Malick’s Pacific theatre makes its way to Criterion

Posted by · 11:12 am · June 17th, 2010

I haven’t picked up a copy of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” on DVD because I’m so OCD.  As in, I can’t stand the “Fox war classics” thing at the top of the case.  It’s the same reason I have a love/hate relationship with my “John Wayne classics” version of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” I know, weird, but I also thought Malick’s film, one of the very best ever made, needed a big to-do from Criterion or SOMEONE willing to dig in.

It looks like I’m finally getting my wish, as Criterion will be releasing the DVD and — ZOMG! — Blu-ray this September.  This follows the recent Criterion release of “Days of Heaven” from the director.  And it’s just in time for all the forthcoming “Tree of Life” buzz.

Count me stoked.  REALLY stoked.  I’m not sure what the specifics of the release are, actually, but I long for the day someone digs up all the footage and gives us that six-hour cut.  Is all of that lost to the winds?  I’m out of the loop.

Anyway, the sell-sheet cover art hit today, which typically eschews any poster art in favor of something more singular.  Check it out after the jump, but keep an eye on the official page for the film at Criterion for updates and, eventually, the “official” cover art for the release.

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  • 1 6-17-2010 at 11:21 am

    Mr. F said...

    That’s not the cover art. Criterions don’t have a Blu-Ray banner, and it’s not even up in their website yet.

  • 2 6-17-2010 at 11:23 am

    Mr. F said...

    Well, it might be but without the banner. I’d rather wait until I see it on their site.

  • 3 6-17-2010 at 11:30 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    That was the art released today. But, FYI, the Benjamin Button Blu-ray has a Blu-ray banner. A few of them do, actually.

  • 4 6-17-2010 at 11:33 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

  • 5 6-17-2010 at 11:39 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Seriously can’t wait for this blu ray and hope they have some interesting special features about the cut footage.

  • 6 6-17-2010 at 11:47 am

    Speaking English said...

    Can’t say I’m a fan of the cover art. It’s not bad by itself, but it doesn’t really capture the film for me.

  • 7 6-17-2010 at 11:50 am

    Speaking English said...

    Oh yeah, and where’s the “C” logo?

  • 8 6-17-2010 at 11:51 am

    Jeff said...


    The Criterion Cast is not affiliated in any way with The Criterion Collection. What they have posted is artwork included in the DVD/Blu-ray “sell-sheet” that Criterion sends to retailers. Sometimes the artwork on these sell-sheets turns out to be the final coverart, but sometimes it does not. In any event, this particular artwork definitely has not been confirmed by Criterion as the final coverart for The Thin Red Line.

    Keep your eye on Criterion’s official release page for this title ( for confirmation of the official coverart. You will also find details on the disc contents (extras, etc.) there as well.

  • 9 6-17-2010 at 12:50 pm

    James D. said...

    I would not have pegged you for a Malick man, Tapley

  • 10 6-17-2010 at 12:57 pm

    Gustavo H. Razera said...

    That’s a fan art, Kris…

  • 11 6-17-2010 at 1:16 pm

    Gustavo H. Razera said...

    Apparently, the cover is official indeed. My bad.

  • 12 6-17-2010 at 1:22 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks, Jeff. I’ll add a note to that effect.

  • 13 6-17-2010 at 1:24 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Criterion website says the The Thin Red Line blu-ray will feature audition footage…I doubt that means footage of Rourke or Billy-Bob. But who knows.

  • 14 6-17-2010 at 3:01 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    The most inelegant cover art from Criterion.

  • 15 6-17-2010 at 3:34 pm

    MovieMan said...

    Marvelous film, but I can’t say I’m a fan of this.

  • 16 6-17-2010 at 3:39 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    If only they’d release those 6 hours of music recorded and composed by Zimmer too.

  • 17 6-17-2010 at 4:17 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Inelegant? Not sure what that means here but this beats any crap cartoon that lands on the cover of Wes Anderson’s flicks, which for whatever reason get the Criterion treatment over and over again.

  • 18 6-17-2010 at 4:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    My “Thin Red Line” DVD (bought about five years ago) has the original poster art with no Fox header. Must be a Region 2 thing.

    I understand the OCD problem, though — my copy of “The Deer Hunter” has an “Essential War Classics” label slapped on the cover AND spine that bugs the hell out of me. At the same time, it cost only £2, so beggars can’t be choosers.

  • 19 6-17-2010 at 6:59 pm

    Erik L. said...

    Kristopher: It’s a good thing you didn’t get it from Fox because you also would’ve gotten a “Support Our Troops” ribbon in it. At least I did:

    Cover art, schmover art. I am so stoked for a Blu-Ray version of this movie, which I consider one of the greatest movies ever made.

  • 20 6-17-2010 at 10:27 pm

    Chris138 said...

    A shame this movie was mostly overlooked in favor of Saving Private Ryan that year. This is easily one of my favorite movies of the 1990s and Terrence Malick’s best film yet (in my opinion).

    I’ve got this on DVD, and it has the “Fox War Classics” logo on the top. The same thing goes for my copy of Patton on DVD. I usually wouldn’t buy a movie on Blu-ray that I already own on DVD, but if the features are really spectacular and the image looks superb, I’ll probably have to shell out the bucks for this in September.

  • 21 6-17-2010 at 10:42 pm

    Zac said...

    Courtesy of the Criterion releases on Blu-Rays, Part II on DVD Talk:

    * New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer John Toll (with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition)
    * New audio commentary featuring Toll, production designer Jack Fisk, and producer Grant Hill
    * Outtakes from the film
    * Video interviews with several of the film’s actors, including Kirk Acevedo, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Tom Jane, Elias Koteas, Dash Mihok, and Sean Penn
    * New video interview with casting director Dianne Crittenden, featuring original audition footage
    * New interview with composer Hans Zimmer
    * New video piece featuring interviews with editors Billy Weber, Leslie Jones, and Saar Klein
    * An interview with writer James Jones’s daughter Kaylie Jones
    * World War II newsreels featuring footage from Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands
    * Original theatrical trailer
    * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt and a 1963 essay by James Jones on war films

    28 Sep 2010
    1 Disc
    SRP: $39.95
    28 Sep 2010
    2 Discs
    SRP: $29.95
    Spine #56

    I’ve been tempted to get the $5 DVD from the dump bin at Wal-mart, but I’ll hold off for the Criterion BD.

  • 22 6-17-2010 at 11:56 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    “Inelegant? Not sure what that means here but this beats any crap cartoon that lands on the cover of Wes Anderson’s flicks, which for whatever reason get the Criterion treatment over and over again.”

    Yes inelegant. The text – the graphics – the whole thing together certainly isn’t the best thing they could come up with. To me the little graphic photo you have in the article is superior.

    I guess you have a problem with Wes’ brother’s illustrations.