Tin Drum, The: The Criterion Collection

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Tin Drum, The: The Criterion Collection

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Tin Drum, The: The Criterion Collection

Danzig, Germany, 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, at his third birthday, refuses to grow older. 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. Honored with the Palme d'Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and the 1979 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language film, Volker Schlöndorff's The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) is a truly visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass' acclaimed novel, an unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 03 2004
  • Production Year 1979
  • Empire SKU 591573
  • UPC Code 037429187128
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by director and cowriter Volker Schlöndorff
Isolated score by Maurice Jarre
Rare deleted scenes, featuring commentary by Schlondorff
Volker Schlöndorff Remembers The Tin Drum, a montage featuring Schlöndorff’s thoughts and recollections about the film, along with on-set photos, storyboards, and images not included in the final film
An illuminating collection of video interviews with Schlöndorff and actor David Bennent at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival; cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière and actor Mario Adorf; Schlöndorff and author Günter Grass during filming; and Schlöndorff after winning the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
The Platform, a rare 1987 German recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel Die Blechtromomel, accompanied by the music of famed improvisational percussionist Günter "Baby" Sommer
Reprinted excerpt of the screenplay’s original, unfilmed ending, with an introduction by Schlondorff
Banned in Oklahoma, a documentary by Gary D. Rhodes following the child pornography lawsuit involving around The Tin Drum
Production sketches, designs and promotional art
Original theatrical trailer
A statement by Gunter Grass about adapting his novel to the screen, and a new essay by film scholar Eric Rentschler, author of West German Film in the Course of Time


  • Audio
    German Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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