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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant debut Terrence Malick's "Badlands" first film is a fair cry from what most people would consider a first film--it's an assured debut with strong performances from Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen in the lead roles. Based on the roadtrip and killing spree of Charles Starkweather and his 14 year old girlfriend that occurred in 1958.

Malick's film arrives in a stunning 4K blu-ray transfer that has amazing depth and detail. The colors look gorgeous throughout and the widescreen images (true to the original aspect ratio of the film)are often breaktaking.

This isn't an action film nor a typical thriller.

The audio is presented in a lossless mono soundtrack. The only way they could have improved this would have been to create a 5.1 mix from the original elements (which, no doubt, no longer exist).

We get a New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.

The special features included with this set are quite good."Charles Starkweather," a 1993 episode of Great Crimes and Trials which gives us background on the people that inspired Malick's film. We also get a new documentary on the making of the film with new interviews featuring Spacek and Sheen discussing the making of the film. We also get new interviews with film editor Billy Weber and producer Edward R. Pressman. As with all Criterion releases we get a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda.

The only person missing is Malick who keeps a pretty low profile now. It's a pity that we don't an audio commentary but the documentary does make up for that.

This edition of "Badlands" features a transfer that is the best the film has ever appeared on home videowith some nice extras for the film. I would avoid the Warner DVD and go for the Criterion if you don't have a Blu-ray player. The earlier Warner edition had a full screen transfer of the film (as I recall) while the Criterion looks very similiar to the Blu-ray (perhaps using the same source transfer).

Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
A masterwork is a hard thing to come by, and once you find one, it becomes impossible to let it go. Make no mistake about it, Badlands is a masterpiece of the highest order. It is a film I might never recover from, like all of Terrence Malick's films, Badlands aims to get personal with its audience. Badlands has officially entered my top ten favorite films ever made. Chilling, haunting, sublime, and enigmatic, Badlands is a blessing.

It is a film about a savage murder spree and the lovers who went through with it. Kit and Holly, played incredibly well by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, are the lovers on the run, killing anyone they see fit, all the while remaining charismatic, likable, and most of all, relatable. Just imagine if the films of Quentin Tarantino actually had soul. My interest in the films of Quentin Tarantino dwindles more and more as the years go by. I've come to the conclusion that the man is not only a hack but a thief, and his crimes against Badlands did not go unnoticed nor can they ever by forgiven or forgotten.

If I could pick one word to describe the films of Terrence Malick, it would have to be 'poetry'. Badlands is one of the cinema's boldest and most chilling poems. I could go on forever about how I analyzed the film but these 'films of the day' are meant to be brief, so I'll spare myself the time and energy I'd spend on writing something that will never actually be read. Just know that the film is brilliant, in every single aspect, one the my favorite films of all time, and the best directorial debut ever. Beautiful and intimate, Badlands is a true treasure.

Bare with me while I praise Martin Sheen. He was just incredible in the film. Badlands' Kit is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite screen characters. Sheen was extraordinary, and has definitely proven that he was one of the best actors of the seventies, and that's a pretty big accomplishment once you consider his contemporaries. I absolutely loved his performance. Great talent.

The film is otherworldly, maybe even mystical. A visual poem full of lyrical beauty. I believe that Badlands best represents American cinema of the seventies. There is an intimacy that no other film, aside from maybe Malick's other ventures, has been able to match. An amazing film that I recommend to everyone I know. A top ten mainstay for me, and a film that like none other. An addictive film, I can watch Badlands over and over again, and I do.

Kudos To Criterion For An EXCELLENT BLU RAY!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is one interesting drama from the early '70s. And it is a facinating film, especially in this full blown restoration Criterion has done to this little gem. Have had this on LD, VHS, DVD and they all looked bad. This blu ray is like seeing the movie with a new set of eyes! Cannot get over the beautiful cinematography captured on this blu ray. The picture looks grander being in its original 1.85 aspect ratio and the lush colors and detail...breathtaking! Not only is the video prestine, the disc includes a great documentary on the making of this classic with the two leads being interviewed. I can listen to Sissy Spacek talk about movie making all day, very facinating how she really gets in on this interview. Just wished the director was more involved (not even a running commentary). At least he approved this transfer (according to the cover). But all in all, this is a must have in any film collector's collection. This is Malick at his best! Once again Criterion has proved to us why they are THE trusted studio when it comes to blu ray restorations!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2008
In the direction we see a burgeoning auteur. I don't think this film quite holds up today but nonetheless a Bluray viewing is mandatory.

I do think it would be average with critics if it came out today because the acting is only okay, the editing is average, and many of the film's best scenes are too subdued for their own good, too low budget for me to really take them in. Malick today would really make this film sing imo.

By this I mean the picture is dated. Many pictures from the 70s are not dated to this point. This one sadly doesn't make that list in my opinion. We have done killer films better before and since. I will admit that Malick was young and I respect what he did at this point in time and even what he tried to do. That doesn't have anything to do with valid criticism though.

And beyond that, these characters are not very well written or believable in any realistic context, and even Malick is nowhere near his best, which, should be obvious for any young filmmaker at this point in time of a career. His cuts and transitions leave a lot to be desired if you are coming from his later films.

The direction and cinematography here, while sufficient and very well done in places, simply cannot mask the mediocre writing and the way the actors approach the script. It does have some beautiful scenes no doubt and Malick does his best with the material as a director, but something here isn't doing it for me.

I bet if he revisited this material today we would see a true masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1958 was a more innocent time in America than today, thus when Charles Starkweather and his teenage girl friend, Carol Ann Fugate, went on a cross-country killing spree, the nation was shocked.

In 1974, writer, producer director Terrence Malick loosely fictionalized the couple's sensational story in BADLANDS, coming up with a hypnotic, visually stunning film that starred Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as the fugitive lovers.

Spacek lives with her widowed father (Warren Oates) in a small South Dakota town when she first meets Sheen, a local garbage collector. Dad, who objects to the relationship, becomes Sheen's first victim, after which the couple takes off, taking up residence in a forest tree house until they are forced to kill again. What really makes this story so disturbing is that it's true.

This edition from The Criterion Collection features a new 4K digital transfer, approved by Malick, a "Making of" documentary featuring interviews with Sheen, Spacek and art director Jack Fisk, interviews with associate editor Billy Weber and producer Edward Pressman and a 1993 episode of AMERICAN JUSTICE that tells the true story of Charles Starkweather.

There is also an accompanying booklet with an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda.

© Michael B. Druxman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A movie made back 1973 with great young stars, and the movie viewed today is still shocking. I know weird, strange people walk among us but this movie makes it real - it's not like reading the paper about a serial killer, or a couple of youngsters gone bad. I suppose us older types have never forgotten the murders by Starkweather and Fugate - it was unbelievable then, and it still is - but it's raw life. This movie is graphic and would be tough to view for some people - be prepared for unwound violence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
it's seldom stated, but the event that inspired the film was a beginning of the generational shift that buried the quiet, old, safe smugness of the post-WWII '50s. malik-spacek-sheen got it right. i'm looking back 55 years now, and my jaw is still agape. i generally don't purchase film in any format, but this one is not in wide circulation these days. product quality is A+, as is the sales service, as usual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2013
Viewing this movie today, you can see everything that makes Terence Malick's vision so vital and distinctive. The movie is beautiful, if that is an appropriate word for something that is also unsettling. As usual, Criterion delivers with a great transfer and generous extra material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
I saw Badlands when it first hit the theaters back in the 70's...and immediately went back to see it again. I believe it's director Terrance Malik's first major movie, and his best. My feeling is that it is one of the best ever made by any director. I won't write a summary of the true-life based storyline. That is available elsewhere. Let me just say that I love movies where everything "works": The story, the script, the direction, the acting, cinematography, the serendipidous background soundtrack (music the classical composer Carl Orff wrote for children); and the magnificent acting by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, including her voice-overs throughout. If I had a "Top Ten" list, Badlands would be on it. I'm surprised it took so long to produce it on Blu-Ray. It's one of the most expensive single DVD's I've ever purchased...don't know why it's priced that high. But, I'm glad I waited for it. It's worth it. Check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
"Badlands" is a beautifully shot film, directed and written by America's great filmmaker, Terrence Malick. It's the story of a troubled young man, played by Martin Sheen, who falls in love with a young girl, played by Sissy Spacek. When her father disapproves of their courtship, Sheen's character murders him and the two go on a murder spree through the MidWest.

The film fumbles a bit in its third act, portraying Sheen as some sort of folk hero, but other than that, it's a gem of a movie. Great cinematography, and the suspense and tension is tight throughout.
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