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The Rose

Mark Rydell

 
The Rose (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1979
  • 134 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #757

Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell. Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road. Incisively scripted and beautifully shot—by Vilmos Zsigmond, with assistance on the dazzling concert scenes by a host of other world-class cinematographers, including Conrad L. Hall, László Kovács, Owen Roizman, and Haskell Wexler—this is a sensitively drawn and emotionally overwhelming melodrama that made the popular singer into a movie star as well.

Credits

DirectorMark Rydell
Produced byMarvin Worth and Aaron Russo
ScreenplayBill Kerby and Bo Goldman
StoryBill Kerby
CinematographyVilmos Zsigmond
Production designRichard MacDonald
Executive producerTony Ray
Music arranged and supervised byPaul A. Rothchild
Costumes designed byTheoni V. Aldredge
Film editorRobert L. Wolfe
Unit production manager Ira Loonstein
Assistant directorLarry Franco
Second assistant directorChris Soldo
CastingLynn Stalmaster & Associates
Second unit directorBarry Primus
CoeditorC. Timothy O’Meara
ChoreographerToni Basil
Still manPeter Sorel
Additional concert photographyBob Byrne, Conrad Hall, Jan Kiesser, László Kovács, Steve Lydecker, Michael Margolies, David Myers, Owen Roizman and Haskell Wexler

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring director Mark Rydell
  • New interview with actor Bette Midler
  • New conversation between Rydell and film historian and filmmaker Charles Dennis
  • New conversation between Zsigmond and cinematographer John Bailey
  • Archival interviews with Midler and Rydell, with on-set footage
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Paula Mejia

    Original typography on cover by Erik Marinovich

Film Essays

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The Rose: High Tragedy on Tour

By Paula Mejia May 22, 2015

A music star burns brightly and flames out beautifully in Mark Rydell’s visceral rock-and-roll film, starring a sensational Bette Midler. Read more »

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Laura Albert and Jeff Feuerzeig’s Closet Picks

September 09, 2016

Just before the premiere of their new film, author Laura Albert and director Jeff Feuerzeig stopped by Criterion for lunch and a visit to our film closet. Read more »


On Five

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Remembering Vilmos Zsigmond, Master of Light and Dark

By Lee Kline January 11, 2016

Last week I heard the news about cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond’s death. I felt tremendously sad, but also extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with such a great artist and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Rose: High Tragedy on Tour

By Paula Mejia May 22, 2015

A music star burns brightly and flames out beautifully in Mark Rydell’s visceral rock-and-roll film, starring a sensational Bette Midler. Read more »


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