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Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Overview

Director David Byrne (of Talking Heads) takes an outside-looking-in glance at Texas and Texans in True Stories. Casting himself as the protagonist
arrator, Byrne adopts what he thinks is "standard" western garb and drives his red convertible into the small town of Virgil. Here he observes the town's preparations for celebrating Texas' sesquicentennial, taking time out to introduce us to several of the local oddballs. Swoosie Kurtz plays Miss Rollings, the Laziest Woman in the World; Alix Elias is The Cute Woman, who decorates her home in the most hideously "sweet" manner imaginable; John Goodman is talent-contest entrant Louis Fyne, who harbors dreams of being a C&W star; Spalding Gray is Earl Culver, a vegetable-obsessed civic leader; Jo Harvey Allen is The Lying Woman; and so it goes. The script by Southerners Byrne, Beth Henley and Steven Tobolowksy strives to avoid subtlety.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2018
UPC: 0715515223713
Original Release: 1986
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 64

Special Features

New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Byrne and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, supervised by Byrne New documentary about the film's production, featuring Byrne, Lachman, screenwriter Stephen Tobolowsky, executive producer Edward Pressman, coproducer Karen Murphy, fashion-show costume designer Adelle Lutz, casting director Victoria Thomas, consultant Christina Patoski, actor Jo Harvey Allen, and artist and songwriter Terry Allen CD containing the film's complete soundtrack, compiled here for the first time Real Life (1986), a short documentary by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel made on the set of the film No Time to Look Back, a new homage to Virgil, Texas, the fictional town where True Stories is set New documentary about designer Tibor Kalman and his influence on Byrne and work on the film, featuring Byrne and artist Maira Kalman, Tibor's widow Deleted scenes Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Byrne Narrator
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 Actor
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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