Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

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Director: John Schlesinger

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles

     
 

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John Schlesinger's 1969 Best Picture winner Midnight Cowboy comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen image preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 presentation. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded inSee more details below

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Overview

John Schlesinger's 1969 Best Picture winner Midnight Cowboy comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen image preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 presentation. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include theatrical trailers. This disc has good picture quality and very good sound quality, but considering its status as an Oscar winner, one would be right to wish for more background information.

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After earning notoriety as one of the first major studio films to be given an X rating (it was later re-rated R), Midnight Cowboy made history as the first X-rated film to win an Oscar for Best Picture. A brutal depiction of broken dreams and lives asunder in the fetid backwash of the swinging Sixties, Cowboy shocked audiences with its squalid subject matter and signaled a trend towards films that explored lurid and personal material. Whereas the mere suggestion of a blow job in Cowboy was scandalous in 1969, the film helped pave the way for later mainstream films in which a blow job might have as much shock value as the weather forecast. For that reason, Cowboy loses a substantial part of its impact when viewed all these years after its original release. That said, as a buddy film and as an ode to the impossibility of liberation from reality, the film retains a certain timelessness. Jon Voight's handsome but stupid Joe Buck and Dustin Hoffman's desperate, verminous Ratso Rizzo remain iconic figures, symbolic of the resigned, bitter ending of a decade built on the tenets of liberation, progressive change, and the promise of collective struggle. The fate of Buck and Rizzo suggests that such liberation is illusory, and that human relations, no matter how tender they ultimately may be, are part of a quiet, desperate bid for acceptance and belonging.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
UPC:
0027616603890
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
12,391

Special Features

Full-length feature in both Pan & Scan and 1.85:1 letterbox formats; English and French tracks; English, French, and Spanish subtitles; English, French, and Spanish captioning; Chapter search; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo
Jon Voight Joe Buck
Sylvia Miles Cass
John McGiver O'Daniel
Brenda Vaccaro Shirley
Barnard Hughes Towny
Ruth White Sally Buck
Jennifer Salt Annie
Gil Rankin Woodsy Niles
T. Tom Marlow Little Joe
George Epperson Ralph
Al Scott Cafeteria Manager
Linda Davis Mother on Bus
J.T. Masters Old Cowhand
Arlene Reeder Old Lady
Georgann Johnson Rich Lady
Anthony Holland TV Bishop
Bob Balaban The Young Student
Jan Tice Freaked-Out Lady
Paul Benjamin Bartender
Peter Scalia Grocer
Arthur Anderson Hotel Clerk
Tina Scala Laundromat Lady
Alma Felix Laundromat Ladies
Richard Clarke Escort Service Man
Ann Thomas The Frantic Lady
Al Stetson Bus Driver
Viva Gretel McAlbertson
Gastone Rossilli Hansel McAlbertson
Paul Jabara At the Party
International Velvet Actor
Cecelia Lipson Actor
Taylor Mead At the Party
Paul Morrissey At the Party
Jonathan Kramer Jackie
Gary Owens Young Joe
M. Emmet Walsh Actor
Paul Jasmin Party Guest
Ultra Violet At the Party
Joan Murphy Waitress

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
John Barry Score Composer
Irving Buchman Makeup
Dick Smith Special Effects
Jerome Hellman Producer
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Richard C. Kratina Camera Operator
John Robert Lloyd Production Designer
Vic Ramos Casting
Hugh A. Robertson Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Philip Smith Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth Utt Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side A: Letterbox
0. Side A: Letterbox
0. Chapter List
1. Joe Buck [1:31]
2. Opening Credits [8:11]
3. Places to Go, People to Meet [:56]
4. On a Bus Bound for New York [4:38]
5. Cowboy in the Big Apple [2:58]
6. Cass [6:18]
7. Ratso Rizzo [2:53]
8. "I'm walkin' here!" [3:15]
9. O'Daniel [3:25]
10. All the Lonely People [3:27]
11. City Without Pity [3:09]
12. Life is Strange [3:52]
13. A Familiar Face [5:05]
14. Sweet Dreams? [4:59]
15. Food for the taking [4:23]
16. Metropolitan Scamming [3:33]
17. Gigolo Joe [4:32]
18. The Ice Age Cometh [4:21]
19. They Bleed You Dry [3:47]
20. Urban Invitations [2:39]
21. Party Favors [4:42]
22. High Society [3:21]
23. "She's hooked!" [2:27]
24. Back at Shirley's Place [4:45]
25. The Referral [1:18]
26. Bag of Goodies [3:34]
27. Towny [4:06]
28. 31 Hours Till Paradise [2:15]
29. Miami or Bust [4:45]
30. Ticket to ride. [2:16]
31. End Credits [1:29]
Side B: PAN & SCAN
1. Joe Buck [1:31]
2. Opening Credits [8:11]
3. Places to Go, People to Meet [:56]
4. On a Bus Bound for New York [4:38]
5. Cowboy in the Big Apple [2:58]
6. Cass [6:18]
7. Ratso Rizzo [2:53]
8. I'm walkin' here!"|00:03:15|}|}|
9. O'Daniel [3:25]
10. All the Lonely People [3:27]
11. City Without Pity [3:09]
12. Life is Strange [3:52]
13. A Familiar Face [5:05]
14. Sweet Dreams? [4:59]
15. Food for the Taking [4:23]
16. Metropolitan Scamming [3:33]
17. Gigolo Joe [4:32]
18. The Ice Age Commeth [4:21]
19. They Bleed You Dry [3:47]
20. Urban Invitation [2:39]
21. Party Favors [4:42]
22. High Society [3:21]
23. "She's hooked!" [2:27]
24. Back at Shirley's Place [4:45]
25. The Referral [1:18]
26. Bag of Goodies [3:34]
27. Towny [4:06]
28. 31 Hours Till Paradise [2:15]
29. Miami or Bust [4:45]
30. Ticket to Ride [2:16]
31. End Credits [1:29]

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