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Days of Heaven [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1978]

  • SKU: 9774766
  • Release Date: 03/23/2010
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Audio commentary featuring weber, art director Jack Frisk, costume designer Patricia Norris, and casting director Dianne Crittenden
    • Audio interview with actor Richard Gere
    • Video interviews with Bailey, Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and actor Sam Shepard
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Adrian Martin and a chapter from director of photography Nestor Almendro's autobiography


    Days of Heaven
    Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, the long-awaited follow-up to his 1973 debut Badlands, confirmed his reputation as a visual poet and narrative iconoclast with a story of love and murder told through the jaded voice of a child and expressive images of nature. In 1916, Chicago steelworker Bill (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) flees to Texas with his little sister Linda (Linda Manz) and girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) after fatally erupting at his boss. Along with other itinerant laborers, they work the harvest at a wealthy, ailing farmer's ranch, but the farmer (playwright Sam Shepard) falls in love with Abby, and, believing her to be Bill's sister, asks the three to stay on at his elysian spread. Seeing it as his one real chance to escape perpetual poverty, Bill urges Abby to marry the sick man. Marriage, however, has more restorative powers, and the farmer has more magnetism, than Bill had planned. "Nobody's perfect," Linda impassively observes in one of her many voiceovers, after their brief paradise is erased by plagues of locusts, fire, and lethal jealousy. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Richard Gere
      Richard Gere - Bill
    • Brooke Adams
      Brooke Adams - Abby
    • Sam Shepard
      Sam Shepard - The Farmer
    • Linda Manz
      Linda Manz - Linda
    • Robert J. Wilke
      Robert J. Wilke - Farm Foreman

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    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gorgeous film


      Just like everyone else says, this is an absolutely stunning film. The cinematography is outstanding in it's use of natural light (the film is largely shot during dawn and dusk). The story is absorbing as well and is told largely through voice over narration of one of the characters. It's definitely not a fast movie but if you're in the mood to be absorbed by it's beauty than it's well worth the time

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best film of all time?


      This Criterion Blu-Ray is essential for anyone serious about American filmmaking. Terence Malick at his best, creating what may be the masterpiece of cinema. Heartbreaking, beautiful and poetic evocation of turn-of-the-century United States heartland. Plus Sam Shepard rules.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is surely one of the most beautifully-filmed movies of all time, and the blu-ray is an excellent representation with some very good special features about the making of the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Wonderful and beautiful transfer of a fantastic film!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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