The tin drum die Blechtrommel

Published 2004
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"Danzig, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and the irresponsibility of society, Oskar rejects both, and, on his third birthday, refuses to grow. Caught in a baffling state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out at all he surveys with piercing screams and frantic poundings on his tin drum, while the unheeding, chaotic world marches onward to the madness and folly of World War II."--Container.

Widescreen ed.
Publisher, Date:
[United States] : Criterion Collection, 2004.
2 videodiscs (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. & guide.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Other Title:
Blechtrommel [DVD]
DVD ; NTSC, Region 1, enhanced widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 or 1.0 mono (feature); dual-layer disc.
In German with optional English subtitles (main feature and bonus features).
Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski.
Art director, Nicos Perakis; Bild [= Photography], Igor Luther ; Schnitt [= Editing], Suzanne Baron ; Musik [= music], Maurice Jarre.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1979.
Based on: Die Blechtrommel by Günter Grass.
New digital transfer with restored image and sound.
Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Film
Bonus features: Disc 1: Optional audio feature commentary by director Volker Schlöndorff ; Maurice Jarre's score isolated on analog track 2 (optional setting) ; Disc two: Deleted scenes, with newly-recorded commentary by Volker Schlöndorff ; Volker Schlöndorff remembers The tin drum (2001) ; Excerpts from French television broadcasts: video interviews with Schlöndorff and actor David Bennent at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, interview with Schlöndorff after winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Schlöndorff and Günter Grass on location during filming, co-scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and actor Mario Adorf discussing their work with Schlöndorff and Grass ; "The platform" : a comparison of the filmed scene and a rare 1987 recording of Günter Grass reading the excerpt from his novel with musical accompaniment from percussionist, Günter "Baby" Sommer ; Reprinted excerpt from the original screenplay's unfilmed ending ; Banned in Oklahoma, a documentary by Gary D. Rhodes following the child pornography lawsuit involving The tin drum ; production stills; original theatrical trailer.
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