Watership Down Watership Down

Watership Down

Martin Rosen

 
Watership Down (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1978
  • 92 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #748

With this passion project, screenwriter-producer-director Martin Rosen brilliantly achieved what had been thought nearly impossible: a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits under terrible threat from modern forces. With its naturalistic hand-drawn animation, dreamily expressionistic touches, gorgeously bucolic background design, and elegant voice work from such superb English actors as John Hurt, Ralph Richardson, Richard Briers, and Denholm Elliott, Watership Down is an emotionally arresting, dark-toned allegory about freedom amid political turmoil.

Credits

DirectorMartin Rosen
Written for the screen byMartin Rosen
Produced byMartin Rosen
Animation directorTony Guy
Animation supervisorPhilip Duncan
Edited byTerry Rawlings
“Bright Eyes” composed byMike Batt
Sung byArt Garfunkel
Incidental musicMalcolm Williamson
Musical directorMarcus Dods
Music composed and arranged by Angela Morley
Production managerDennis Gardiner
Production coordinatorPhilip Alton
Layout artistsGordon Harrison, Peter See and Ted Pettengell
Senior animatorsArthur Humberstone, George Jackson, Tony Guy and Philip Duncan
Special sequence designLuciana Arrighi

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with director Martin Rosen
  • New interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro about the film’s importance in animation history
  • Picture-in-picture storyboards for the entire film (Blu-ray); four film-to-storyboard scene comparisons (DVD)
  • Defining a Style, a 2005 featurette about the film’s aesthetic
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by comic book writer Gerard Jones

Film Essays

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Watership Down: “Take Me with You, Stream, on Your Dark Journey”

By Gerard Jones February 26, 2015

The threat of death hangs over Watership Down, Martin Rosen’s wise and uncompromising animated adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic novel about rabbits on a survival mission. Read more »

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April 01, 2016

Uncover the forgotten female stars of early-twentieth-century action serials. The women of these films, writes Radha Vatsal for the Atlantic, “exhibited traditionally ‘masculine’ qualities like . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

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Watership Down: “Take Me with You, Stream, on Your Dark Journey”

By Gerard Jones February 26, 2015

The threat of death hangs over Watership Down, Martin Rosen’s wise and uncompromising animated adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic novel about rabbits on a survival mission. Read more »


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