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  • Actors: Peter Boyle, Sy Richardson, Christopher Eccleston, Dennis Hopper, Migual Sandoval
  • Directors: Alex Cox
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8TJBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,237 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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STRAIGHT TO HELL + DEATH AND THE COMPASS
A film by Alex Cox

Straight to Hell
A team of inept hitmen (Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer and Dick Rude) oversleep on the day of their big job and find their target has already fled town. Fearing reprisals from their boss (Jim Jarmusch) they pull a bank job and escape into the desert with Richardson's pregnant girlfriend (Courtney Love). When their car breaks down they seek shelter in a ghost town inhabited by the McMahons (The Pogues, Biff Yeager), a murderous and incestuous clan of gun-crazy coffee addicts.

Filmed, and occasionally written, on location in Spain, Alex Cox's glorious anarchic homage to the Spaghetti Western is a surreal forerunner of Tarantino's films, and has all an all-star cast including Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Elvis Costello and Kathy Burke.

Extras
Back to Hell (interviews with cast and crew
Audio commentary by director Alex Cox and co-writer Dick Rude

Spain, UK | 1987 | colour | English language, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 83 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.77:1 | Region 2 DVD

Death and the Compass
In a totalitarian metropolis of the future, Erik Lonnrot (Peter Boyle), a gifted detective, investigates a series of strange murders and disappearances that seem to implicate the insane crime lord Red Scarlach. Enlisting the help of Alonso Zunz (Christopher Eccleston), a principled journalist, Lonnrot believes that he has uncovered a labyrinthine occult conspiracy. However has the investigator's brilliance merely precipitated his own destruction

As narrated by the haunted and embittered Treviranus (Cox regular Miguel Sandoval), Death and the Compass is a deliciously dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Capturing the density of Borges writing, Cox eschews linearity, adopting a fascinating approach to time that replicates the investigative process. Using many of the cast and crew from Highway Patrolman, Cox and cinematographer Migual Garzon also make effective and malevolent use of an unrecognisable Mexico City. Originally commissioned as a teleplay by the BBC to mark the 500th anniversary of the Spanish Invasion of the New World, this surely ranks amongst Cox's most ambitious and inspired undertakings

Extras
Audio commentary by director Alex Cox and composer Dan Wool
Paul Miller's Spiderweb: short film of the same story

Japan, Mexico, UK | 1996 | colour | English language, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 83 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.77:1 | Region 2 DVD

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Mclean on 1 Sept. 2009
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Ok, first this is solely a review of Straight to Hell, as I still have to watch the second helping of Cox that is Death & the Compass.

The inclusion in this film of a conga line of bandits and assorted miscreants dancing to a song about hot dogs should be enough to give a reasonable impression of what to expect. General film making statutes and expectations are hysterically blown assunder, more so than the likes of Tarantino, and others who still work within Hollywood confines despite their protestations of 'originality' would dare. OK the general absurdity of this maelstrom of unravelling chaos may border from a homage to Spaghetti westerns into a parody of them, but let us remember the film title. This IS a plummet right into Hell, as only Alex Cox could maybe envisage: a 'Lord of the Flies' grown up where all the misfits and outcasts or society converge and live in their own 'Mad Max' style world - amidst some gorgeously barren and ruined scenery. Strangers are viewed as threats, then welcomed, then distrusted again, often resulting in being randomly shot. Yet striving through it all is a ridiculous humour highlighting that films, like life itself, contains the improbable, impossible and the insane.

What else would you expect from a film starring The Pogues?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merlin's Owl on 17 Oct. 2011
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Movies tend to get stuck in a formula; "they are just products, a recipe that works once and then you do it again and again." (Sylvain Chomet)
Alex Cox's films are quite original. It takes courage to be different, to stick to a vision and to not always make sense. The temptation to fall back on convention and cliche is strong.
The roll-call of musicians (and film-makers) that were attracted to Mr Cox's vision is testament to the vitality and fun of his film-making. Can you imagine Joe Strummer, Grace Jones, Courteney Love, Elvis Costello, Jim Jarmusch, Dennis Hopper and Shane MacGowan being attracted to work with Leonard Nimmoy who's 3 Men and a Baby was the top grossing film of 1987?
Actually, that sounds like it would have been a good project...
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By RT Stansfield on 22 Oct. 2014
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straight to hell is a great cult movie
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. Panin on 15 Jun. 2010
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with all respect for the casting, boasting Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello etcetra, and perhaps the good intentions of the director, this one makes no sense. You can call it creativity, maddness, oddity or else, but THERE muste BE a minimm of sense in a movie. Watch it only if you are sick in bed and cannot move to replace the DVD in your player.
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