Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

John Lurie
Director: Jim Jarmusch Cast: John Lurie
John Lurie
, Eszter Balint
Eszter Balint
, Richard Edson
Richard Edson
Jim Jarmusch

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White)

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Jim Jarmusch's breakthrough film, a one-of-a-kind comedy about a trio of low-rent bohemians and their lackadaisical adventures through America, gets a definitive home video presentation in this DVD release from the Criterion Collection. Created with the active participation of Jarmusch (and officially approved by the director), Stranger Than Paradise has been given a widescreen transfer to disc in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. Tom DiCillo's camerawork has never looked better than it does on this disc, and while the black and white images still lean to the grainy and murky side, the widescreen transfer flatters his intelligent framings and makes the most of the film's purposefully grimy look. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and sounds good, though the limitations of the location recordings occasionally become evident. The dialogue is in English (except for the occasional Hungarian rants from Aunt Lotte), and the disc includes no multiple language options, though optional English subtitles have been included. Disc two of this set is devoted to bonus material, the most notable item being the first North American DVD release of Jarmusch's little-seen debut film, 1980's Permanent Vacation, which looks a bit more polished than Stranger Than Paradise (if for no other reason than it's in color). Also included is a German television documentary on Jarmusch (which devotes equal time to Permanent Vacation and Stranger Than Paradise), behind-the-scenes Super-8 footage taken by Tom Jarmusch (Jim's brother) from the Cleveland shooting schedule, American and Japanese trailers for Stranger Than Paradise, and a gallery of snapshots from location scouting trips. The handsome booklet includes an essay by Jarmusch on Stranger Than Paradise, appreciations of the film by J. Hoberman and Geoff Andrew, and a short piece on Permanent Vacation by Luc Sante, followed by a longer meditation from the same author on pre-gentrification New York City. Stranger Than Paradise was a watershed work in the early inning of the American independent film movement, and this DVD set beautifully captures its qualities, as well as the idiosyncratic talent that helped Jarmusch become a major American filmmaker over the decades that followed.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2007
UPC: 0715515024020
Original Release: 1984
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 938

Special Features

Disc One: ; New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch; ; Disc Two:; Permanent Vacation (1980, 75 minutes), Jarmusch's first full-length feature, presented in a new, restored high-definiton digital transfer, supervised by the director; Kino '84: Jim Jarmusch, a 1984 German television program featuring interviews with cast and crew from Stranger Than Paradise and Permanent Vacation; Some Days in January 1984, a behind-the-scenes Super 8 film by Tom Jarmusch; Location scouting photos; U.S. and Japanese trailers; Plus: a booklet featuring Jarmusch's 1984 "Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise," Geoff Andrew and J. Hoberman on Stranger Than Paradise, and Luc Sante on Permanent Vacation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Lurie Willie
Eszter Balint Eva
Richard Edson Eddie
Cecillia Stark Aunt Lottie
Danny Rosen Billy
Rammellzee Man with Money
Paul Sloane Motel Owner
Richard Boes Factory Worker
Harvey Perr Poker player
Brian J. Burchill Poker player
Sara Driver Girl with Hat
Tom Docillo Airline Agent
Rockets Redglare Poker Player

Technical Credits
Jim Jarmusch Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Guido Chiesa Production Designer
Tom DiCillo Cinematographer
Sara Driver Producer
Sam Edwards Production Designer
Otto Grokenberger Executive Producer
Tom Jarmusch Production Designer
Drew Kunin Score Composer
Melody London Editor
John Lurie Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stranger Than Paradise
1. The New World [5:28]
2. Ten Days [5:46]
3. "I've Been Winning" [10:43]
4. An Ugly Dress [8:15]
5. One Year Later [3:41]
6. "Which Way Is Cleveland?" [3:19]
7. Aunt Lotte's House [6:55]
8. Hot Dog Stand [2:29]
9. Date Night [4:01]
10. "Everything Looks Just the Same" [2:23]
11. The Big Lake [4:22]
12. Paradise [4:56]
13. Real Tourists [3:16]
14. "I've Got a Good Feeling" [3:48]
15. The Name of the Game [8:04]
16. "You the Freak, Right?" [5:41]
17. Back to Budapest [6:04]
Disc #2 -- Stranger Than Paradise: Permanent Vacation and Supplements
1. From Here to Here [7:13]
2. Just Like Charlie Parker [6:05]
3. The Drift [9:21]
4. Life During Wartime [7:03]
5. Visit With Mom [4:31]
6. Walking [6:33]
7. At the Movies [6:45]
8. Vibrating, Bugged-Out Sound [7:53]
9. Hot Ride [4:48]
10. Skipping Town [7:35]
11. A Certain Kind of Tourist [6:59]

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