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 One of the American college student anthems of the early 70's, Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point is a film almost entirely governed by emotion. This was his only U.S. made film and followed on the heels of his most successful movie; Blowup. Whether it accurately encapsulates the feeling or the changing mood of the era it professes to explore is, as with all of his films, an entirely personal experience. With an occasionally used violent narrative twist in the finale (see The Passenger) pointing to a fervent hatred of the establishment, many might consider this Antonioni's most pretentious work. With intentional absentee dialogue, exquisitely composed landscape framed backdrops, and a moody soundtrack, featuring The Grateful Dead to Pink Floyd, this film experience enforce-ably leaves a very eventful dent in Antonioni's oeuvre. One which his critics consistently may harken back to in support of their pans. In defense, his cinema never fails to leave a powerful and lingering effect and this is a very strong case in point. From expressions of sand-dusted free-love to government sanctioned police 'enforcement' we are caught in an almost montage sequence of the late 60's social consciousness uprising. In closing, this film will not appeal to many, but for the director's following it is an important watershed production in his career. out of  

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: February 9th, 1970

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Distribution Warner VHS - NTSC
Runtime 1:51:24 
Video 2.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.77 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner (via MGM)

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.30:1

DVD Release Date: September 25, 1991
No Case
Chapters: 21




NOTE: There is now a German DVD, but it is 4:3 cropped - compared HERE.

Fess'up time... this is a DVD made from alternative sources. Running DVDBeaver I am sent a lot of anonymous 'stuff' in the post. This DVD was one of them. It is not commercially available anywhere and my links above are to the VHS edition of the film. It has afforded me the ability to review the film with some screen captures, but this is no real way to view the film - the image is quite weak, but the only way I was able to see Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point as I no longer have a connected VHS player (don't ask). Colors are quite good actually but it is hazy at times. Let's hope for a real DVD edition very soon (from Warner, not from MGM).

Gary W. Tooze


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