Badlandsannounced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
Restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Making “Badlands,”a 2012 documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and art director Jack Fisk
Interviews from 2012 with associate editor Billy Weber and executive producer Edward Pressman
“Charles Starkweather,” a 1993 episode of the television programAmerican Justice,about the real-life story on which the film was loosely based