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The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris

 
The Thin Blue Line (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1988
  • 102 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #753

Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime. Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. The Thin Blue Line effected real-world change, proving film’s power beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Cast

Credits

DirectorErrol Morris
Produced byMark Lipson
Executive producerLindsay Law
Associate producerBrad Fuller
Directors of photographyStefan Czapsky and Robert Chappell
Production designTed Bafaloukos
EditorPaul Barnes
Original music composed byPhilip Glass

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Errol Morris and producer Mark Lipson, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Morris
  • New interview with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing
  • NBC report from 1989 covering Randall Adams’s release from prison
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Charles Musser

    New cover by Peter Mendelsund

Film Essays

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The Thin Blue Line: A Radical Classic

By Charles Musser March 26, 2015

Errol Morris’s revolutionary film boldly investigated the truth of a murder case while reimagining documentary cinema aesthetics. Read more »

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Fifty Essential Documentary Films

March 29, 2016

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Interviews


Film Essays

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The Thin Blue Line: A Radical Classic

By Charles Musser March 26, 2015

Errol Morris’s revolutionary film boldly investigated the truth of a murder case while reimagining documentary cinema aesthetics. Read more »


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