On December 10, 2019, the Criterion Collection releases Until the End of the World on Blu-ray. Wim Wenders directed the film starring William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, and Pietro Falcone.
‘Until the End of the World’ Criterion Summary
Conceived as the ultimate road movie, this decades-in-the-making science-fiction epic from Wim Wenders follows the restless Claire Tourneur (Solveig Dommartin) across continents as she pursues a mysterious stranger (William Hurt) in possession of a device that can make the blind see and bring dream images to waking life. With an eclectic soundtrack that gathers a host of the director’s favorite musicians, along with gorgeous cinematography by Robby Müller, this breathless adventure in the shadow of Armageddon takes its heroes to the ends of the earth and into the oneiric depths of their own souls. Presented here in its triumphant 287-minute director’s cut, Until the End of the World assumes its rightful place as Wenders’ magnum opus, a cosmic ode to the pleasures and perils of the image and a prescient meditation on cinema’s digital future.
Director-Approved Special Edition Features
- New 4K digital restoration, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New introduction by Wenders
- New interview with Wenders about the film’s soundtrack
- New conversation between Wenders and musician David Byrne
- Japanese behind-the-scenes program detailing the creation of the film’s high-definition sequences
- Interview with Wenders from 2001
- Up-Down Under Roma, a 1993 interview with Wenders on his experiences in Australia
- The Song, a 1991 short film by Uli M Schueppel detailing the recording of “(I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
- Deleted scenes
- PLUS: Essays by critics Bilge Ebiri and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on the film and its soundtrack
New cover by Michael Boland