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WIN the Criterion Collection Edition of On The Water Front on Blu-ray

MARLON BRANDO (The Godfather) 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. 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
* 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
* Trailer
* 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

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