Criterion Collection has just released Terrence Malick’s Badlands on their excellent top-quality distribution label (buy it from CHUD.com here). The film looks and sounds crisp and clear and the company has made the first four minutes available on YouTube. Badlands is a brilliant part of classic American cinema and is one of Terrence Malick’s best works to date.
This is a film that is absolutely worth your attention. The film was apparently so well received at its initial screening that it stole the spotlight from Mean Streets. Take the next four minutes of your life to watch Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek tote around a dead end town, picking up garbage and twirling batons before embarking on their adventure of death.