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Midnight Cowboy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Dustin Hoffman , Jon Voight , John Schlesinger    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Writers: James Leo Herlihy, Waldo Salt
  • Producers: Jerome Hellman, Kenneth Utt
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CRQX3E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The first, and only, X-rated film to win a best picture Academy Award, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy seems a lot less daring today (and has been reclassified as an R), but remains a fascinating time capsule of late-1960s sexual decadence in mainstream American cinema. In a career-making performance, Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, a naive Texas dishwasher who goes to the big city (New York) to make his fortune as a sexual hustler. Although enthusiastic about selling himself to rich ladies for stud services, he quickly finds it hard to make a living and eventually crashes in a seedy dump with a crippled petty thief named Ratzo Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman, doing one of his more effective "stupid acting tricks," with a limp and a high-pitch rasp of a voice). Schlesinger's quick-cut, semi-psychedelic style has dated severely, as has his ruthlessly cynical approach to almost everybody but the lead characters. But at its heart the movie is a sad tale of friendship between a couple of losers lost in the big city, and with an ending no studio would approve today. It's a bit like an urban Of Mice and Men, but where both guys are Lenny. --Jim Emerson

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fusion of great directing and acting 19 Nov 2002
By A Customer
This film is proof of what a great cast and director can do when inspired by a great script. Jon Voight (in his first major feature) is superb as Joe Buck, the naive twentysomething who comes to New York to seek his fortune by becoming a gigolo to the wealthy women of NYC. Invariably the dream goes sour, especially after he is ripped off by con man Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman) who eventually see's Joe as a lost soul just like him and a friendship forms. Voight is terrific and it is a shame that he now plays a Hollywood 'Rent a Villain' when he is capable of a performance like this. Hoffman too is fantastic and brilliantly grubby as the underclass who is suffering from TB. As a snapshot of the 60s Scheslinger portrays a New York that is both wealthy yet contains abject poverty. His location shooting of the city is atmospheric in a way that only Scorsese has since been able to capture (in Taxi Driver). Overall a film that is both poignant, political (remember the civil unrest in the country at the time) and a study of humanity in the face of abject misery and suffering. A classic film that uses its musical soundtrack brilliantly to get just the right feel to each scene. Incidentally, considering that the two stars and the director are still alive (as is Brenda Vaccaro in a small but important role as one of Joe's 'clients'), why don't MGM go to town and put together a definitive version of this DVD with commetaries etc? It would be well worth it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING... GIVE IT RESPECT!! 25 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Absolute class. From the crisp acting to the passionate directing John Schlesinger's moving adaptation of James Herlihy's bestseller is a movie that stuns and amuses to great extent. Dustin Hoffman is brilliant as a small time con man with big dreams of the Florida high life, and Jon Voight proves his acting talent as a Texan with dreams of his own, and as they wind their friendship through 'get rich quick' schemes and the sleazy side of the big apple, this film has emerged as a cult classic, with a top notch soundtrack, an unforgettable ending. And the all round pure heart that should be embodied into every film. It is an overlooked masterpiece and one of the best productions of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real masterpiece 2 Aug 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Midnight cowboy is a film that runs through a good range of emotions,its a film that is ultimately tragic,a film with good laughs,poignant,reflective,thrilling and is a coming of age drama as well.Its a film that was released in 1969,won an oscar and both dustin hoffman and jon voight were nominated for best oscar awards.

Jon Voight plays joe buck who has dreams of moving to new york and makinghis fortune but he is a naive country fellow,and he meets hoffman who plays ricco who represents the slime of society that lie in the underbelly of new york.

Eventually through a series of events these two become friends and undertake a series of plots to make themselves money but find out that nothing is easy regardless of whether you have nothing to lose.

The film is iconic and has a good soundtrack and this film is both spoofed and tributed in film in the years that followed.Its a film that gets better with repeated watches so if you want a film that stirs the emotions then this is one of the all time greats.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Blu-ray Quality- Keep your DVD! 10 May 2011
By Robert
I stupidly sold my nice Steelbook 2 disc DVD recently before this Blu-ray was released. I expected a breathtaking transfer that would be an improvement on the DVD but it isn't- there's no difference! Fox have wasted time and money doing this. Also unlike on most Blu-rays when I chose the special features I could only select them while the film was playing! When I inserted the disc the film started playing and there is no still menu so a total disaster of a release!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy, indeed! 28 Nov 2011
One of my favourite films. Waited so long for this Bluray release. As the others have said, don't waste your time and money. The picture quality is the same as the regular DVD. Film studios should not be allowed to get away with this sort of deception.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd watched this years ago 1 Feb 2008
By Tonkfan
Not only did I see this film for the first time just a couple of weeks ago, but I was fortunate enough to know hardly anything about it, other than the two lead actors and the fact that it always seem to appear on any 'films to see before you die' lists.

Shame on me - this is a fantastic film, unsettling, deeply sad, with two amazing central performances from Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

I'm not sure whether I could ever watch it again, as it was emotionally draining, and that's the only reason why I haven't given it 5 stars.

However, this is one of the most moving and powerful films I have ever seen and two weeks on, I feel compelled to put electronic pen to paper.

It genuinely is a film to see before you die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars - what more can be said 1 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As with the majority of reviews on here, Midnight Cowboy is worthy of five stars. Seeing this for the first time, years after it's initial release, I can only agree that every scene in this film is a gem. The accompanying music fits in very well with each scene. The direction and acting are first class.
Well worth a re-watch sometime!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film, terrible transfer! 6 April 2013
It's a shame that there is no law that forces film companies to try their hardest to ensure the film being offered is the best version possible. If you are going to try and get the public to buy yet another version, please don't use any old copy lying in the vault.
This is not good, unlike the film which deserves everything being thrown at it (a decent HD transfer with some restoration work please!!).

Awesome film, but buy it on DVD until they bother to do something about it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
two excellent actors they don't come any better a very interesting story sad ending.
Published 15 hours ago by john malcomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
DVD arrived as promised in new condition so all positive
Published 25 days ago by Mrs Fran Tulett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by barry sallnow
5.0 out of 5 stars story telling at its best. It's a very funny
This is a classic film and well worth watching, story telling at its best.
It's a very funny, touching but unsentimental portrayal of two men in very difficult circumstances... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome film. totally awesome
awesome film. totally awesome. I suddenly remembered dustin Hoffman was a great actor. Voigt and Hoffman are the ultimate odd couple.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew L. Charles
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great perfomances by Hoffman and Voight
Published 2 months ago by Mark C Enders
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good film
Published 2 months ago by IAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Evergreen and 'must see'
The midnight cowboy, over 40 years old, is the eternal truth of over-expectation that drives urbanisation. On the country side, everyone knows his place and has a place. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JP Blankert
5.0 out of 5 stars classic of all time
this ground breaking film, adapted from the book by leo herlihy, is one of the great classics of all time - many great moments from the famous 'i'm walking here! Read more
Published 3 months ago by martinwright
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film but not remastered...
Great film but not remastered...
This is a fanatastic film but it has not been in any way remastered, it's just a straight transfer from an OK print. Quite grainy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy Warhol's Favorite Wig
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