After directing his acclaimed debut film Intimate Lighting in his native Czechoslovakia, Passer fled to America, following the Warsaw Pact invasion of his homeland. He teamed with playwright and novelist David Scott Milton and producer-star Segal to make Born to Win, his first English-language film. Over fifty years after its initial release, it stands as one of the quintessential and most influential cinematic portrayals of the down-and-out New York City of the early 1970s, and some of its less fortunate inhabitants. For this first-ever Blu-ray release, Born to Win has been restored in 2K from its 35mm interpositive, beautifully preserving the film’s indelible images of a New York that otherwise exists only in our memories.
Region A Blu-ray
New 2K restoration from its 35mm interpositive
Booklet with a new essay by film archivist and writer Justin LaLiberty
Newly recorded audio commentary by Jason Bailey and Michael Hull of the Fun City Cinema podcast
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