Badlands (Criterion Collection)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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If you have not seen this film, you are lacking a critical film from the 20th century. The talent on this film is extraordinary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by carol irvin
Great movie. I saw it many years ago and wanted to watch it again and own it. Can't believe Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek were ever that young. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sue owens
BADLANDS is an amazingly beautiful film about a seriously dark subject based on a real story. It's not a film for everyone's tastes, but it's a classic example of exceptional... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jack E. Levic
One of my all-time favorites, it is beautiful on blu-ray. I'm pretty sure it is impossible to dislike Martin Sheen in this. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jake Smith
Very pleased....loved the movie...Sissy Spacek is one of my favorites actors.. She & Martin Sheen....wonderful & such a good deal.Published 12 months ago by Star Struck
Wonderfully complex and hilariously disturbing. This is a movie that makes you take a hard look at how we treat violence (in films and in society) and how a lot can be forgiven if... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer