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  • Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, Aurore Clement, Hunter Carson
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman, Pascale Dauman, Don Guest, Chris Sievernich
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: Axiom
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015FWJSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,004 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Coastal J on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2014
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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Sturdy on 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 By South Londoner VINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2003
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2002
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
This film totally blew me away when first I saw it. It's so beautiful, melancholy, and intense.

The acting is uniformly brilliant, by all concerned: Harry Dean Stanton is fantastic as the taciturn and troubled Travis, whilst Dean Stockwell and Aurore Clément are great as the more normal, decent and caring couple, Walt and Anne Henderson, with Hunter Carson as the adorable little Hunter Henderson. Nastassja Kinski is suitably mesmerising as the elusive and errant Jane.

Wenders' cinematographer Robby Müller is a genius with a camera, and would later help Jim Jarmusch create cinematic magic on films such as Down By Law and Mystery Train. This film is starkly beautiful. The slow moving moodiness, enhanced by a superbly bleak bottleneck slide guitar soundtrack by Ry Cooder, gives the movie a unique and very powerful feel.

Personally I can't praise this film highly enough, it's right up there for me, amongst my all time favourites. It's not every day watching by any means. But if you like your films to have the intensity and power of great art, then this might well be for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren Wilson on 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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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hurst on 7 Sept. 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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