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Criterion Collection: Days of Heaven [Blu-ray] [1978] [US Import]

Richard Gere , Brooke Adams , Terrence Malick    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz, Robert J. Wilke
  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Writers: Terrence Malick
  • Producers: Bert Schneider, Harold Schneider, Jacob Brackman
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003152YXC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Originally shown on the big screen in glorious 70 mm, Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven is an aesthetically flawless eye-catching period piece that won its cinematographer, Néstor Almendros, an Oscar. Texture and colour are the unbilled characters in this tragic tale, and are just as important as the players. Richard Gere works in a Chicago steel mill at the turn of the 19th century, but must flee the city after accidentally killing a man. Heading for the wheat fields of Texas, he packs up his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) and his younger sister (Linda Manz). Instead of a better life, they head straight into tragedy when a wealthy farmer (Sam Shepard) falls for Adams. Believing him to be dying and expecting to inherit a fortune, she agrees to marry him. Their plans change when Shepard fails to die and Gere takes matters into his own hands. The story, sadly, fades somewhat when compared to the glory of the visuals. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy in twilight 5 April 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Filmed mostly in twilight, in the pink flush and phosphorescent blue of sunrise or sunset, Days of Heaven is one of the most visually beautiful films ever made. Its beauty contrasts with the harshness of life during the Depression years and with the almost documentary-like observations of the travelling community in America.
The story is a tragic Hardyesque one, with a love triangle, reminiscent of the story of Abraham and Sarah, when Abraham lies to Pharaoh about Sarah being his sister rather than his wife. Pharaoh complains to Abraham that he will bring evil to his house...and that's precisely what happens to landowner, Sam Shepard.
Ennio Morricone's score is drawn from Saint Saens' The Aquarium, adding to the beauty of the film but also the sense of inevitability.
Sam Shepard and Brooke Adams are excellent (thank goodness they are not the pretty people of tinseltown!) Richard Gere is at his best ever, not quite in the habit yet of detaching himself from the emotion of the story.
Not many people know this film when I tell them it's one of my all time favourites. I've waited for it since seeing it many years ago - at last I have it for myself!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked treasure 17 Jun 2003
It is very rare to see a film that makes you wish that you could walk through the screen and just allow everything to wash over you. Days of Heaven does that! It is a total visual delight, and married with Ennio Morricone's glorious score makes it a gem of a film. Watch it and you will find that wind blowing through wheat will take on a different perspective altogether.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this stunning classic film and openly weep! 29 July 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
In ‘Days of heaven’ we meet a anti-hero working in a foundry spending his life with a group of men, all of whom are aimlessly walking round and round in circles all day stoking a blast furnace – the furnace representing ‘Hell’ and the ‘circles’ signifying that he was trapped in a repetitive rut and could not see a way out of his dilemma.

We then see the anti-hero ‘miss’ a few ‘turns’ so as to ease his daily toil and get some respite from the constant shovelling of coal into a blast furnace to make someone else rich, and from this we learn that this person is an ‘opportunist’.

Seeing the anti-hero is in the wrong position in the ‘line’, and realising that the anti-hero has been ‘skiving’ off work by malingering, the Foreman comes over and orders the anti-hero back to work.

The anti-hero stands up to the foreman, a fight breaks out, we then see that the anti-hero is EXTREMELY aggressive and will not be ordered around – and he unintentionally KILLS the foreman and then runs away.

What we have just witnessed is ENSLAVEMENT.

Hearing that there might be work available harvesting corn on the wide open prairies of the American Pan Handle, the anti-hero ‘cons’ the person employing staff into giving the anti-hero a ‘sacking’ job – a labour intensive job bailing corn and packing it into sacks ready for distribution – a job the anti-hero has no idea how to do.

Arriving at the massive farm we see the extreme hard labour involved working each and every day from dawn till dusk bailing and bagging the corn for a pittance of a wage.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! 22 Jan 2007
Ostensibly a story involving a love triangle between a wealthy farmer and two impoverished migrant workers set in rural Texas in the early part of the Twentieth century.
As you would expect from Terence Mallick the film is so much more; the story is secondary to the wonder and beauty the director sees in the natural world. The characters and their story are only a part of a world driven by and kept moving by eternal conflict. Mallick's camera is equally interested in the wind blowing through wheat fields or locusts swarming at dusk.
I don't think it reaches the meditative highs of his next film- The Thin Red Line, but, the film is less ponderous and is a wonderful visual experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favourite film! 17 May 2008
I was fortunate enough to see Days of Heaven on the big screen in the early 80s. Its stunning combination of landscape, image, sound and music was sheer sensory overload. Many people find the film's simple story lacking, but the familiar love triangle neatly encapsulates classical themes of love, desire, jealousy, murder and revenge. Traditionally these are foundations for epic tragedy, but Malick portrays the human story as insignificant within the eternal spiral of the universe. His obsession is to capture the momentous roll of day into night, the flourish and decay of the seasons and the gentle whisper of the breeze. Even the flutter of a single blade of grass has its own grandeur. The muted characters struggle for transitory life against these timeless forces. When jealousy escalates to murder, Nature takes symbolic, biblical revenge.

Days of Heaven is dominated by its legendary cinematography and score - generally acknowledged to be some of the most beautiful imagery and music ever set to film. You can lie back and luxuriate in these elements time after time and really savour the atmosphere. I know there are greater masterpieces on my shelf, and it doesn't hold up so well on the smaller screen, but this is my favourite movie and I return to it time after time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film beautiful camera work.
Published 25 days ago by C. Whitley
5.0 out of 5 stars Malick's voice there.
Enjoyed film. You can see Terrence Malick's voice already peeking through that you see in his later films. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Roland Bufton
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning transfer of a fine film - but it is Region A locked.
A truly stunning blu ray transfer for this powerful and highly influential film. Both audio and video are of the highest quality and the cinematography is exactly what blu ray was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adrian Drew
4.0 out of 5 stars Still haven't had the chance towatch it yet but has a very good right...
Still haven't had the chance to watch it yet but has a very good right up which is why I chose it.
Published 1 month ago by davillia
5.0 out of 5 stars Second-best Malick film? (But better than many director's best film)
Terence Malick makes few films, but the ones he makes are often beautifully realised. This is one such. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Midnight_Voice
5.0 out of 5 stars Days of Heaven | Exquisite
'Days of Heaven' is as near to a perfect film as one may hope to see.

From the start, director Terrence Malick quite literally immerses the audience in a sense of place... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hadders
4.0 out of 5 stars "Days Of Heaven" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK BUYERS On...
Terrence Malick's "Days Of Heaven" (1978) featuring a very young Richard Gere and a sparkling new HD Video and Audio Print is unfortunately only available on an American Criterion... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars A cold piece of art
In many ways this is the prototype Terrence Malick film; visually sumptuous, enigmatic, emotionally cold and constantly juxtaposing mankind's transient endeavours against the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Ja McLaughlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Richard Gere playing Richard Gere
Interesting subject in the history of America but Gere spoilt it for me, wont be watching it again or recommending either.
Published 11 months ago by Helen Frankland
4.0 out of 5 stars So sad, so pitiful, so spiritless
That's a very sad film about young people in the USA of 1916-1918.

A couple, probably not married, pretending to be brother and sister escape hard work in Chicago and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jacques COULARDEAU
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