’Round Midnight (#1122)

Type: New Blu-Ray

’Round Midnight is a love letter from director Bertrand Tavernier to the heyday of bebop and the Black American musicians who found refuge in the smoky underground jazz clubs of 1950s Paris. In a sui generis, Oscar-nominated fusion of performer and character, legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays Dale Turner, a brilliant New York jazz veteran whose music aches with beauty but whose personal life is ravaged by addiction. Searching for a fresh start in Paris, Turner strikes up an unlikely friendship with a struggling single father and ardent jazz fan (François Cluzet) who finds his life transformed as he attempts to help the self-destructive musician. Herbie Hancock’s evocative, Oscar-winning score sets the mood for this definitive jazz film, a bittersweet opus that glows with lived-in, soulful authenticity.


New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio

New interview with jazz and cultural critic Gary Giddins

New conversation with music producer Michael Cuscuna and author Maxine Gordon, widow of musician Dexter Gordon

Before Midnight, a 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary by Jean Achache

Panel discussion from 2014 featuring Cuscuna, Maxine Gordon, director Bertrand Tavernier, and jazz scholar John Szwed, moderated by jazz critic and broadcaster Mark Ruffin

Performance from 1969 of “Fried Bananas” by Dexter Gordon, directed by Teit Jørgensen

New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: An essay by scholar Mark Anthony Neal