Repo Man

Repo Man

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Director: Alex Cox

Cast: Alex Cox, Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Olivia Barash

     
 

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Alex Cox's humorously punk-fueled cult satire of American conspiracy and consumer culture gets the grand treatment in Anchor Bay's cleverly packaged "limited edition tin." Presented in the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen theatrical aspect ratio, the image appears slightly faded throughout. Colors are curiously muted though nicely balanced, with the otherwise… See more details below

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Alex Cox's humorously punk-fueled cult satire of American conspiracy and consumer culture gets the grand treatment in Anchor Bay's cleverly packaged "limited edition tin." Presented in the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen theatrical aspect ratio, the image appears slightly faded throughout. Colors are curiously muted though nicely balanced, with the otherwise high quality print showing little signs of age or wear and few occurrences of digital artifacting. Presented in closed-captioned Dolby Digital 5.1, the audio is clean with most of the dialogue coming from the center speaker, with a few clever exceptions. Music cues and some of the more busy scenes utilize the medium's sound capabilities fairly well, though the majority of the film's soundtrack is fairly restrained. Longtime Repo Man fans will certainly enjoy the extra features included, beginning with a commentary track featuring Cox, producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and stars Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora; it offers amusing anecdotes and humorous insight into the production. A pair of trailers, one theatrical and one for the video release, are amusing and well presented, and talent bios are brief yet informative and interesting. An accompanying booklet offers production notes, a comic, pictures, and the history of the film from production to release. The inclusion of the original soundtrack on CD is a nostalgic blast from the past that will certainly inspire fond memories in aging punkers. Menu design is easy to navigate and fairly basic.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The directorial debut of Alex Cox, who went on to direct the brilliant Sid and Nancy, Repo Man is one of the great cult classics of the '80s. (It also has the distinction of having been produced by ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith.) Emilio Estevez stars as Otto, a young delinquent who finds his calling in life as an automobile repossessor. He shares the screen with an oddball cast of crooks, scientists, and conspiracy theorists, all of whom are seeking an elusive Chevy Malibu and the mysterious extraterrestrial contents hidden in its trunk. The bizarre plot ricochets nicely through car chases and gunfights, with some quieter moments where Otto is taught the ropes -- and the "repo code" -- by veteran repossessor Bud, played with typical sleepy-eyed cool by Harry Dean Stanton. However, it's the broad parody of the evils and oddities of American life and the mind-numbing effects of television, mixed nicely with some acid-washed crackpot philosophy that gives Repo Man its wonderfully distinctive flavor. The limited edition DVD from Anchor Bay features commentary from director Alex Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, and actor Sy Richardson; it also includes the original video and theatrical trailers and comes in a collectible tin with the original soundtrack CD and more.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
A highly amusing synthesis of thinking man's science fiction, post-modern humor, and a punk rocker's jaundiced take on a culture at the point of collapse, Repo Man was destined to be a "cult film." It was too off-skew for mainstream audiences, but, if you're in tune with its wit and rhythms, it's hard not to love it. Writer and director Alex Cox has a great time picking off satiric targets in 1980s America (Los Angeles variety): generic food, UFO cultists, absurd pseudo-religions, suburban teenage angst, and the worship of the automobile, among many others; and the dialogue ranks with the most memorable movie writing in the post-Altman, pre-Tarantino era. After years of great supporting performances in movies good and bad, Harry Dean Stanton got one of his first leading roles and made the most of it; his bemused beatnik-noir cool fits Bud like a glove, and he's hilarious without ever playing the comedy too heavily. Emilio Estevez is his perfect foil as Otto, a punk's rage simmering just beneath his suburban slacker surface. And the score, by pioneering Latino punks The Plugz, combines the sound of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Western scores with enough ironic distance to serve as both tribute and affectionate parody, a perfect combination for this film; the periodic blasts of Southern California hardcore from Fear, Black Flag, and Suicidal Tendencies match the mood and mark the time period. But why do none of the watches have hands?

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
UPC:
0013131122992
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time:
1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Dean Stanton Bud
Emilio Estevez Otto Maddox
Olivia Barash Leila
Tracey Walter Miller
Sy Richardson Lite
Jennifer Balgobin Debbi
Richard Foronjy Plettschner
Del Zamora Lagarto Rodriguez
Fox Harris J. Frank Parnell
Vonetta McGee Marlene
Alex Cox Actor
Todd Darling Actor
Jac McAnelly Pakman
Tom Musca Actor
Michael Sandoval Archie
Dolores Deluxe Actor
Kelita Kelly Delilah
Circle Jerks Nightclub Band
Dorothy Bartlett Old Lady
Laura Sorenson Repo Wife No.4
Susan Barnes Agent Rogers
Tom Finnegan Oly
Eddie Velez Napo
Zander Schloss Kevin
Dick Rude Duke
Bruce White Rev. Larry
Biff Yeager Agent B
Ed Pansullo Agnet E
Steve Mattson Agent S
Helen Martin Mrs. Parks
Jon St. Elwood Miner
Sue Kiel Ms. Magruder
David Chung Sheriff
Cynthia Szigeti U.F.O. Lady
Michael Bennett Blond Agent
Jimmy Buffett Blond Agent
Angelique Pettyjohn Repo Wife No.2
Logan Carter Repo Wife No.3
George Sawava Repo Victim No.1
Bob Ellis Soda Jerk
Monona Wali Nurse
Rodney Bingenheimer Club Owner
Jorge Martinez Tennis Player
Nancy Richardson Tennis Player
Con Covert Harry Pace
Eddie Hice Stunt
Rick Barker Stunt
Harry Wowchuk Stunt
Fred Scheiwiller Stunt
Michael Walters Stunt
Harry Hauss Helicopter Pilot
Rick Seaman Stunt
Keith Morris Actor

Technical Credits
Alex Cox Director,Screenwriter
Allen Alsobrook Production Manager
Lynda Burbank Art Director
Theda Deramus Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis E. Dolan Editor
J. Rae Fox Art Director
Roger George Special Effects
Tito Larriva Score Composer
Humberto Larriva Score Composer
Peter McCarthy Producer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Nesmith Executive Producer
Gerald T. Olson Associate Producer
Iggy Pop Score Composer,Songwriter
Henry Rollins Songwriter
Victoria Thomas Casting
Jonathan Wacks Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Main Titles [2:20]
2. Pullover [2:04]
3. Market Crash [3:48]
4. Used Otto [2:22]
5. Repo Men [:40]
6. Mom & Dad [5:25]
7. The Repo Code [2:06]
8. The Rodriguez Brothers [2:47]
9. Leila [4:30]
10. What's Really Goin' On [:07]
11. Otto Wrecked [6:46]
12. Shots in the Dark [2:39]
13. Duke in a Dress [6:30]
14. Hot Car [1:08]
15. Otto Chase [4:58]
16. Doin' Crimes [3:06]
17. Shoot & Run [1:30]
18. Ghost Car [:49]
19. A Little Spin [3:59]
20. End Credits [1:21]

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