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On the waterfront

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Three-DVD special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, John Hamilton.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2013]

Physical Description

3 videodiscs (108 minutes) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (41 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and social corruption. This film follows Terry's deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly and Johnny's right-hand man, Terry's brother, Charley, as the authorities close in on them.


Based upon an original story by Budd Schulberg; suggested by articles by Malcolm Johnson.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration ; alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack ; 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 ; visual essay on the aspect ratio ; trailer ; alternate presentation of the restoration in the aspect ratio 1.85:1 (widescreen) ; new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others ; new interview with actor Eva Marie Saint ; interview with director Elia Kazan from 2001 ; new interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film ; alternate presentation of the restoration in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (full-screen) ; new interview with author James T. Fisher about the real-life people and places behind the film ; Contender: mastering the method, a 2001 documentary on the film's most famous scene ; visual essay on Leonard Bernstein's score.


  • Disc 1. 4k restoration (1.66:1 aspect ratio)
  • Disc 2. Alternate presentation of restoration in the aspect ratio of 1.85:1
  • Disc 3. Alternate presentation of restoration in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

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