On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando
Director: Elia Kazan Cast: Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
, Karl Malden
Karl Malden
, Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb
Elia Kazan

DVD (Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment's DVD release of Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront is a fine and worthwhile tribute to the film and to its legacy. The picture, offered in its correct full-screen presentation, is the best it has ever looked. The stark black-and-white cinematography is sharp and relatively clean-looking considering its age. The film was a hit-and-run affair getting made (as noted in the commentary) so there are scenes which lack the finesse of a more polished studio production. But the overall picture is excellent and really shines. The film's soundtrack is available in English mono, as well as French. In terms of extras, the film has been given an informative and thoroughly entertaining commentary track with Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel (he is also author of a book on Brando as well as director of a documentary on Kazan called Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey) and Kazan biographer Jeff Young. The track is more of a rambling, anecdote-filled commentary than a scene-by-scene examination of the film, though they do that as well. Occasionally, the two get sidetracked by their conversation (especially when discussing Kazan's involvement in the McCarthy hearings), but there is plenty of information to soak up here and it's a track well worth examining more than once. The disc also includes a nice 12-minute video interview with the director, a 25-minute exclusive featurette which includes lots of telling background info, video stills gallery, the original theatrical trailer (along with two other Columbia releases), and more. The disc is a must for any serious film lover.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2001
UPC: 0043396784093
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 14,910

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & video; Full-screen presentation; Audio: English [mono], French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Exclusive featurette; Video photo gallery; Elia Kazan Interview; Audio commentary with film critic/author Richard Schickel and Elia Kazan biographer Jeff Young; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies; Animated menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Terry Malloy
Karl Malden Father Barry
Lee J. Cobb Johnny Friendly
Rod Steiger Charley Malloy
Pat Henning "Kayo" Dugan
Eva Marie Saint Edie Doyle
Martin Balsam Gillette
James Westerfield Big Mac
Tony Galento Truck
Leif Erickson Glover
John Hamilton "Pop" Doyle
John Heldabrand Mott
Rudy Bond Moose
Don Blackman Luke
Arthur Keegan Jimmy
Abe Simon Barney
Barry Macollum J.P.
Mike O'Dowd Specs
Fred Gwynne Slim
Anne Hegira Mrs. Collins
Rebecca Sands Police Stenographer
Pat Hingle Waiter
Nehemiah Persoff Cab Driver
Tami Mauriello Tillio

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director
Leonard Bernstein Score Composer
Richard Day Art Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
George Justin Production Manager
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Charles H. Maguire Asst. Director
Gene Milford Editor
Fred C. Ryle Makeup
Budd Schulberg Screenwriter
James Shields Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Spiegel Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:26]
2. Returning Danny Boy [1:34]
3. "Someone Fell off the Roof." [2:57]
4. Johnny Friendly [7:23]
5. Waterfront Commission Mugs [5:01]
6. How Trigger Locals Work [1:40]
7. Designated Stoolie [4:01]
8. Meeting Adjourned [1:59]
9. Getting Acquainted [4:51]
10. The Lowdown on Terry [2:20]
11. Up on the Roof [4:15]
12. A Neighborhood Saloon [5:32]
13. Wedding Party [4:54]
14. Friendly Warning [2:29]
15. Dropping a Sling on Dugan [1:54]
16. A Promise Kept [5:00]
17. Terry & Father Barry [1:29]
18. Telling Edie the Truth [3:50]
19. Talk of Past Favors [:50]
20. "I Coulda Been A Contender." [6:47]
21. At Edie's [5:51]
22. "Charley's in Trouble" [1:58]
23. Waiting for Big John [1:31]
24. Crime Commission Hearing [2:18]
25. A Pigeon for a Pigeon [4:33]
26. "You're a Cheap Mug!" [5:22]
27. Labor vs. Union [6:06]
28. Finishing What He Started [1:44]

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