Title from screen credits.
Based on the work by Bertolt Brecht.
Originally released as a made-for-television movie in 1970.
Full screen (1.37:1).
"Remastered version Bioskop Film/Volksfilm 1969/2013"--End credits.
Special features: Interviews from 1973 and 2015 with Schlöndorff; New conversation between Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman about the play and adaptation; New interview with actor and filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta; New interview with film historian Eric Rentschler; in folded insert, an essay by critic Dennis Lim.
Director of photography, Dietrich Lohmann ; editor, Peter Ettengruber ; music, Klaus Doldinger.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue, Margarethe von Trotta, Günther Neutze, Miriam Spoerri, Marian Seydowski, Irmgard Paulis.
"Volker Schlöndorff transported Bertolt Brecht's 1918 debut play to contemporary West Germany for this vicious experiment in adaptation, seldom seen for nearly half a century. Oozing with brutish charisma, Rainer Werner Fassbinder embodies the eponymous anarchist poet, who feels that bourgeois society has rejected him and sets off on a schnapps-soaked rampage. Hewing faithfully to Brecht's text, Schlöndorff juxtaposes the theatricality of the prose with bare-bones, handheld 16 mm camera work, which gives immediacy to this savage story of rebellion. Featuring a supporting cast drawn from Fassbinder's troupe of theater actors that also includes Margarethe von Trotta, Baal demonstrates the uncompromising vision of its director, a trailblazer of the New German Cinema"--Container.
Rating: Not rated.
DVD format; NTSC, region 1; 4:3 presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
German dialogue with optional English subtitles.