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Dead Man [DVD] [1996]


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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott
  • Directors: Jim Jarmusch
  • Writers: Jim Jarmusch
  • Producers: Demetra J. MacBride, Karen Koch
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: AV Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2005
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCSEJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,564 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This disappointment from Jim Jarmusch stars Johnny Depp in a mystery Western about a 19th-century accountant named William Blake, who spends his last coin getting to a hellish mud town in Texas and ends up penniless and doomstruck in the wilderness. A benevolent if goofy Native American (Gary Farmer) takes an interest in guiding Blake on a quest for identity in his earthly journey, but the film is really just a string of endless shtick about inbred woodsmen, dumb lawmen, and a trio of irritable killers. With Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, Alfred Molina, and a noodling soundtrack by Neil Young. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By lifestartstrabane@supanet.com on 18 Aug. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Dead Man is a triumph of cinematography. Jim Jarmusch has created an excellent vehicle for Johnny Depp [William Blake} who is cast as an offbeat innocent drawn into a world where life is cheap and he must delve into the depths of his humanity for survival. Beautifully filmed in Monochome which adds to the atmosphere and enriches the characters and scenic landscape of the old west. Cameo performances from Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop etc. add the mood and strangeness of this film. Gary Farmer [Nobody], excellent as the indian who befriends Depp and leads him towards his final destiny. The final poignant scenes are both visually beautiful and moving aided by a wonderfully haunting soundtrack by Neil Young which will live long in the memory after the film is over. Depp fans will love this as he is at his best and will watch this one again and again. Highly recommended. B Lynch.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2001
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The critics who panned this film obviously missed the point. They label 'Dead Man' a "revisionist
counter culture western," which deconstructs the genre, reminiscent of some of the more eccentric westerns of the 1970's. Perhaps they feel justified in their role if they can put something into a box and then criticise it for not fitting into the contraints they themselves have placed it in?
This film is simply about the journey - actual and spiritual, of Johnny Depp's character who is changed forever by the people he meets on the way.
Ultimately though, the film is about death. Death of innocence, death of identity, and finally, bodily death. Shot entirely in monochrome, with a poignant soundtrack by Neil Young, there are some great cameo appearances throughout and some superb acting, as ever, by Michael Wincott as Conway Twill.
If you don't bring any pretensions to this movie, you will not come away disappointed. It proves that sometimes, the simplest concepts are beautiful because they are simple, and that sometimes, stories don't need to be told for any other reason than to be enjoyed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2002
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Ignore the critics review, to call this film a disappointment is to have missed the point. The first time I saw it, I too thought it a disappointment but then I happened upon it again some time later and saw it in a completely different light.
The film is a slightly surreal yet deeply atmospheric look at innocence and experience (get the references to William Blakes poetry) and also takes in issues of spirituality as well as giving an alternative vision of the Western frontier. Gary Farmer is marvellous as 'Nobody' and Johnny Depp provides his usual powerful screen presence. Great soundrack, great cameos too.
I don't think I have the words to say how brilliant this film is. Other than from from time to time a film comes along that catches your imagination and something deep within you. These are rare occasions but this is one such occassion. Dead Man really is head and shoulders above so much else.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2001
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Johnny Depp is a dead man. With a bullet lodged next to his heart he is unaware that his fate is sealed, however an indian who prefers to be called Nobody recognises his predicament and, mistaking him for his hero (poet William Blake), sets about helping him get back to the mystical realm where he belongs. Don't be misled on this one by reviewers who try to make out that the film is somehow a languishing turkey with a flimsy score and no plot. They haven't understood it and probably didn't even watch all the way to the end. It's no formulaic action-adventure but a well-told, thoughtful story about accepting your fate and getting on with it. The only real disappointment is Iggy Pop desperately attempting to act. But the sheer authenticity of Gary Farmer as Depp's self-appointed saviour is by itself a reason to buy this film. (He reprises the role as a cameo in 'Ghost Dog'). A great moment in cinema. Buy it, Watch it, Love it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "hlawton6" on 11 Nov. 2004
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Having read many reviews, clearly this is a film you either love or loath. Personaly I love it, this is my fourth copy, the others got borrowed! I wanted to add as people appear to have missed the point that there is a very humorous theme to the film. It exploits different film genres, from the 1960's parody of the British northern working class 'James Mason', Blakes arrival at the 'factory' is magical, through to Monty Python. This was never ever a serious film, though it is haunting and hypnotic in places, and how can anyone get bored with that Neil Young soundtrack, which he played live whilst watching the film. It is post modern, post modernism, turn the lights down low, open a few beers, chill and enjoy it for what it is, see it again and you will alomost be watching a different film, and enjoy the parody, it can be hilarious!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. C. Stone VINE VOICE on 10 July 2008
Format: DVD
This is one of the most unique pieces of cinema I've ever had the pleasure on encountering. It is not dream 'like', it is as near you can get to dreaming without being asleep. And what a dream. Beautiful and haunting but brutal, insane but real. The William Blake reference is not just used to stick on some mystical aphorisms - Johnny Depps character could come straight from a Blake prophetic book, and big themes such as body and soul, when life begins and ends, innocence and experience sit on your shoulder - whilst you are engrossed and entertained by the wit, strangeness and vision before you.
I've never felt closer to a truly different world-view than in this film - it shows the european savages for what they are. And the blakean visionary view and the American native sense of of place in the universe somehow become the same thing. Do not underestimate this - it's not flippant or tricksy, or deliberately weird or cult, it is a detailed, visionary, brilliant work of art.
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