackie Shultis
Mill foremanStuart Margolin
Harvest handTimothy Scott

Credits

DirectorTerrence Malick
CinematographyNestor Almendros
Additional photographyHaskell Wexler
ProducerBert Schneider and Harold Schneider
Executive producerJacob Brackman
EditingBill Weber
MusicEnnio Morricone
Nonoriginal music byCamille Saint-Saens
CastingDianne Crittenden
Art directorJack Fisk
Set decoratorRobert Gould
Costume designerPatricia Norris
Camera operatorJohn Bailey

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Terrence Malick, editor Billy Weber, and camera operator John Bailey
  • New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Weber, art director Jack Fisk, costume designer Patricia Norris, and casting director Dianne Crittenden
  • New audio interview with actor Richard Gere
  • Video interviews with Bailey, cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and actor Sam Shepard
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Adrian Martin and a chapter from director of photography Nestor Almendros’s autobiography

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Days of Heaven: On Earth as It Is in Heaven

By Adrian MartinMarch 23, 2010

Like many American directors who emerged in the early 1970s, Terrence Malick went to film . . . Read more »

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Cover Story

February 22, 2011

This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at . . . Read more »


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Celebrating Cardiff

January 19, 2011

British cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who passed away in 2009 at the age of ninety-four, was a . . . Read more »


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Rainning Movies

November 19, 2010

The Office’s Rainn Wilson stopped by NPR’s Morning Edition today to talk movies, in the latest . . . Read more »


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Life Goes On

May 28, 2010

As enormous fans of Terrence Malick’s films (Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line), we’re . . . Read more »


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According to Fisk

May 11, 2010

A treat for fans of the visual splendors of Terrence Malick and David Lynch movies: in the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Days of Heaven: On Earth as It Is in Heaven

By Adrian MartinMarch 23, 2010

Like many American directors who emerged in the early 1970s, Terrence Malick went to film . . . Read more »


On Five

Striking Gold

By Lee KlineAugust 14, 2007

When I found out last year that we’d be working on Days of Heaven, I got goose bumps. It’s . . . Read more »