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Badlands (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1973)

Martin Sheen , Sissy Spacek , Terrence Malick  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Roman Bieri, Alan Vint
  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQ6J5JU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • "Charles Starkweather," a 1993 episode of Great Crimes and Trials
  • Making "Badlands," a new documentary featuring the actors
  • New interview with editor Billy Weber
  • New interview with producer Edward Pressman
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda

  • Editorial Reviews

    Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven). His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate 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 (Apocalypse Now) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie). The film also 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.

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    45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Before the Fall February 6, 2006
    Format:DVD
    Kit and Holly are presented in this story by Terrence Malick as total innocents, living in a prelapsarian state, completely unaware of right and wrong, good and evil, and ignorant of guilt or sin. They have minimal conception of the consequences of their actions; in effect, they appear almost totally to lack imagination or foresight, and can barely empathise with each other, let alone other people. Things just happen, as Holly sees it. Kit doesn't feel hostility to the people he kills: they are merely in his way. There is no remorse. He is only marginally conscious that the structured world outside his own will eventually catch up with him. These kids are like Adam and Eve, with a limited knowledge of what is forbidden, but no real knowledge of the meaning of life and death. Holly throws out her sick catfish, showing no feeling. Her dog is shot as a punishment by her father, indicating he, too, is careless of death or pain. Kit stands on a dead cow, as though puzzled by its absence of life. Neither of the two seems to cry or laugh much. In one way these characters might also be thought of as throwbacks to a prehistoric, animalistic past, where the younger man simply eliminates the older, in order to secure a mate for himself. Just the way of nature, and beyond criticism. Apparently, so I've read somewhere, this is the mindset of the criminal, who cannot see what he is doing wrong. He has to get by, somehow, and takes the easiest path. Why work, when you can steal? If obstacles arise, eliminate them. People are OK, otherwise. Live now, die later. This is an extraordinary film, superbly acted.
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    52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLEX TALE OF EVIL... February 19, 2003
    Format:VHS Tape
    This is an amazing directorial debut, as the film works on so many fronts. It is both a love story and a crime drama, with sneak peaks at what makes the two main protagonists tick. It remains for the audience to decide who is the more chilling and disturbed of the two characters, twenty five year old Kit (Martin Sheen) or fifteen year old Holly (Sissy Spacek).
    This is a film in which two unlikely characters become lovers. Kit, a James Dean-like loser espies the fresh-faced Holly twirling her baton one day and is smitten. He approaches her and, despite her initial reluctance, she begins to see him against her protective father's wishes. Kit is ten years older than Holly, a high school drop out from the wrong side of the tracks, who is unable to maintain a job and appears to have a limited future. He falls in love with Holly and wants her to be his exclusively. Eventually, they become lovers.
    Holly, a loner who has been raised by her father since her mother died many years ago, lives a middle class, materially comfortable existence. Her father, while he no doubt loves and cares for her, lacks a certain sensitivity. His idea of punishing Holly for disobeying him is to shoot her dog in cold blood. When her fish is dying, his solution is to toss it into the yard while it is still gasping for breath, replacing it with a new fish. Holly's naive, fresh-faced, freckled countenance belies a soul that has atrophied. It is as if Holly were disconnected from her feelings.
    When Kit tries to talk to the father about his feelings for Holly, he is told in no uncertain terms to hit the road. Kit then decides to leave and take Holly with him. Kit enters Holly's house one day, packing a suitcase of her things in anticipation of their departure, when Holly and her father unexpectedly arrive home.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable debut from Terrence Malick November 17, 1999
    Format:DVD
    This is one of the best criminal/lovers on the run films to date. As in all of director Malick's films, the music, acting, and photography are all first rate. Malick does not stylize or glorify the violence like too many other films of the same plotting. The violence makes its impact on the viewer without resorting to any exaggerations or excessiveness. What is most striking about the film are its many contrasts with the characters. For example, the characters' alienation is depicted in the shots of lonely desolate landscapes. Many of their spoken thoughts, points of view, and statements are absolutely senseless....just like their killings. Martin Sheen is very chilling as the remorseless and trigger-happy Kit. What also makes Badlands different is that the film does not blame society for the behavior of Kit and Holly (played wonderfully by Sissy Spacek). Powerful, chilling, extremely well done and highly recommended.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Wasteland! February 10, 2006
    Format:DVD
    There are buttered-up popcorn movies that entertain you, score a ticket to "Jurassic Park" and Spielberg for that, and there are films with gravitas, that move you, disturb you, drag you to the altar kicking and screaming, to consider circumstances you might not brave yourself.."Badlands," Terrence Malick's 1973 directorial debut, an overlooked jewel of a film, forcibly moves you, and takes an unsavory subject, the Charles Starkweather serial killings' crime spree, up in the vacated Badlands of South Dakota, and refines it til you posit, "How did we get here as a country? What went wrong?"..And then you appraise the challenges a film-maker overcomes to project the psychopathic wrath of two teenagers (Martin Sheen as Kit Carruthers, Sissy Spacek as Holly Sargis) on a thrill-killing "honeymoon", onto the silver screen and make it empathetic, palatable..Why would anyone care in the first place about two low-life, lost highway delinquents, who shoot a parent, assume they can get away consequence-free, and move on with their careless lives like nothing more infractious than cutting an afternoon civics class has occurred?..However, "Badlands" is rooted in unfortunate fact, these inexplicable events happened to a pedestrian populace in North America, and Malick lets you tag along in this teenage angst riddled odyssey, deeper and deadlier into an American wasteland..The film is palpable evil genuis, arguably a top ten American film classic, irrespective it was shot by a first time director, with an unknown cast.. Read more ›
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Elements of Malick
    This is Terrence Malick's first film, and it shows. We see a few examples of beautiful photography, but they are incidental rather than central as in his other films. Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Larry Benjamin
    5.0 out of 5 stars something a little different
    I saw this movie some time ago, Martin Sheen has always been a great actor,
    not many people would have seen him this young. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by christine kelly
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic at a great price!
    Great acting by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. This flick details the gruesome "murder trip" of a very young couple. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Bob Wolter
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    Its a good movie. It has nice cinematography! Natural lighting great. I love Sissy also as always. Martin did a good job too.
    Published 2 months ago by melissa Chaconas
    5.0 out of 5 stars One beautiful transfer!
    I've always loved this film particularly because of the scenery and beautiful rolling hills and landscape. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Andrew K Rawls
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love Sheen!
    Young Old school daddy Sheen is hardcore. It's a flick for anyone who's all about "Bonnie & Clyde" "Natural Born Killers" Americana Crime drama.
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for its day.
    My wife and I saw this movie in 1973 when we were first married. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek were both very young and new actors to the Hollywood scene. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by jfield1
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Legal Side of Filmmaking
    When I was in college, I asked and received a one-term sabbatical to apply for a software patent. Unfortunately for me, I didn't win that patent; I was about three-to-six months... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by California Dreaming
    3.0 out of 5 stars A statutory rape and numerous murders presented as a beautiful...
    It's a quite watchable crime film, inspired by real events - but honestly, I couldn't really find anything particularly remarkable in it. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Maciej
    5.0 out of 5 stars good
    this it a good movie to get and be able to watch whan ever you want to watch the people
    Published 5 months ago by Marguerite Poll
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