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Jim Jarmusch's globe-trotting study of five cab rides taking place at the same time in five different cities gets a fresh presentation on DVD in this excellent release from the Criterion Collection, created with the participation and approval of the filmmaker. Night On Earth has been given a widescreen transfer to disc in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio, which is letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The subtly distinct look for each segment (created by ...
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Overview

Jim Jarmusch's globe-trotting study of five cab rides taking place at the same time in five different cities gets a fresh presentation on DVD in this excellent release from the Criterion Collection, created with the participation and approval of the filmmaker. Night On Earth has been given a widescreen transfer to disc in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio, which is letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The subtly distinct look for each segment (created by cinematographer Frederick Elmes) is preserved in this transfer, and shows how masterfully Jarmusch can manipulate the color palate, despite his fondness for working in black and white. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and the lively sound mix is crisp and well-detailed on this DVD, with Tom Waits' musical score benefiting from the careful treatment. The dialogue for the various segments is in English, French, Italian and Finnish, and no multiple language options appear, though the disc contains two sets of subtitles -- one translating non-English dialogue, the other presenting the full dialogue track for the hard of hearing. The disc includes an optional audio commentary from cinematographer Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin, who talk about the many logistical challenges presenting by the shooting of each segment; among the other bonus features are a profile of Jarmusch created for Belgian television in 1991, an audio-only feature in which Jarmusch answers questions submitted to him by film fans from around the world, and a booklet which includes a separate essay on each of Night On Earth's five stories. Night On Earth has never looked or sounded as good as it does on Criterion's DVD release, and fans of Jim Jarmusch will find it a worthy addition to their collections.
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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch; Selected-scene commentary by director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin; Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent by fans; 1992 Belgian television interview with Jarmusch; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A booklet featuring new essays by Thom Andersen, Paul Auster, Bernard Eisenschitz, Goffredo Fofi, and Peter Von Bagh, and the lyrics to Tom Wait's original songs from the film
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All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Possibly the most mainstream film to date by the laconic, impressionistic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, this agreeable (if overlong) project works in fits and starts, which is to be expected in a film that is so episodic in nature. However, Jarmusch's acute eye for detail and his offbeat casting choices (including a pre-fame Roberto Benigni) pay off. The tone of the film is more lighthearted and playful than Jarmusch's previous efforts, but still retains his trademark minimalist style. One of the main contributors to the film's unerring sense of time and place is ace cinematographer Frederick Elmes, whose previous work with David Lynch and John Cassavetes proves notable here, where even the inside of a cab has an strange and inviting veneer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2007
  • UPC: 715515025423
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,334

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gena Rowlands Victoria Snelling
Winona Ryder Corky
Giancarlo Esposito YoYo
Rosie Perez Angela
Roberto Benigni Gino
Armin Mueller-Stahl Helmut Grokenberger
Béatrice Dalle Blind Woman
Lisanne Falk Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott 1st Rock Musician
Paolo Bonacelli Priest
Matti Pellonpää Mika
Emile Abossolo-M'Bo 2nd Passenger
Romolo di Biasi Angry Driver
Richard Boes 1st Cab Driver
Stephane Boucher Man in Accident
Isaach de Bankolé Paris Driver
Nicola Facondo Lover
Klaus Heydemann 2nd Factory Worker
Noel Kaufmann Man on Motorcycle
Sakari Kuosmanen 2nd Man
Pascal Nzonzi 1st Passenger
Anthony Portillo 2nd Rock Musician
Antonino Ragusa 2nd Transvestite
Tomi Salmela 3rd Man
Gianni Schettino 1st Transvestite
Donatella Servadio Voice Only
Jaakko Talaskivi 1st Factory Worker
Kari Vaananeen Man #1
Eija Vilpas Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jim Jarmusch Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Madga Bava Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathleen Brennan Songwriter
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Claire Fraisse Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Gordon Costumes/Costume Designer
Demetra J. Macbride Co-producer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Rudd Simmons Producer
Jim Stark Executive Producer
Johan Le Tenoux Set Decoration/Design
Tom Waits Score Composer, Songwriter
Alexandra Welker Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night on Earth
1. Los Angeles [10:57]
2. Mr. Kincaid [4:22]
3. "I Yam What I Yam" [4:28]
4. A Brilliant Streak [2:44]
5. Movie Star [4:41]
6. New York [6:32]
7. Helmut and YoYo [4:44]
8. Angela! [3:50]
9. The Last Word [3:26]
10. Two Rights [5:43]
11. Paris [5:20]
12. Preferred Route [4:40]
13. Curiousity [6:06]
14. "Are You Blind or What?" [3:01]
15. Rome [5:53]
16. No Smoking [3:55]
17. Confession [5:42]
18. Pumpkins, Sheep, My Sister-in-Law [10:46]
19. Helsinki [3:45]
20. Bad Day [7:53]
21. "Things Could Have Been Worse" [19:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Night on Earth
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Commentary
      Off
      On
      Index
         Los Angeles
         New York
         Paris
         Rome
         Helsinki
   Q&A With Jim
      Play All
      Index
         Richmond, VA
         Chicago, IL
         "No Given City"
         Hämeenlinna, Finland
         Kitchener, Ontario
         Houston, TX
         Springfield, OH
         Bronx, NY
         Toronto, Ontario
         Anaheim, CA
         Bloomington, IN
         Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
         Auckland, New Zealand
         Chicago, IL
         New York, NY
         Long Beach, CA
         Virginia Beach, VA
         Northampton, England
         Eureka Springs, AR
         Sacramento, CA
         Warsaw, Poland
         San Diego, CA
         Syracuse, NY
      Introduction
   Alice: Magazine Européen
      Play
   Subtitles
      Subtitles On
      SDH On
      Both Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Strangely compelling.

    I came across this movie while flipping through the movie channels and hearing Finnish spoken--that's what first peaked my curiosity. I got a VCR copy and thought I'd only watch the last segment that takes place in Finland, spoken in Finn, with subtitles. (I thought I could pick up some useful phrases for my next family reunion.) Instead, I started watching the movie from the beginning. It is thoughtful, sad, and hilarious.

    The action takes place in five taxies around the world. It starts in LA with Winona Ryder as the cab driver which I found very interesting. If you've ever been in a cab these stories nail that strangely immediate intimate relationship that can develop between the cab driver and you in a few miles.

    If you watch only one segment watch the Italian segment with Roberto Benini--I am basically a prude but I laughed so hard I fell off my couch. This segment alone is worth the price of the movie.

    This movie stays with you a while. As I said--strangely compelling.

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