True Stories

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David Byrne's quirky directorial debut True Stories comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles accessible on this release. There are no supplemental features. Fans of this cult film will be happy to have it on DVD, but the lack of extras, especially considering they could have included the video for Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life," is a disappointment.
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David Byrne's quirky directorial debut True Stories comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles accessible on this release. There are no supplemental features. Fans of this cult film will be happy to have it on DVD, but the lack of extras, especially considering they could have included the video for Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life," is a disappointment.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The opening sequence of True Stories concerns a history of a fictional town in a humorous mix of footage detailing the humble beginnings of the Indians' wide open prairie land up until the building of major expressways. Whether or not to like this kind of comedy depends on one's tolerance for the deadpan humor of David Byrne and the music of his band the Talking Heads. Supposedly composed of actual stories from supermarket tabloids, these character snippets create an exaggerated exposé of American life. Nothing is really true about the town of Virgil, TX; it seems more like a creation of what a big city college rock musician thinks of average American quirks. Luckily, that big city college rock musician is David Byrne, who narrates the film from a properly outsider perspective wearing cartoonish Western garb and addressing the audience directly from his cherry red convertible. John Goodman also looks right into the camera, and he does amazingly well with the amount of screen time his stereotyped character is given. Fans of the Talking Heads will most likely enjoy the moments of spontaneous music videos -- especially their hit "Wild Wild Life" -- as well as the other musical interludes of fake elevator music and odd sounds from collaborator Meredith Monk. Those that can appreciate Byrne's creative costuming and musings on things like the role of architecture in commercial culture will probably like True Stories, many others may find its heavy-handed artistic agenda to be stifling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • UPC: 085391165422
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Byrne Voice Only
John Goodman Louis Fyne
Swoosie Kurtz Miss Rollings
Spalding Gray Earl Culver
Alix Elias Cute Woman
Annie McEnroe Kay Culver
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Mr. Tucker
Umberto Larriva Ramon
John Ingle Preacher
Jo Harvey Allen The Lying Woman
Matthew Posey Computer Guy
Richard Downlearn Larry Culver
Amy Buffington Linda Culver
Capucine de Wulf The Little Girl on the Road
Chris Douridas Ventriloquist
L.T. Felty Duck Hunter
Jerry Harrison Lip-Syncher
Christopher Johnson Mr. Tucker's Son
Liz Moore Teenage Girl in Field
Frank Smith Man in Church
Rex Taylor Smith Member of Air Band
Scott Valentine Member of Air Band
Tina Weymouth Lip-Syncher
Chris Frantz
Andrew Barach Laughing Headline Reader #1
Ed Geldart Grandfather in Mall
Technical Credits
David Byrne Director, Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Terry Allen Songwriter
Jeffrey Barnes Songwriter
Susan Beeson Set Decoration/Design
Caroline Biggerstaff Editor
Carl Finch Songwriter
Beth Henley Screenwriter
Steven Jordan Songwriter
Gary Kurfirst Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Adelle Lutz Costumes/Costume Designer
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Dee McCandless Choreography
Gene Menger Choreography
Meredith Monk Songwriter, Choreography
Karen Murphy Co-producer
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Talking Heads Score Composer
Stephen Tobolowsky Screenwriter
Zuzuca Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Jump to a Scene
1. The little girl on the road (Road Song). [1:44]
2. A history of Texas (Freeway Son). [3:39]
3. The world of Varicorp. [3:26]
4. Louis Fyne's story. [2:03]
5. Freeway interlude (Freeway Son). [1:50]
6. Trouble with the ladies (Cocktail Desperado). [2:39]
7. Wild Wild Life. [3:28]
8. Miss Rollings. [2:24]
9. Shopping is a feeling. [3:36]
10. Fashion show (Dream Operator). [5:01]
11. The lying woman. [1:22]
12. Breath of fresh air. [2:36]
13. Dinner with the Culvers (Dinner Music). [4:31]
14. Puzzling Evidence. [6:04]
15. Stately homes of Virgil. [2:07]
16. Children's chorus (Hey Now). [1:32]
17. Architechture; channel surfing (Love for Sale). [4:37]
18. 844-wife. [1:00]
19. Louis' sad song. [3:38]
20. A Mercado Juarez (Soy de Tejas). [2:08]
21. Mr. Tucker's help. [4:01]
22. Specialness on parade. [4:12]
23. A Texas joke. [1:50]
24. The big show. [2:38]
26. Tucker's vibes; Radio Head. [3:55]
27. Musical spell: Papa Legba. [3:18]
28. People like Us. [1:49]
29. "The bear is staying with me;" only by forgetting. [4:58]
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Side #1 --
      End credits (City of Dreams).
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