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The Tin Drum [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1979]

Release Date:01/15/2013

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    50% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete version, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff
    • Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlöndorff and presented in DTS-HD master audio
    • New interview with Schlöndorff about the making of the film and the creation of the complete version
    • New interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan
    • German audio recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel
    • The Tin Drum, illustrated with the corresponding scene from the film
    • Television interview excerpts featuring Schlöndorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière
    • Trailer
    • New english subtitle translation
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey Macnab and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel


    The Tin Drum
    In Volker Schlöndorff's award-winning adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass' allegorical novel, David Bennent plays Oskar, the young son of a German rural family, circa 1925. On his third birthday, Oskar receives a shiny new tin drum. At this point, rather than mature into one of the miserable specimens of grown-up humanity that he sees around him, he vows never to get any older or any bigger. Whenever the world around him becomes too much to bear, the boy begins to hammer on his drum; should anyone try to take the toy away from him, he emits an ear-piercing scream that literally shatters glass. As Germany goes to hell during the 1930s and '40s, the never-aging Oskar continues savagely beating his drum, serving as the angry conscience of a world gone mad. The intense and visceral Tin Drum was one of the most financially successful German films of the 1970s and won the 1979 Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the 1979 Golden Palm (which it shared with Apocalypse Now). In the late '90s, the film became the center of a censorship controversy when some U.S. videotapes were confiscated because of the film's supposed violation of a child pornography statute. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Mario Adorf
      Mario Adorf - Alfred Matzerath
    • Angela Winkler
      Angela Winkler - Agnes Matzerath
    • David Bennent
      David Bennent - Oskar Matzerath
    • Daniel Olbrychski
      Daniel Olbrychski - Jan Bronski
    • Katharina Thalbach
      Katharina Thalbach - Maria Matzerath

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