Marlon Brando’s On The Waterfront, the Bette Davis classic Now, Voyager and Chris Marker’s La Jetée and Sans Soleil are getting Blu-ray releases in December courtesy of The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
On The Waterfront – 2nd December
Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned long shoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry, a raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and institutional corruption.
On the Waterfront charts Terry’s deepening moral crisis as he must choose whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (12 Angry Men’s Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-hand man, Terry’s brother, Charley (In the Heat of the Night’s Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them.
Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan (Gentlemen’s Agreement) and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg (A Face in the Crowd), On the Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (North by Northwest’s Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Alternate presentations of the feature restoration in two additional aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen)
- Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS -HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
- Commentary featuring authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young
- New 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 essay on Leonard Bernstein’s score
- PLUS : 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
Now, Voyager – 9th December
Nervous spinster Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is stunted from growing up under the heel of her puritanical Boston Brahmin mother (My Fair Lady’s Gladys Cooper), and remains convinced of her own unworthiness until a kindly psychiatrist (Notorious’s Claude Rains) gives her the confidence to venture out into the world on a South American cruise.
Onboard, she finds her footing with the help of an unhappily married man (Casablanca’s Paul Henreid). Their thwarted love affair may help Charlotte break free of her mother’s grip—but will she find fulfilment as well as independence?
Made at the height of Davis’s reign as the queen of the women’s picture and bolstered by an Oscar-winning score by Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind), Now, Voyager is a melodrama for the ages, both a rapturous Hollywood romance and a poignant saga of self-discovery.
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Episode of The Dick Cavett Show from 1971 with actor Bette Davis
- Interview with Paul Henreid from 1980
- Selected-scene commentary on the film’s score by professor Jeff Smith
- New interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme on the making of the film
- New interview with costume historian Larry McQueen
- Two radio adaptations from 1943 and 1946
- PLUS: An essay by scholar Patricia White and a 1937 reflection on acting by Davis
La Jetée and Sans Soleil – 16th December
One of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made and a mind-bending free-form travelogue: La Jetée and Sans Soleil couldn’t seem more different—but they’re the twin pillars of an unparalleled and uncompromising career in cinema.
A filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, Chris Marker (A Grin Without a Cat) has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his investigations of time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet.
These two films—a tale of time travel told in still images and a journey to Africa and Japan — remain his best-loved and most widely seen.
- Restored high-definition digital transfers, approved by director Chris Marker, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
- Two interviews with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin
- Chris on Chris, a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke
- Two excerpts from the French television series Court-circuit (le magazine): a look at David Bowie’s music video for the song “Jump They Say,” inspired by La Jetée, and an analysis of Hitchcock’s Vertigo and its influence on Marker
- Junkopia, a six-minute film by Marker about the Emeryville Mudflats
- A booklet featuring an essay by Marker scholar Catherine Lupton, an interview with Marker, notes on the films and filmmaking by Marker, and more