Repo Man (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox�s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas) as a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in reclaiming a mysterious�and otherworldly�Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is a politically trenchant take on President Reagan�s domestic and foreign policy. DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES � New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition � Audio commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora � Interviews with Cox, Richardson, and Zamora, producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks, actors Olivia Barash, Dick Rude, Miguel Sandoval, and Harry Dean Stanton, musicians Keith Morris and Iggy Pop, and Sam Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb � Deleted scenes � The complete �cleaned-up� television version of the film, prepared by Cox � Trailers � PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters, an illustrated production history by Cox, with his original comic and film proposal, and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis
A volatile, toxic potion of satire and nihilism, road movie and science fiction, violence and comedy, the unclassifiable sensibility of Alex Cox's Repo Man is the model and inspiration for a potent strain of post-punk American comedy that includes not only Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), but also early Coen brothers (Raising Arizona, in particular), Men in Black, and even (in a weird way) The X-Files. Otto, a baby-face punk played by Emilio Estevez, becomes an apprentice to Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), a coke-snorting, veteran repo-man-of-honor prowling the streets of a Los Angeles wasteland populated by hoods, wackos, burnouts, conspiracy theorists, and aliens of every stripe. It may seem chaotic at first glance, but there's a "latticework of coincidence" (as Tracey Walter puts it) underlying everything. Repo Man is a key American movie of the 1980s--just as Taxi Driver, Nashville, and Chinatown are key American movies of the '70s. With a scorching soundtrack that features Iggy Pop, Fear, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Suicidal Tendencies. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The company, among other parties, such as eccentric UFO spotters, and the Rodriguez brothers, are after this one car driven by a lobotomized scientist which contains some alien device of some sort in its trunk that disintegrates those who come in cotact with it, such as a highway patroman and one of Otto's punk rock anarchist friends. The movie consists of nothing but chaos throughout the plot in which all the groups invovled try to get hold of this Chavrolet Malibu, and the ending is rather surprisng, but very cheesy at the same time. The sci-fi effects in this movie are dated, and scream 80s (after all this movie was made in 1984), but its satirical edge and rather cryptic storyline make Repo Man an interesting, but occassionally bewildering film.
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Was great watching it for the first time when it came out,and still enjoy watching it now.But don't like the front art work on the jacket.Published 8 months ago by emile caron
One of the Best cult movies made. Still Great after not seeing it for 20 years. Now that I have the movie, I can watch it again and again. Great sound track as well.Published 22 months ago by Brian KUKHTA
Saw this when I was younger and loved it and wanted my own kids to see this movie, since they had watched the remake!!!Published on June 16 2014 by Pamela Ritchie
I'm so glad this film got such a five star blu ray release, as it's much deserved! Seeing this film once is not enough which is why I'd recommend strongly this purchase!Published on Jan. 22 2014 by Jeff Morant
The special features on this DVD are quite extensive, and the packaging is awesome. The film itself looks great - well worth the upgrade from my worn-out VHS version :-)Published on May 29 2013 by Erin Stropes
Repo Man is one of those films that succeeds beautifully at being uniquely strange, thanks to an odd combination of factors. Read morePublished on April 23 2013 by Gary Fuhrman
One thing I do know is this film is a modern day masterpiece.Unlike anything made before it.A true work of art and absolutely essential to any great DVD collection. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by 7 & 7 IS
I was thouroughly pleased upon seeing repo man. Though i Admit it was defintitletely not what I had expected. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by chode
Wow, ummm....interesting. Finally something different. No, I mean this is REALLY different. About time to, cuz lately I've seen a string of bvad movies, so it's nice to see... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Tom Servo