- BLU-RAY DRAMA (CEN)
Blu-ray special edition.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver, Ruth White, Sylvia Miles, Barnard Hughes, Jennifer Salt, Bob Balaban.
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 
1 videodisc (113 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 17 cm.)
MPAA rating: R.
"One of the British New Wave's most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late 1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its 'homosexual frame of reference,' Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema"--Container.
Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1969.
Special features: New 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Adam Holender, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack ; audio commentary from 1991 featuring director John Schlesinger and producer Jerome Hellman ; new video essay with commentary by Holender ; new photo gallery with commentary by photographer Michael Childers ; The crowd around the cowboy, a 1969 short film made on location for Midnight cowboy ; Waldo Salt: a screenwriter's journey, an Academy-Award nominated documentary from 1990 by Eugene Corr and Robert Hillmann ; two short documentaries from 2004 on the making and release of Midnight cowboy ; interview with actor Jon Voight on The David Frost show from1970 ; Voight's original screen test ; interview from 2000 with Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles tribute to Schlesinger ; trailer.