'On the Waterfront' Blu-ray Announced and Detailed

Posted Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM PST by

Elia Kazan's 1954 Oscar-winning classic is getting the Criterion Blu-ray treatment in February!

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection is prepping 'On the Waterfront' for Blu-ray on February 19.

Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry, a raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and institutional corruption.

The 2-Disc Blu-ray will feature a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtracks; alternate presentations of the restoration in two additional aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen); Commentary featuring authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young; Conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Kent Jones; Elia Kazan: Outsider (1982), an hour-long documentary; New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others; New interview with actress Eva Marie Saint; Interview with director Elia Kazan from 2001; Contender, a 2001 documentary on the film's most famous scene; New interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film; New interview with author James T. Fisher (On the Irish Waterfront) about the real-life people and places behind the film; Visual essays on Leonard Bernstein's score and the aspect ratio; Trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Almereyda and reprints of Kazan's 1952 ad in the New York Times defending his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, one of the 1948 New York Sun articles by Malcolm Johnson on which the film was based, and a 1953 Commonweal piece by screenwriter Budd Schulberg.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $49.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'On the Waterfront' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under February 19.

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On the Waterfront (Blu-ray)
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