With the idiosyncratic American fableHarold and Maude,countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins, Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age, and it features indelible performances and a remarkable soundtrack by Cat Stevens.
New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Optional remastered uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New audio commentary by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Charles B. Mulvehill
Illustrated audio excerpts from seminars by Ashby and writer-producer Colin Higgins
New interview with songwriter Yusuf/Cat Stevens
PLUS: An essay by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz; a 1971New York Timesprofile of star Ruth Gordon (Blu-ray only); and two excerpted interviews, one from 1997 with star Bud Cort and cinematographer John Alonzo and one from 2001 with executive producer Mildred Lewis (Blu-ray only)