John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy plumbs a desperate milieu, though the voluptuous colors in Criterion’s disc make it a richer tour of hell. Jon Voight, as a would-be Times Square hustler, is achingly blue-eyed throughout, and the vibrant juice ads tacked up by his flatmate ”Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) become an emblem of the pair’s longing for a better life. Capped by alternate-audio-track commentary from the director and producer, the disc shifts Cowboy’s spotlight from urban grit to something more timeless and better matched to TV’s intimate scale: the actors’ profound insight into two tragic characters. A-
Posted March 13 1992 — 12:00 AM EST
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