If....: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Rating: R
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 112 Minutes
  • Region: A Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Blu-Ray Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: ENGLISH: PCM Mono
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    Audio commentary featuring film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell
    A 2003 episode from the Scottish TV series Cast And Crew, featuring McDowell, cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek, assistant editor Ian Rakoff, directors assistant Stephen Frears, producer Michael Medwin, and screenwriter David Sherwin
    Video interview with actor Graham Crowden
    Thursday's Children (1954), an Academy Award-winning documentary about a school for dead children, directed by Anderson and Guy Brenton and narrated by Richard Burton
    Booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein, as well as reprinted pieces by screenwriter David Sherwin, and director Lindsay Anderson
Filmed at the time of the student revolts in Paris, Lindsay Anderson's "If..." (1968) wowed audiences with its heady mix of anti-authority messages and shocking violence. The movie is structured in seven chapters: College-Once Again Assembled, Term Time, Ritual and Romance, Discipline, Resistance, Forth to War and Crusaders. Each chapter reflects an aspect of English prep school life, and each gets progressively more abusive. The strong violence is not romanticized. Malcolm McDowell's movie debut as a student rebelling against authority is a performance that resonates.
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