Badlands [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1973]

  • SKU: 8488046
  • Release Date: 03/19/2013
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 20)

Special Features


  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Making "Badlands," a new documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy spacek and art director Jack Fisk
  • New interviews with assiciate 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 an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda

Synopsis


Badlands
"He wanted to die with me and I dreamed of being lost forever in his arms." A young couple goes on a Midwest crime spree in Terrence Malick's hypnotically assured debut feature, based on the 1950s Starkweather-Fugate murders. Fancying himself a rebel like James Dean, twentysomething Kit (Martin Sheen) takes off with teen baton-twirler Holly (Sissy Spacek) after shooting her father (Warren Oates) when he tries to split the pair up. Once bounty hunters discover their riverside hiding place, Kit and Holly head toward Saskatchewan, leaving dead bodies in their wake. As the law closes in, however, Holly gives herself up -- but Kit doesn't hold it against her, as he basks in his new status as a momentary folk hero. Inaugurating the use of voice-over narration that he would continue in Days of Heaven (1978) and The Thin Red Line (1998), Malick juxtaposes Holly's flat readings of her flowery romance-novel diary prose with the banal and surreal details of their journey. Singularly inarticulate with each other, Kit and Holly are more intrigued by mythic celebrity gestures, as Holly peruses her fan magazines and Kit commemorates key moments before orchestrating a properly dramatic capture for himself (complete with the right hat). The sublime visuals lend a dreamlike beauty to the couple's trip even as their actions are treated casually; Malick neither glamorizes Kit and Holly nor consigns them to the bloody end of their fame-fixated predecessors in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). With the couple's opaque dialogue and Holly's fanzine dream narration, Malick further denies an easy explanation for their crimes. Made for under 500,000 dollars, Badlands debuted at the 1973 New York Film Festival, along with Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, and was released within months of two other outlaw-couple road movies, Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express and Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us. Although Badlands did not make an impression at the box office, its pictorial splendor and cool yet disquieting narrative established Malick as one of the most compelling artists to come out of early-'70s Hollywood. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Martin Sheen
    Martin Sheen - Kit Carruthers
  • Sissy Spacek
    Sissy Spacek - Holly Sargis
  • Warren Oates
    Warren Oates - Mr. Sargis, Father
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    Alan Vint - Deputy
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    Ramon Bieri - Cato



Customer rating

5.0
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Malick's debut is beautiful and enthralling

    Posted
    TheHighRoller5
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    Badlands is acclaimed director Terrence Malick's first feature, which stars Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. Presented by The Criterion Collection in a new high definition 4K transfer approved by Malick himself, the Blu-ray is absolutely beautiful. The detail is amazing, and the sound track sounds really great (mastered in 24-Bit). The supplements included in the Blu-ray are more than satisfactory, and they even include the original trailer in 1080p High Definition, left unrestored to give it the feel as if one had seen it in the theater back in the 70s (the film however has been digitally remastered). This is a definite must-have Blu-ray for anyone who appreciates the unparalleled art form that is film, and the beauty that Malick so much encompasses in each of his poetic visual masterpieces.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Malick + Criterion = WINNER!

    Posted
    FilmLover1970
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    Terrence Malick's Badlands has been oft-requested in HD and has finally arrived on Criterion blu-ray. In a word, this is a masterpiece. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek have phenomenal chemistry and 2 lost souls who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Malick's direction moves the film along at a slow leisurely pace, but allows for the movie to pull in the audience. Excellent storytelling meets, outstanding direction with great acting. Every film lover should add this to their collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film and beautiful transfer

    Posted
    CCoop09
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    Movie fans have been waiting a long time for Badlands to get a decent DVD release and this Criterion collection does not disappoint. Malick's films are known for their gorgeous cinematography and this one is no exception. This Blu-ray collection is pretty much flawless and captures the lush landscapes these lovers-on-the-run come across. If you're a fan of True Romance, buy this film and it will blow you away.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A beautiful blu-ray for an amazing film

    Posted
    Naternater
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    Criterion has done it again with a perfect transfer of a highly important film. Great extras (though wish there were even more), plus a booklet with interesting information and pictures. The cinematography in this film is beautiful and I am so glad it is presented in a manner as close as possible to how the director, cinematographer and all the creatives intended. Highly recommended!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Malick's Debut

    Posted
    PACineaste
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    A simple story told in a very simple way. Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen are two kids on the run from the law. But when it's a Terrence Malick movie...there's more going on than the plot. Beautifully shot and designed, this is by far the most accessible Malick film (and at around 90 min also the shortest!) and most entertaining.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE this movie!

    Posted
    fourunnerguy
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    I've been getting into the Criterion Collection lately and had become a fan of Terrence Malick but hadn't seen this film so based on the good reviews I read and knowing the quality Criterion puts out I blind bought this and couldn't have been more pleased. What a great film and as always great cinematography.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bought again for blu ray

    Posted
    Af718
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    We already owned Badlands on DVD, but couldn't pass this up when we saw it was a criterion collection blu ray version. Great movie, comes with a few new extras, but don't be expected to be blown away. Overall, they did a nice job and we enjoy having added this movie to our blu ray collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Criterion Blu-Ray is the definitive "Badlands"

    Posted
    kurosawa
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    The film is a classic, and Criterion really delivers with their release. It has the best looking transfer of Badlands I've ever seen and comes with a handful of extras that are worth watching. After having a DVD copy for years, I can say that this new blu-ray is the definitive release.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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