Arguably the defining cult film of the Reagan era, the feature debut of Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy
, Straight to Hell
) is a genre-busting mash-up of atomic-age science fiction, post-punk anarchism, and conspiracy paranoia, all shot through with heavy doses of deadpan humour and offbeat philosophy.
After quitting his dead-end supermarket job, young punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is initiated as a "repo man" after a chance encounter with automobile repossessor Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). An illicit, high-voltage life follows, including an adrenalised search for a mysterious '64 Chevy Malibu loaded with radioactive and extragalactic cargo...
With an iconic soundtrack (Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies), stunning Robby Müller cinematography, and iconoclastic direction, Repo Man
remains one of the great debuts of the 1980s.
Voted by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top-ten best cult films ever, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a definitive, director-approved Blu-ray on 20 February 2012. SPECIAL DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY FEATURES:
- New high-definition master in the original aspect ratio 1.85:1
- Original mono soundtrack and 5.1 remix, both in DTS-HD Master Audio
- English SDH subtitles on the main feature
- Isolated music and effects track
- Audio commentary with Cox and executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora
- All-new 2012 video piece by Cox offering further thoughts on the film
- Repo Man (entire TV version) this legendary variant, prepared by Cox for network television, incorporates deleted material and surreal overdubs in place of profanity
- Repossessed a retrospective video piece on the making of the film, featuring Cox, producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks, and actors Del Zamora, Sy Richardson, and Dick Rude
- The Missing Scenes a roundtable viewing of deleted scenes from the film with Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, real-life neutron bomb inventor Sam Cohen, and character "J. Frank Parnell"
- Harry Zen Stanton an extended interview with the legendary actor
- Original theatrical trailer
- A 44-page full colour booklet specially created by Cox, entitled The Repo Code and incorporating all manner of Repo ephemera
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,
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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