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Harold and Maude - The Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Edition

Updated on August 16, 2014

This is a great movie and I really enjoy it - I've seen it more than 100 times.

The Criterion Collection has nice artwork and a commentary track that's interesting to see. The trailer is also included. 

Harold and Maude is in essence a love story, but it's the characters that set it apart from anything you've seen before. Harold is a confused, emotionally numb young man from a well-to do family led by his mother, a somewhat controlling woman who inserts herself into his life without permission. Harold's feelings of isolation manifest themselves in an obsession with death and specifically suicide, which he often acts out, often in extreme, shocking or downright gory detail.

Maude is a 79 year old widow with an eccentric, independent and spontaneous nature who appears in Harold's life and lifts him out of his fascination with death by showing him another perspective on life, love and finding happiness in the face of adversity. 

Hal Ashby's treatment is unique and visually interesting - the look of the film is very 1970s and has a unique, artful approach to cinematography that I find very beautiful. The soundtrack is songs by Cat Stevens and they complement the narrative and the look of the film extremely well. The final sequence set to the song "Trouble" is poignant and beautiful and will stay with you for long after the credits roll.

I've never seen another film even close to the profundity, beauty or emotional impact of this cult classic. I think everyone can find something to love about this excellent film.

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      Country Sunshine 

      3 years ago from Texas

      I absolutely love this movie, and while I haven't seen it a 100 times, my views (and enjoyment) are probably in the 50s. I agree with your assessment that everyone can find something to like about this film.

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      debW07 

      4 years ago

      Hi Tom! This is an excellent review on the movie Harold and Maude. It is always fascinating to go beyond the surface of something, such as this relationship, and discover why people do what they do. With your permission, I'd like to post a link to this review on my blog; 70's Music Movies and More. DebW.

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