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Mystery Train/Night On Earth/Dead Man [DVD]

Screamin' Jay Hawkins , Masatoshi Nagase , Jim Jarmusch    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Masatoshi Nagase, Joe Strummer, Youki Kudoh, Cinque Lee
  • Directors: Jim Jarmusch
  • Producers: Jim Jarmusch, Demetra J. MacBride
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHOBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Triple bill of movies directed by Jim Jarmusch. In 'Mystery Train' (1989), a sleazy downtown motel in Memphis, Tennessee provides the stopping off point for three very different groups of people: a rock 'n' roll obsessed Japanese couple paying a visit to Elvis' home, Graceland; a beautiful Italian widow who has a surprise encounter with the 'King' himself; and an inept gang of thugs seeking refuge in the hotel after a liquor store robbery. 'Night On Earth' (1991) tells five separate stories which all happen on the same night in five different taxis driving through five cities around the world: a Hollywood casting agent feels her age in L.A.; a learner cabbie, who is a former circus clown, drives through Harlem carrying two arguing passengers; a blind woman (Beatrice Dalle) disorientates her driver in Paris; a non-believer (Roberto Benigni) finds a dead bishop in his back seat in Rome; and a driver in Helsinki and his passengers swap melancholy stories. Finally, in 'Dead Man' (1995), in 19th Century America, William Blake (Johnny Depp) travels West to take up a position at Dickinson's metal works, only to find that the vacancy has already been filled. A series of chaotic and violent confrontations leave Blake wounded, but he is befriended by a native American named Nobody (Gary Farmer), who takes him on a spiritual journey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Three of Jarmusch`s most accessible works 4 Dec 2009
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
It`s fair to say that compared to Jim Jarmusch Collection Vol.1 [DVD] [1980] this is certainly going to appeal to a broader audience. The three films on Vol.1 are slightly harder work to anyone unfamiliar with his work, but I wouldn`t say they are more rewarding for that; I think the three films showcased here, MYSTERY TRAIN, NIGHT ON EARTH and DEAD MAN, are absolutely superb; possibly only the last of these three is less than perfect cinematically but you are treated to the superb soundtrack from one of my favourite musicians, Neil Young, and a stellar cast.

Night On Earth was the first Jarmusch film I saw, and I thought it was breathtaking and still do. Five taxi drivers and their various pick-ups in five different cities is a brilliant premise, and I can`t recommend it highly enough, beginning with the Winona Ryder skit in LA, to the comedic brilliance of Armin Mueller-Stahl in NY, to the blind girl and taxi driver`s conversation in Paris. Mystery Train is loads of fun, and it`s tied up so well at the end, with some sublime moments of silence where Jarmusch allows the camera to do all the talking...something he is probably better, more confident, and more competent at doing than any other modern director. The young Japanese couple are so watchable. Dead Man is surely the only acid western in existence, shot in black and white, with Johnny Depp starring and assisted by some brilliant cameos, particularly from a terrifyingly insane Robert Mitchum.

A brilliant introduction to Jim Jarmusch, and for my money, he`s never made better films than these three (although it`s definitely worth checking out Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers and Coffee and Cigarettes too).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection 9 Dec 2012
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You may or may not like this collection. In my view, the great strength of Mr Jarmusch is that he creates moments and passages that are very difficult to forget. His weakness is he doesn't create tight plots. Therefore there are some developments that are not clearly explained and many issues that are left in ambiguity. My favourites in this collection are Dead Man and Night on Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's William Blake ? 19 Dec 2012
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I won't review these three films as others have done so perfectly but i would like to sum up my experience of viewing Jim Jarmusch's films for the first time. As i have already said in my review of THE JIM JARMUSCH COLLECTION VOL 1 the director takes to places you wouldnt normally visit in real life or in motion picture. This is true again with Mystery Train and Night on Earth (i cant really include Dead Man as its set in the past and although the 'Wild West' has been done to death this is a different beast entirely !!) I would also say these three films are probably more accessible compared to Vol 1 but are still left of mainstream so still more for the indie crowd but i would imagine dead man could hold most peoples attention.
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