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Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys: Eclipse Series 29 (Leningrad Cowboys Go America/ Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses/ Total Balalaika Show, Plus Five Music Videos) (Criterion)

Matti Pellonpaa , Aki Kaurismaki    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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In the late eighties and early nineties, Aki Kaurismäki (The Match Factory Girl), the master of the deadpan, fashioned a waggish fish-out-of-water tale about a U.S. tour by “the worst rock-and-roll band in the world.” Leningrad Cowboys Go America’s posse of fur-coated, outrageously pompadoured hipsters struck such a chord with international audiences that the fictional band became a genuine attraction, touring the world. Later, Kaurismäki created a sequel, Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses, and filmed a gigantic stadium show the band put on in Helsinki for the rollicking documentary Total Balalaika Show. With this Eclipse series, we present these crackpot musical and comic odysseys, along with five Leningrad Cowboys music videos directed by Kaurismäki.

THREE-DVD BOX SET INCLUDES:

LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA A struggling Siberian rock band leaves the lonely tundra to tour the United States because, as they are told, “they put up with anything there.” Aki Kaurismäki’s winningly aloof farce follows the men as they bravely make their way across the New World, carrying a coffin full of beer and sporting hairdos like unicorn horns. Leningrad Cowboys Go America was such a sensation that the band gained a real-life cult following.

1989 · 79 MINUTES · COLOR · STEREO · 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO

LENINGRAD COWBOYS MEET MOSES Living in Mexico with a top-ten hit under their belts, the Leningrad Cowboys have fallen on hard times. When they move north to rejoin their manager (Kaurismäki mainstay Matti Pellonpää) for a gig in Coney Island, he seems to have turned into a delusional self-proclaimed prophet who wishes to lead them back to the promised land of Siberia. Like the first installment, Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses is a road movie, but this time the humorous hardships come from the rocky terrain of the new Europe.

1994 · 94 MINUTES · COLOR · STEREO · 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO

TOTAL BALALAIKA SHOW Kaurismäki’s documentary of the Leningrad Cowboys’ massive Helsinki Square concert, on Finland’s largest stage, is a loving tribute to the rock band he made famous. Seventy thousand people from Finland and Russia turned out for this megaspectacle, with musical selections, from Sibelius to Bob Dylan, that crossed genre and national divides. And the band was joined onstage by the 150-member Russian Red Army Choir; Variety called it “the most incongruous—and inspired—cross-cultural pairing since Nureyev danced with Miss Piggy.”

ALSO FEATURING THE FOLLOWING LENINGRAD COWBOYS MUSIC VIDEOS: Rocky VI, Thru the Wire, L.A. Woman, These Boots, and Those Were the Days

1994 · 57 MINUTES · COLOR · STEREO · 1.66:1 ASPECT RATIO


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5.0 out of 5 stars onions in the street April 14 2013
By Pedro
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what's to say......... a truly off the wall, out there, gutbustingly funny series. the Leningrad cowboys put the Stones, the Beatles and some other high falutin bands to shame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great films but disappointing picture quality Feb. 27 2012
By John Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
I have these in the Finnish language releases. They are terrific cult films and hilarious to watch. Unfortunately the Criterion transfers are below par, the picture is soft and the colors weak. The Finnish PAL releases are noticably better. Only in the subtitles do Criterion excell. They offer the choice of full subtitles whereas the Finns only subtitle the Finnish language parts. As visitors to Finland will know the Finnish accent is a bit different and the Criterion titles do help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Story Short Crterion Never Fails! Nov. 15 2011
By Abraham Afzal - Published on Amazon.com
i bought this on a spur of the moment 50% sale, not a big suprise that the prestigious criterion picked out a very enjoyable finish cult classic. Anyone who appreciates good films will like these odd quirky films.
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome blast from the past. Aug. 20 2014
By Rik Dawg - Published on Amazon.com
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Crazy, beautiful film. I never expected to find a "collectors edition" of this movie that I only had on VHS; but it, and a sequel I knew nothing about, were great to visit and revisit. Great picture, sound and no dragging the VHS out to watch it. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars "Go America" is a great unknown comedy classic Sept. 12 2014
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"Go America" is a great unknown comedy classic. We have introduced it to soooooooo many friends who have all loved its eccentricity.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star Aug. 8 2014
By Diana Vargas - Published on Amazon.com
Had a bad experience with this order. Doesn't play! Lost my money. The movie is 5 *
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