Blue Collar (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Paul Schrader, 1978)

Release date: 9 December 2019

Standard Edition Blu-ray

After writing Taxi Driver for Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader made his directorial debut with this profane and profound drama about life on the factory floor of a Detroit car manufacturing plant. With explosive performances from the great Richard Pryor (Silver Streak, Stir Crazy), Harvey Keitel (The Border, Pulp Fiction) and Yaphet Kotto (Live and Let Die, Alien), Blue Collar presents one of the most authentic portraits of working-class life in all American cinema, and is one of the finest films of the 1970s.


• High Definition remaster

• Original mono audio

• Audio commentary with writer-director Paul Schrader and author Maitland McDonagh

• Paul Schrader BFI Masterclass (1982, 106 mins): the filmmaker presents a fascinating summary of the many issues and ideas he explores in his screenwriting class, recorded at the National Film Theatre, London

• 'Visions’: Interview with Paul Schrader (1982): archival interview, presented in two versions – the broadcast cut with its original Tony Rayns introduction (21 mins), and the complete interview rushes with a newly recorded introduction by Tony Rayns (58 mins)

• Keith Gordon on ‘Blue Collar’ (2018, 12 mins): a new filmed appreciation by

the filmmaker and actor

• Original theatrical trailer

• Josh Olson trailer commentary (2013, 3 mins): a short critical appreciation.

• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography

• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing