Now here’s something that made me go… FIFTY YEARS?! It’s hard to believe that The Graduate, one of the finest American movies of all-time, was originally released in 1967 and now we’ve reached 50 years after the Mike Nichols‘ portrait of disaffected American youth, we’re getting a 4K restoration that’ll be available to watch at the BFI Southbank from 23rd June as part of their Dustin Hoffman season.
If you’re thinking ‘what about the rest of us?’, well, it’s also set for a brand new Special Edition DVD, Blu-Ray and EST release on 24th July. As well as earning Nichols a Best Director Oscar, The Graduate introduced Simon & Garfunkel to a much wider audience and featured one of the most famous seductions in movie history, plus that iconic final scene. It also stars that young actor, at the time, who goes by the name of Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin, plus Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.
Based on the novel by Charles Webb, it was scripted by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry plus offered us a wonderful supporting cast with the likes of William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Walter Brooke and Elizabeth Wilson. If you’ve never seen it, then this is your chance to either catch it on the cinema release or on a Home Ent format of your choosing but may I recommend it, specifically, upon Blu-ray.
Here’s a little more official info:
This 50th Anniversary 4K restoration was created from the 35mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection. The colour timing was done by referencing a previous colour grading that had been supervised by Grover Crisp at Sony Pictures and approved by director Mike Nichols. The 5.1 surround-sound remix, approved by the director, was created from the 35mm magnetic tracks and the original soundtrack recordings at Chace Audio.
Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray Special Editions:
•New Lawrence Turman interview
•American Masters: Mike Nichols documentary (53 mins)
•Mike Nichols / Steven Soderbergh audio commentary
•Dustin Hoffman / Katherine Ross audio commentary
•The Graduate at 25 (22 mins)
•Dustin Hoffman interview (23 mins)
•Screen tests (TBC)
•Students of the Graduate (26 mins)
•The Graduate: Looking Back (13 mins)
•Interview with Charles Webb (20 mins)
•Analysis of Seduction scene (9 mins)
•Analysis of the soundtrack (8 mins)
•Audio commentary with Professor Thomas Koebner