Thin Red Line, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1998) / Region A
Thin Red Line, The: The Criterion Collection

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Thin Red Line, The: The Criterion Collection

After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for twenty years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James

Jones's 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. A big-budget, spectacularly mounted epic, The Thin Red Line is also one of the most deeply philosophical films ever released by a major Hollywood studio, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence. Featuring a cast of contemporary cinema's finest actors - Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking, Milk), Nick Nolte (The Prince of Tides, Affliction), Elias Koteas (Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers, The People vs. Larry Flynt) among them - The Thin Red Line is a kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat that ranks as one of cinema's greatest war films.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 18 2010
  • Production Year 1998
  • Empire SKU 1538096
  • UPC Code 715515062411
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


New audio commentary by Toll, production designer Jack Fisk, and producer Grant Hill
Interviews with several of the film’s actors
New interview with casting director
Fourteen minutes of outtakes from the film
World War II newsreels from Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands
Melanesian chants
Original theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt and a 1963 reprint by James Jones


  • Audio
    English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

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