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Midnight Cowboy

Spine #925

May 29, 2018

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English PCM Mono
  • English DTS-HD 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles

Midnight Cowboy

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Original release

Directed By: John Schlesinger
Licensor: MGM Home Entertainment

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.

  • Audio commentary from 1991 featuring director John Schlesinger and producer Jerome Hellman
  • New selected-scene commentary by cinematographer Adam Holender
  • 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 2004 documentaries on the making and release of Midnight Cowboy
  • Interview with actor Jon Voight on The David Frost Show from 1970
  • Interview from 2000 with John Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles
  • Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA LA Tribute to John Schlesinger, featuring Jon Voight and actor Dustin Hoffman
  • Trailer
  • An essay by critic Mark Harris


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