Criterion announce The Tin Drum for Blu-ray release in January

Steve Withers

Distinguished Member
Oscar-winning German classic makes its high def debut

Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. The Tin Drum, which earned the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, is a visionary adaptation from Volker Schlöndorff of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.

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Despite its critical acclaim, The Tin Drum fell foul of the British censors on its initial release in 1979, due in part to the film’s young star being present in some of the racier scenes. So this release represents a chance to see the full version of The Tin Drum in a newly restored high-definition transfer. The Blu-ray and DVD are released in the US on the 15th of January 2013.

Director approved special edition:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete version, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff
  • Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlöndorff and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with Schlöndorff about the making of The Tin Drum and the creation of the 2010 restored, complete version
  • New interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan
  • German audio recording from 1987 of author Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel The Tin Drum with musical accompaniment, illustrated with the corresponding scene from the film
  • Television interview excerpts featuring Schlöndorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière reflecting on their experiences making the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel
 

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