You can read reviews of this " based on a true story " cracker of a film elsewhere, this is a review of the wonderful remastering that Criterion have done on Terrence Malick's first film. Restored in 4K with the colours rebalanced this is absolutely beautiful to watch especially the scenery in the second half of the film, depth and detail is incredible ( as is the acting). Audio is English LPCM 1.0 which is spot on considering this was released in 1973, English SDH subtitles are also available. Original trailer 3 mins. Making Badlands documentary 42 mins. Two interviews with producer and editor 35 mins. Charles Starkweather - a 1993 documentary about the real killing spree of Starkweather and Caril Anne Fugate, on whom the film is loosely based 21 mins. Last but not least, a 10 page illustrated booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda. Obviously it's a U.S. import so it's region A.I can't recommend this release highly enough. See also 'The Sadist ',' Natural born killers ' and 'Kalifornia'.
Malick's movies would get more visually ambitious as his career went on, with sometimes a lesser emphasis on story over stunning visuals. This one however manages to maintain a nice balance between beautiful frames and an interesting storyline. It relies on great chemistry and performances from both leads, Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, who both shine here with, arguably the best performance of their careers, at least on the movie side. Sheen manages to be compelling, interesting and charming while playing a clear psychopath, which is a testament to his charisma as an actor. This new Criterion collection has great image and sound, accompanied with great documentaries about the making of the movie, and the real life people the main characters are semi-based on. The only thing missing from this release is a 5.1 surround track, it only has a monaural one, and a commentary track on the movie, but sound and image are top notch, clearly some great care was put into restoring this great little movie. At 93 minutes it's a very quick experience, and when it's over it's sort of a shame that there is no more of both these interesting characters.