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Criterion Collection: Repo Man [Blu-ray] [1984] [US Import]

Emilio Estevez , Harry Dean Stanton , Alex Cox    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Directors: Alex Cox
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A volatile, toxic potion of satire and nihilism, road movie and science fiction, violence and comedy, the unclassifiable sensibility of Alex Cox's Repo Man is the model and inspiration for a potent strain of post-punk American comedy that includes not only Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), but also early Coen brothers (Raising Arizona, in particular), Men in Black, and even (in a weird way) The X-Files. Otto, a baby-face punk played by Emilio Estevez, becomes an apprentice to Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), a coke-snorting, veteran repo-man-of-honour prowling the streets of a Los Angeles wasteland populated by hoods, wackos, burnouts, conspiracy theorists, and aliens of every stripe. It may seem chaotic at first glance, but there's a "latticework of coincidence" (as Tracey Walter puts it) underlying everything. Repo Man is a key American movie of the 1980s--just as Taxi Driver, Nashville, and Chinatown are key American movies of the '70s. With a scorching soundtrack that features Iggy Pop, Fear, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Suicidal Tendencies. --Jim Emerson

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
I grew up watching the fantastic BBC-TV programme 'Moviedrome', which was basically director Alex Cox introducing favourite films in his own quirky style including 'Something Wild','Carnival of Souls' & 'Django Kill!' I enjoyed Cox's own films, 'Sid and Nancy','Highway Patrolman' & the classic 'Walker' - but it's 'Repo Man' that remains my favourite work of his thus far...
The only film as odd as this to come out of a major Hollywood-studio was the same year's 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension'- which makes an ideal double-bill with this! 'Repo Man' is science-fiction, though science-fiction in a manner not unlike Jean-Luc Godard's 'Alphaville' (1965). As Godard's film used contemporary Paris as a future dystopia, so you get the feeling that Cox did the same to downtown-LA (the locale of its setting is often noted as an infleunce on 'Pulp Fiction', as well as Dennis Hopper's underrated 'Colors' & the charming 'Falling Down').
'Repo Man' offers an 80s-take on dystopia, a post-Reagonomic consumer-hell where dope-smoking baby-boomer parents are hypnotised by the TV, where nihilistic punks steal & where a strange man drives around with a neutron-bomb in the boot of his car, that the FBI are after as part of a wider UFO-conspiracy! Amid all this is Otto, your average punk-loser, who after his girlfriend cheats on him and he gets sacked from his supermarket job (note the way the products are labelled 'beer','london gin' etc- a conceit John Lydon nicked for PIL's 'Album' in 1986)- crossing paths with Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), who is a 'Repo Man'...
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3.0 out of 5 stars You're a white suburban punk just like me. 26 Mar 2008
There's no doubt that this film is worthy of cult status, and to many this is one of those all-time-classics. For me though, it's a good film, but doesn't quite hit the mark as a great film.

Some elements of the film are beautifully done; the generic packaging of food products, the bleak urban feel, and the seemingly apathy to violence and death make for a great dystopian atmosphere. This means that although the film is filmed/set in the 1980's, it has a futuristic look to it, almost like Mad Max.

The dystopia is developed further as the main characters have little or no ambition, whenever someone discusses what they want from life it's never anything more than committing crime or becoming a `fry chef' in a fast food place. The masses are pacified by television, brainwashed into giving money to the TV Evangelists. The radiation affected Parnell launches into an insane tirade, during which he mentions a friend who worked on the neutron bomb and how working on something so immoral can drive a man insane. This is dark, it's also a prod in the morals.

Other than Otto and Bud, the characters seem pretty two-dimensional, but they are entertaining. At one point there's a good camaraderie between the two, but the pathos seems to get lost somewhere and by the end of the film I cared little for any of the characters.

In a nutshell: Well worthy of a watch - you'll either love this film or you'll feel pretty neutral to it. I'm in the latter camp. There are some fantastic ideas, and these are often implemented in an understated way so as not to seem gimmicky or obvious. I appreciated what is being said, and I tend to agree, but I think it could have been said better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Life as a Repo Man is always intense." 1 Dec 2007
By Pallus the Phallus VINE VOICE
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A very young but convincing Emilio Estevez along with Larry Dean Stanton are both excellent this film. The story follows a (somewhat!) unlikely plot involving car thieves, drugs, a lobotomised scientist, the CIA and, of course, aliens. There is some romantic interest as well. And some great punks.

I can never get bored of this film and still squirm with glee at the best bits. The sound on the DVD isn't crystal-clear, and some of the humorous dialogue is easily missed. The Iggy Pop opening number is a proper stomper though.

I lent this to some friends who said they couldn't follow it and had to switch it off after 15 mins, so It's not for everyone.

But if you like wierd (and wonderful) stuff like Being John Malkovich, with a plot which there to be enjoyed rather than analysed, then this might just be up your alley.

"You know what kid? -You're all-right"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Repossess this ASAP! 3 July 2003
A DVD version of this grossly underrated cult film is long overdue. I managed to get my hands on an advance copy last week & I've watched it four times since.
Anyone reading this review is probably a fan so I wont go into too much detail about what happens, but for those new to the film here is a rundown of the events: The story follows geeky no-hoper Otto, a disenfranchised teen punk in 1980's America who takes a job as a car repossessor because he's broke. He ends up on the trail of a Chevy Malibu along with a host of other irreverent & interesting characters, the very people who give this film it's deadpan humour.
The film is intended to reflect the feeling of loneliness and alienation that a whole generation of Americans suffered under the Reagan administration and it is a complete success. Director Alex Cox uses distant camerawork & large sets, along with bizzare country & Western style music to great effect.
Emilio Estevez is perfect for the role of Otto, he acts with a real flippancy that many actors would struggle with. He is completely believable as the obtrusive and uncaring repo man and he tackles the role with the neccessary lack of enthusiasm. It is Harry Dean Stanton though who steals the show as the bitter and strung out Bud, a time-seved Repo Man who takes Otto under his wing. The supporting cast also add to the experience and provide many a good gag.
The DVD extras are the reason that this doesnt get 5* here. I was dissappointed with what was on offer, but dont let that put you off what is a brilliant film experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plate 'o shrimps..
Otto is working at the grocery when he loses his temper and quits. Befriended by a Repo Man, Otto sees vehicle repossession as a kind of modern buccaneering. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Repo Man...
...of course it gets 5 stars. If you have not seen Repo Man, get to it. If you have only seen Repo Man under ten times, you need to watch it another 50 before you can call yourself... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Helvin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Weird and wonderful sci-fi delight
Has always been one of my all time favourites and this steelbook blu-ray edition does not dissapoint. As near a perfect cult-movie out there!
Published 5 months ago by Dean Chittenden
5.0 out of 5 stars What Else Bar Brilliance
This has to be one of my favourite films. Alex Cox at his best and a movie jam packed with great performances from everyone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DAVID BLAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
'Repo Man' is one of those movies you just can't put your finger on. It's very odd and you'll be watching it with raised eyebrows at times. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jonas
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Theft Otto!
Otto, a jobless young man reluctantly takes a job as a Repo Man and goes in search of a mysterious Chevy Malibu with a glowing boot, worth a lot of dollars if repossessed, but they... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I just love this film. Alex Cox has created a wonderful period piece, although I'm sure back in the 80's that wasn't his intention! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Oldroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars TV version included is inspired - 200% funnier than the original - a...
Great to have both versions, but the "melon farmer" overdub eclipses the teenager-targeted swear-fest replacing standard 8th grade "street" profanity with really... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Helicopter Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite definitive Blu Ray
This review is for those of us who are longterm 'Repo Fans'.

Not only is this release very welcome as it presents the film in Hi Def, it also includes the US TV version,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephen E. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, let's go get sushi....and not pay
I've been a huge fan of this film since I first saw its debut on network television here in the UK in March 1989. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Geoffers
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