Midnight Cowboy

Criterion

Midnight Cowboy

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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.

FILM INFO

  • John Schlesinger
  • United States
  • 1969
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #925

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Adam Holender, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 Showfrom 1970
  • Voight’s original screen test
  • Interview from 2000 with Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles
  • Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA Los Angeles tribute to Schlesinger
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris 

    New cover by Jay Shaw