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Paris, Texas [1984] [DVD]

Harry Dean Stanton , Nastassja Kinski , Wim Wenders    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Sam Berry, Bernhard Wicki
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Writers: L.M. Kit Carson, Sam Shepard
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman, Chris Sievernich, Don Guest, Pascale Dauman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HCOP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Something like a perfect artistic union is achieved in the major components of Paris, Texas: the twang of Ry Cooder's guitar, the lonely light of Robbie Muller's camera, the craggy landscape of Harry Dean Stanton's face. In his greatest role, longtime character actor Stanton plays a man brought back to his old life after wandering in the desert (or somewhere) for four years. He has a 7-year-old son to get to know, and his wife has gone missing. The material is much in the wanderlust spirit of director Wim Wenders, working from a script by Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. If the long climactic conversation between Stanton and Nastassja Kinski renders the movie uneven and slightly inscrutable, it's hard to think of a more fitting ending--and besides, the achingly empty American spaces stick longer in the memory than the dialogue. Winner of the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. --Robert Horton

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Harry Dean Stanton stars as Travis Clay Henderson, an errant husband who reappears in the middle of an American desert after an absence of four years. His brother (Dean Stockwell) picks him up and Travis slowly begins to retrace the paths of his old life, getting to know his seven-year-old son Hunter, and going in search of his ex-wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski), who is now working in a peepshow. Directed by Wim Wenders from a screenplay by Sam Shepard, and featuring a soundtrack by Ry Cooder.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Blu from Axiom 16 Feb 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is specifically a review of the blu ray release from Axiom Films. The transfer presented here is the one of the best I have seen of a 1980's film released in the UK as yet. The colour saturation throughout is terrific while the 5.1 master soundtrack featuring Ry Cooder's magnificent score has never sounded better or clearer. On top of that, there are plenty of extras, and a very nice booklet. Axiom also deserve credit for a beautifully designed sleeve that fans of the film will be thrilled with - and all this in a slimline case as well, which I personally prefer. Altogether a very classy release - more please Axiom! Region B-locked.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant dvd release 19 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
Possibly the best dvd release so far of the gorgeous Paris, Texas. The 16:9 anamorphic picture looks great on a widescreen TV. Theres a directors commentary, deleted scenes also with a commentary, home movies and Cannes film festival footage. So a sizeable and strong extras package. There's also a gorgeous 24 booklet include printed on heaystock paper throughout - it's really well designed with good photos and (previously printed) articles. There's even a Sam Shepherd short story! It does say the booklet is limited edition and is well worth having so do make note! An excellant releae from Axiom Films who'll I'll be keeping an eye out for!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Magnificent, Aurally Haunting.... 10 Feb 2003
By South Londoner VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
What an impressive film! Every frame is a carefully positioned artwork! The colours are unearthly and fantastic! Ry Cooders haunting score rolls around in your head, like a tumbleweed, for days after you see this movie... At over 2 hours though, one needs to be in the right frame of mind to approach this film. The plot is slow, and simple, but the beauty is in the way it depicts our painful human existence and the mistakes we make along the way.
Now when are we going to get other Wim Wenders classics like 'Faraway, So Close' on region 2 dvd?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Lyrical, Poetic... 4 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
These words do not even begin to describe this film.
It it one that stays with you, one that you think about long after it has finished.
The photography from Robby Muller is beautiful.
The music from Ry Cooder is perfect, and has spawned countless imitations.
The performances of Harry Dean Stanton, Natassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson and Aurore Clement are faultless.
The script, from Sam Shephard and L M Kit Carson, is a meandering journey through cities and landscapes and lives.
But above all, it is the faultless direction from Wim Wenders that makes this film so special. We find here a director at the height of his powers, creating a film specific in its time and place, yet universal in its resonance.
This film was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984. Watch it, and see why.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD at last, but spoiled by technical flaws 7 Sep 2002
Format:DVD
I first saw this movie in 1985 at The Screen on Baker Street, and I still remember that the soundtrack was turned up painfully loud. Nevertheless, I loved the movie and I have watched it countless times since on VHS. Strange, then, to find that the long-awaited DVD issue also has major problems with the soundtrack. Nevertheless, whilst my first instinct was to send this the way of the broken R2 Blade Runner DVD (i.e. back to the shop), I persevered and decided to keep the disc after all.
Specifically, then. My ecstasy at finding a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack on the DVD was short-lived because, despite Ry Cooder's beautiful stereo backing to the menus, the original soundtrack has NOT been remixed from the original recording. It looks like a quieter version of the existing soundtrack has merely been piped out of the rear speakers, drawing us a little bit further into the experience. HOWEVER, none of this even matters because the movie is unwatchable with the Dolby Digital soundtrack because the lipsync is completely broken.
Thankfully, there is a workaround: the Dolby Stereo soundtrack DOES lipsync correctly and hence redeems what would otherwise have been an outrageous, not to say extremely disappointing, fiasco. Luckily the only other significant flaw - a vertical yellow line at the left-hand side of the image during the opening desert scene - disappears after a few minutes. I assume this was a flaw in the print, although it seems odd that it couldn't have been corrected digitally. The strange green colour casts in several interior and night scenes looked odd at first, but the director's commentary explained that these were deliberate and I can only assume that the VHS release to which I'd gotten used had been colour-corrected to some degree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning on blu-ray 20 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The picture and sound (via a home theatre surround system, which is a must to appreciate the sublime Ry Cooder soundtrack) presented here for this almost 30 year old film blew me away. Simply superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you have arrived here, well you know who Wim Wendres is and what about his great film "Paris, Texas".
Some additional information: no subtitles available, except the HOH English ones and no more "gorgeous 24 booklet" ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of this classic Americana film “Paris, Texas” (complete with sublime Ry Cooder music). And the BLU RAY has long been available in the States and several other territories. But which issue do you buy if you live in Blighty?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon. So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the Axiom Issue from 2013 is REGION B - so that will play on UK machines (and it uses the same cleanly restored elements).

So check your player’s region coding acceptability if you want the pricier Criterion release (which is said to have a stunning transfer)...if not…opt for the UK released BLU RAY at a far healthier price…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paris, Texas [DVD] Harry Dean Stanton
Well what can one say about sheer beguiling brilliance of Wim Wenders. the story behind the film is quite simple (a lost brother who is found), but it is the sheer majesty of Harry... Read more
Published 2 months ago by skimmity
4.0 out of 5 stars The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner
Wim Wenders’ cult movie sees a grizzled Harry Dean Stanton play Travis, a man who wanders out of the desert after being missing for four years, and who appears to have almost total... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
3.0 out of 5 stars great music
Wonderful music and cinematography. Couldn't empathise with protagonist but an absorbing if slow story. A quite unique movie that is memorable.
Published 3 months ago by michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a good film
I first saw this decades ago, and recently bought this again. The soundtrack is justly famous, the film is the nearest the US comes to art house, and Harry Dean Stanton is perfect... Read more
Published 4 months ago by N. Tuson
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant film and a great Blu Ray purchase
Brilliant version of the film. It looks and sounds amazing on blu ray - right from the cinematic and musically brilliant opening scene. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Douglas Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris, Texas- great buy!
Speedy delivery. Great condition. Fab film! This was a gift for somebody and it arrived in good time and they thoroughly enjoyed the film
Published 6 months ago by Ester
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, sad, beautiful, believable
Like life, I love the slowly unwinding plot/account in this. I refuse to spoilt for you further. Very clever in its denouement. Interesting and open minded characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lightwolf
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless
i was sceptical of blu-ray but this has been one of the films that has changed my mind.

the sound and picture are so clear that they bring out nuances in the acting i... Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Veldon
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Sunday afternoon film
I bought this Blu-ray to replace my DVD copy, the change to Blu-ray makes it look like your watching a new film because you notice details that you hadn't seen before, so I can... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr C. Taft
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