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The Last Picture Show - The Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepard
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Plot Sypnosis:

One of the key films of the American seventies cinema renaissance, The Last Picture Show is set in the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen. This aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens—enigmatic Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), wayward jock Duane (Jeff Bridges), and desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy (Cybill Shepherd)—and the aging lost souls who bump up against them in the night like drifting tumbleweeds, including Cloris Leachman’s lonely housewife and Ben Johnson’s grizzled movie-house proprietor. Featuring evocative black-and-white imagery and profoundly felt performances, this hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal work in the career of invaluable film historian and director Peter Bogdanovich.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • High-definition digital restoration of the director’s cut, supervised by director Peter Bogdanovich, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Texasville (1990), the sequel to The Last Picture Show, presented in both the original theatrical version and a black-and-white version of Peter Bogdanovich’s director’s cut, produced in collaboration with cinematographer Nicholas von Sternberg
  • Two audio commentaries, featuring Bogdanovich and actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall
  • Three documentaries about the making of the film
  • Q&A with Bogdanovich from 2009
  • Screen tests and location footage
  • Introduction to Texasville featuring Bogdanovich, Shepherd, and actor Jeff Bridges
  • Excerpts from a 1972 television interview with filmmaker François Truffaut about the New Hollywood
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Graham Fuller and excerpts from an interview with Bogdanovich about Texasville, with a new introduction by Bogdanovich biographer Peter Tonguette

    Cover by F. Ron Miller
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1971
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 126
Specs: Blu-ray
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Formats: English uncompressed mono
Subtitles/Captions: English