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Midnight Cowboy [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features
8 page booklet revealing an insight into the making of the film
Original Theatrical Trailer
Subtitles: English/German/Spanish/Dutch/Finnish/Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Portuguese/French/Italian/Hard of Hearing - English
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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
Joe Buck (Jon Voight) is young, handsome and tired of his dead-end job washing dishes in a Texan diner, so he splashes out on some cowboy-style duds and heads to New York. There he intends to make a good living as a `Hustler', servicing the horizontal needs of bored, rich women.
Unfortunately, his youth and enthusiasm are matched by his naivety and he soon finds himself homeless and a frequent victim of all manner of low-life and weirdo. A mutual dependency develops between himself and one such character, Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a limping, greasy consumptive, who dreams of finding health and popularity in the fabled sun-drenched land of Florida.
Joe's own dreams are gradually eroded as he slides into male prostitution and he is haunted by memories of his insecure childhood, when he was abandoned into the care of his lascivious grandmother and of a recent terrifying ordeal which parted him from the girl he loved.
Joe is fundamentally a decent guy, but to survive he must do indecent things, including violence. The pitiful Rizzo is both his tormentor and helper, who unwittingly prevents Joe from attaining his dream at the very moment it is to be realised.
Similarly, Rizzo's own dream is taken from him at the moment of attainment, leaving Joe a frightened but wiser man.
This is a seminal movie from what was a newly-emerging style of American film-making, which had begun to cast off the sunny optimism of post-war cinema and tackle darker, grittier themes.
DVD picture quality is good but volume drops for about 20 mins at around the halfway point. Also the booklet referred to in the product description was not included.
Well worth a re-watch sometime!
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A classic, superb cinematography and editing. Informed performances by both leads...I probably revisit it every five years...Published 1 month ago by barneymusician
I saw this movie so long time ago and by that time it was a VHS tape and the image was so bad. Now that I have the dvd received from amazon, I was so happy that it is stereo and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hee Chul Kwon