On the Waterfront (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)

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On the Waterfront (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 19, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1954
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: Disc one:
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD master audio
    • Audio commentary by authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young
    • New conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Kent Jones
    • Elia Kazan: an outsider (1982), an hour-long documentary
    • New documentary on the making of the film, featuing interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others
    • New interview with Eva Marie Saint
    • Interview with director Elia Kazan from 2001
    • Contender: mastering the method, a 2001 documentary of the film's most famous scene
    • New interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film
    • New interview with author James T. Fisher about the real-life people and places behind the film
    • Visual essay on Leonard Bernstein's score
    • Visual essay on the aspect ratio
    • Trailer
    • Disc two:
    • Alternate presentations of the restoration in two additional aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen)
    • Plus:
    • A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, Kazan's 1952 defense of his House Un-American Activities Committee testimony, one of the 1948 Malcolm Johnson articles that inspired the film, and a 1953 piece by screenwriter Budd Schulberg
  • Special Edition
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let's face it."
  - Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) to his brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), in the back of a cab
"You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am."

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1954 - Best Actor: Marlon Brando
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w)
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Cinematography: Boris Kaufman
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Director: Elia Kazan
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Original Screenplay: Budd Schulberg
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1954 - Best Supporting Actress: Eva Marie Saint

Entertainment Reviews:

Chicago Sun-Times - 03/21/1999
"...A powerful and influential movie, one that continued Brando's immeasurable influence on the general change of tone in American movie acting in the 50's..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/02/2001
"...ON THE WATERFRONT is Kazan's desire to justify himself to Hollywood and the world....Inarguably affecting..."
Total Film - 05/01/2000
"...It's a heavyweight actor's master class presided over by Brando as a punch-drunk former boxer..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"It's one of the towering performances in the history of the movies..."
Uncut - 12/01/2004
"ON THE WATERFRONT retains its righteous power and resonance. And Marlon is magnificent."
A.V. Club - 02/27/2013
"[T]here's a clear line from this film to the likes of MEAN STREETS and RAGING BULL. ON THE WATERFRONT has that same mix of the stylized and the offhand, the commercial and the thorny." -- Grade: A

Product Description:

Marlon Brando is Terry Malloy, an ex-prize fighter struggling against union corruption along the New York waterfront, in Elia Kazan's film classic. Malloy's battle takes him all the way to the witness stand, where he finds himself testifying against union leaders. The film was Kazan's response to his decision to turn in the names of his Hollywood contemporaries during Senator Joe McCarthy's anti-Communism hearings. Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Malden were all nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscars. Academy Award Nominations: 12. Academy Awards: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Marlon Brando, Best Story and Screenplay.

Plot Synopsis:

Elia Kazan's compelling social drama was the winner of eight Academy Awards and marks one of Marlon Brando finest screen performances.
Terry Malloy, a handsome but inarticulate longshoreman, gets involved in a labor scandal when a fellow dock worker is murdered. He knows that the victim was killed by the oppressive labor union for squealing to a commission investigating misdoings. Terry intends to keep his mouth shut and his job safe. But when Edie, the dead man's beautiful sister, comes to town, he must choose between his allegiance to a corrupt union and his loyalty to Edie.


Production Notes:

  • ON THE WATERFRONT was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
  • Eva Marie Saint's film debut.
  • Additional cast includes: Pat Henning, Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello, Don Blackman, Abe Simon, Arthur Keegan, Mike O'Dowd, Thomas Handley and Anne Hegira.
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