A piece of cinema that caught an abundance of talents very much on form, Midnight Cowboy
is many things. It’s controversial. It’s provocative. And it’s utterly compelling drama, whose shock impact has perhaps been diluted over time, but whose quality absolutely hasn’t.
Midnight Cowboy stars Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, with the former playing the sleazy con man befriended by a country-dweller heading to New York for the first time. Said country-dweller is played by Jon Voight, and he and Hoffman are utterly magnetic on screen. The performances are quite brilliant, and rightly regarded as amongst the very best of their respective careers.
Furthermore, the contribution of the late John Schlesinger can’t be underplayed. Schlesinger directed some fine films across his career, but none as good as this one. His approach is very much of its time, yet it continues to serve the film exquisitely, capturing the city of New York in a quite definitive way.
That, naturally, is enhanced by the upgrade to 1080p, which presents the majesty of Midnight Cowboy in arguably the best way possible, at least in the home. It’s a welcome, crisp transfer, and a wonderful way to enjoy and appreciate a genuine cinematic masterpiece. --Jon Foster
Winner of the 1969 Academy Award® for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, this groundbreaking masterpiece also earned Best Actor Oscar® nominations for the brilliant, searing performances of Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman as two small-time hustlers whose powerful friendship transcends the gritty realities of big-city life and their own unfulfilled dreams.
Daring...shocking...provocative. Midnight Cowboy
is the only X-rated movie to ever win an Oscar, although the film was later re-rated as “18.” Special Features:
• Audio Commentary by producer Jerome Hellman
• After Midnight: Reflecting on the Classic 35 Years Later
• Controversy and Acclaim
• Celebrating Schlesinger