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On the Waterfront

Elia Kazan

 
On the Waterfront (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1954
  • 108 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #647

Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry. A raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and social corruption, On the Waterfront follows Terry’s deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-hand man, Terry’s brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars®, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.

Cast

Terry MalloyMarlon Brando
Father Pete BarryKarl Malden
Johnny FriendlyLee J. Cobb
Charley MalloyRod Steiger
Kayo DuganPat Henning
Edie DoyleEva Marie Saint
GloverLeif Erickson
Big MacJames Westerfield
”Pop“ DoyleJohn Hamilton

Credits

DirectorElia Kazan
Produced bySam Spiegel
ScreenplayBudd Schulberg
Based upon an original story byBudd Schulberg
Suggested by articles byMalcolm Johnson
Director of photographyBoris Kaufman
Art directorRichard Day
EditorGene Milford
MusicLeonard Bernstein

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate presentations of the restoration in two additional aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen)
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young
  • New conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Kent Jones
  • Elia Kazan: Outsider (1982), an hour-long documentary
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others
  • New interview with actor Eva Marie Saint
  • Interview with director Elia Kazan from 2001
  • Contender: Mastering the Method, a 2001 documentary on the film’s most famous scene
  • New interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film
  • New interview with author James T. Fisher about the real-life people and places behind the film
  • Visual essay on Leonard Bernstein’s score
  • Visual essay on the aspect ratio
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, Kazan’s 1952 defense of his House Un-American Activities Committee testimony, one of the 1948 Malcolm Johnson articles that inspired the film, and a 1953 piece by screenwriter Budd Schulberg

    New cover illustration by Sean Phillips, design by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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On the Waterfront: Everybody Part of Everybody Else

By Michael Almereyda February 19, 2013

Elia Kazan’s masterwork is a vivid, tough look at a time and place, and a transcendent human drama. Read more »

Three Reasons


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10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: On the Waterfront

By Issa Clubb February 21, 2013


Interviews


On Five


Film Essays

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On the Waterfront: Everybody Part of Everybody Else

By Michael Almereyda February 19, 2013

Elia Kazan’s masterwork is a vivid, tough look at a time and place, and a transcendent human drama. Read more »


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