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Scorsese Shorts (1963-1978): 4K Criterion Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection is releasing a compilation of Director Martin Scorsese’s early documentary works, Scorsese Shorts (1963-1978) on a 4K restoration Blu-ray.

This compilation of five early short films by Martin Scorsese offers a fascinating window onto his artistic development. Spanning the years from Scorsese’s time at NYU in the mid-1960s to the late ’70s, when he was emerging as one of the era’s most electrifying talents, Scorsese Shorts centers on the intimate home movie Italianamerican—a loving snapshot of the director’s parents—and American Boy, a freewheeling portrait of a larger-than-life raconteur. Also included are The Big Shave, a daringly visceral response to America’s involvement in Vietnam, and the bracing student films What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? and It’s Not Just You, Murray!

Touching on many of Scorsese’s key themes—Italian American identity, family, his beloved New York City—these are hilarious, candid, and illuminating works from the preeminent American filmmaker of our time.

Release date: May 26, 2020
Genre: Documentary

Disc and film details

  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Country: USA
  • Production Year: 1963-1978
  • Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • Region: A
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Formats: Color / 4K / 1.33:1
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitle: English
  • Studio: The Criterion Collection

Special features

  • NEW 4K RESTORATIONS OF ALL FILMS, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray:
    • ITALIANAMERICAN (1974 • 49 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
    • AMERICAN BOY (1978 • 55 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
    • THE BIG SHAVE (1967 • 5 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
    • IT’S NOT JUST YOU, MURRAY! (1964 • 16 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
    • WHAT’S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING IN A PLACE LIKE THIS? (1963 • 10 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
  • New conversation between director Martin Scorsese and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • New discussion among filmmakers Ari Aster and Josh and Benny Safdie
  • AND MORE…
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and various materials from Scorsese’s archive

American Boy (1978) documentary trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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