The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Blue Collar.
When Detroit auto workers Jerry (Harvey Keitel), Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), and Zeke (Richard Pryor in a rare, but unforgettable dramatic performance) find bills piling up and pressures bearing down, they decide to rob their corrupt union office. In a cruel twist, their meager haul contains far more than they expected and the three friends find themselves at odds while facing danger, betrayal, and murder. Paul Schrader’s début directorial effort surmounted bitter tensions amongst his stars to showcase the dark side of the American working class, creating a brutal vision of the low wages and huge debts that trap workers between big industry and big labor.
- New 4K digital restoration, supervised by filmmaker Paul Schrader, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Introduction by comedian Patton Oswalt
- Audio commentary with co-writer and director Paul Schrader and journalist Maitland McDonagh
- Interview with musician Ry Cooder on the recording of “Hard Working Man” by Captain Beefheart and the music of Blue Collar
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by filmmaker and curator Brecht Andersch