Harold and Maude Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

Hal Ashby

 
Harold and Maude (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1971
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #608

With the idiosyncratic American fable Harold and Maude, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins, Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age, and it features indelible performances and a remarkable soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

Cast

MaudeRuth Gordon
HaroldBud Cort
Mrs. ChasenVivian Pickles
GlaucusCyril Cusack
Uncle Victor Chares Tyner
Sunshine DoréEllen Geer
PriestEric Christmas
PsychiatristG. Wood
Candy GulfJudy Engles
Motorcycle officerTom Skerritt

Credits

DirectorHal Ashby
Produced byColin Higgins and Charles B. Mulvehill
Written byColin Higgins
Executive producerMildred Lewis
Director of photographyJohn Alonzo
Songs composed and performed byCat Stevens
Recordings supervised byPaul Samwell-Smith
Film editingWilliam A. Sawyer and Edward Warschilka
Production designerMichael Haller
Costume designerWilliam Theiss
Wardrobe supervisorAndrea Weaver
MakeupBob Stein
Hair stylistKathryn Blondell
SoundWilliam Randall
Camera operatorJoe Marquette Jr.
Head gripCharles Record
Titles byPablo Ferro

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Optional remastered uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Charles B. Mulvehill
  • Illustrated audio excerpts from seminars by Ashby and writer-producer Colin Higgins
  • New interview with songwriter Yusuf/Cat Stevens
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz; a 1971 New York Times profile of star Ruth Gordon (Blu-ray only); and two excerpted interviews, one from 1997 with star Bud Cort and cinematographer John Alonzo and one from 2001 with executive producer Mildred Lewis (Blu-ray only)

    New cover by Jordan Crane

Film Essays

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Harold and Maude: Life and How to Live It

By Matt Zoller Seitz June 12, 2012

Hal Ashby’s delicately off-kilter May-December romance stars two of the unlikeliest countercultural icons of the seventies. Read more »

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The Funniest Films Ever Written

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Behind the Scenes

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Happy Birthday, Hal Ashby!

September 02, 2015

The cuddliest of the New American Cinema auteurs of the seventies was born on this day in 1929. Hal Ashby’s output from that decade never loses its ability to astonish; bookended by two of the . . . Read more »


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Harold and Maude

By Curtis Tsui June 25, 2012


Interviews

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A Boy of Twenty and a Woman of Eighty

By Leticia Kent June 21, 2012

The following interview with actor Ruth Gordon originally appeared in the April 4, 1971, edition of the New York Times. “Have ya gotta angle for the story?” The accent—part New England hayseed, . . . Read more »


Video

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Being in Harold and Maude

By Vivian Pickles June 20, 2012

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Film Essays

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Harold and Maude: Life and How to Live It

By Matt Zoller Seitz June 12, 2012

Hal Ashby’s delicately off-kilter May-December romance stars two of the unlikeliest countercultural icons of the seventies. Read more »


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