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Badlands

Terrence Malick

 
Badlands (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • United States
  • 1973
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #651

Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity.

Credits

DirectorTerrence Malick
Written and produced byTerrence Malick
Executive producerEdward R. Pressman
Original music byGeorge Tipton
PhotographyBrian Probyn, Tak Fujimoto and Stevan Larner
EditorRobert Estrin
Associate editorsWilliam Weber and Marion Segal
Art directorJack Fisk
Associate art directorEd Richardson
Production managerWilliam Scott
Sound effectsSam Shaw
Associate producerLou Stroller
Hair/WardrobeDona Baldwin
CastingDianne Derfner

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Making “Badlands,” a new documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and art director Jack Fisk
  • New interviews with associate editor Billy Weber and executive producer Edward Pressman
  • “Charles Starkweather,” a 1993 episode of the television program American Justice, about the
    real-life story on which the film was loosely based
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda

    Cover based on a painting commissioned by Malick

Film Essays

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Badlands: Misfits

By Michael Almereyda March 19, 2013

Using a 1958 murder spree as a narrative springboard, Terrence Malick fashioned a fractured fairy tale about American innocence lost. Read more »

Clippings

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From the Malick Archives

November 30, 2016

Today, we’re celebrating the seventy-third birthday of one of American cinema’s most lyrical and enigmatic storytellers. Over the course of more than four decades, Terrence Malick has . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

April 22, 2016

Writer Harold Schechter shares a list of five true-crime films that encapsulate the essence of fear—including collection favorites In Cold Blood, The Honeymoon Killers, and Badlands—in the . . . Read more »


Interviews

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Designing for the Screen: An Interview with Jack Fisk

By Hillary Weston March 04, 2016

Over the past half century, production designer Jack Fisk has created some of cinema’s most memorable on-screen worlds—from the farmlands of early-twentieth-century Texas to the byways of . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries


Three Reasons


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Badlands

By Kim Hendrickson March 21, 2013


Video


Film Essays

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Badlands: Misfits

By Michael Almereyda March 19, 2013

Using a 1958 murder spree as a narrative springboard, Terrence Malick fashioned a fractured fairy tale about American innocence lost. Read more »

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