The New World 2005 Criterion Collection
Having chiseled his teeth with Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line -- three divisive films spread over twenty-five years -- Malick turned his attention to the intertwined 17th century stories of English soldier and new world explorer Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell), Powhatan princess and emissary Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher), and settler and tobacco farmer John Rolfe (Christian Bale). The writer/director's fifth film opens in 1607 as three colonial ships arrive on the shores of a region destined to become Virginia. With a script cobbled together from historical accounts and accepted folklore, Malick introduces a rather unorthodox incarnation of Smith, follows him into the heart of Powhatan territory, details his initial encounters with Pocahontas and her father (August Schellenberg), and documents the period of time Smith spent living with the natives. Sadly, as the European presence stirs up hostility amongst the Powhatan people, violence erupts, pinning Smith and Pocahontas, now lovers, between two enemies...

Criterion's release of The New World contains three very different versions of the film: a newly remastered Extended Cut which is approximately 172 minutes long, First Cut which is approximately 150 minutes long, and Theatrical Cut which is approximately 136 minutes long. There are substantial differences between the three, with the Extended Cut expanding various sequences with brand new footage. The Extended Cut was supervised by director Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.


• New 4K digital restoration of the 172-minute extended cut of the film, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and director Terrence Malick and featuring material not released in theaters, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-rays.

• High-definition digital transfers of the 135-minute theatrical cut and the 150-minute first cut of the film, supervised by Lubezki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-rays

Blu-Ray ONE

• Extended Cut of the film (02:52:04)

• Making "The New World" (2004) - this archival documentary was shot during the production of The New World by Austin Lynch. Included in are numerous comments addressing the technical nature of the shooting process and the period appearance of the film by production designer Jack Fisk, art director David Crank, archeologist Dr. William Kelso, producer Sarah Green, Chief of the Chickahominy Tribe Stephen R. Adkins, and choreographer Raoul Trujillo, amongst others. (1:21:40)

• Theatrical Trailer (2:24)

• Teaser Trailer (1:25)

Blu-Ray TWO

• The Theatrical Cut of the film (02:15:42)

• Actors - in this brand new program, actors Colin Farrell (Captain Smith) and Q'orianka Kilcher (Pocahontas) recall how they were approached and offered to play their respective characters, their initial impressions of the script for The New World, Terrence Malick's vision of the film, etc. The two actors also discuss the grueling shooting process, the visual style of the film, the period costumes and the original language the Indians spoke in the film, etc. The program was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (30:03)

• Production - in this brand new program, producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk and costume designer Jacqueline West discuss Terrence Malick's working methods, the major ideas and philosophy that are channeled through The New World, the relationship between Captain Smith and Pocahontas and how much of it was formed by myths, the period atmosphere of the film and the type of costumes that were created to enhance the sense of authenticity Terrence Malick and his team were determined to bring to the film, etc. The program was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (36:30)


• The First Cut of the film (02:30:20)

• Editors - in this new program, editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, and Mark Yoshikawa discuss the challenges that they faced while trying to give structure to the enormous amount of material that was shot for The New World (the editing of the film involved four different editors), what it means to work with Terrence Malick, the director's pursuit of authenticity and why it could be quite overwhelming at times, some of the conflicts they experienced during the creative process, the evolution of the initial script and how additional footage started pouring in, the importance of organic sounds throughout the films, etc. In English, not subtitled. (40:42)

• The Versions - Mark Yoshikawa was the only editor that worked with Terrence Malick as The New World evolved. In this new video piece, he discusses Terrence Malick's approach to each cut, some of the key differences between them, and the structure of the new Extended Cut. Included in the program are direct comparisons between the different cuts. In English, not subtitled. (17:10)

3xBD50 + 4xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:52:04 | 133 Gb + 28.3 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English