Sean Baker & Shih-Ching Tsou's TAKE OUT Comes to Criterion on Blu-ray Sept 13

Sean Baker & Shih-Ching Tsou’s TAKE OUT Comes to Criterion on Blu-ray Sept 13

Available September 13

Baker’s Sophomore Feature And First Collaboration With Long-Time Producing Partner Tsou (TANGERINE, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, RED ROCKET) Offers A Vérité Style Portrait Of An Undocumented Chinese Immigrant In Post-9/11 Manhattan

The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s raw, vérité TAKE OUT, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running.


• New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
• Audio commentary featuring Baker, Tsou, and actor Charles Jang
• New interviews with Baker, Tsou, Jang, and actors Wang-Thye Lee and Jeng-Hua Yu
• Program about the making of the film
• Deleted scenes 
• Screen test
• Trailer 
• New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and author J. J. Murphy

"A remarkable film." —Shauna Lyon, New Yorker

"A deeply affecting portrayal." —Robert Koehler, Variety

"The season's freshest, most sympathetic movie about making your way in modern-day Manhattan with a little help from your friends." —Nathan Lee, The New York Times

"A rare kind of film." —Ken Fox, TV Guide

Starting On:
September 13, 2022
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