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Stranger Than Paradise [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792846834
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,281 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Petrides Antonis on 14 Nov. 2003
It is quite possible that somebody might say they have never seen a more slow, uneventful and seemingly uninteresting film in their lives than Strangers in Paradise. It is true that throughout the film nothing really 'happens'. Strangers than Paradise demolishes all presuppositions about narrative and plot, even the minimal expectations one might have from a road movie. Yet it manages to make a point, partly because of its alluring cinematography (the serenity of the snowy landscape weighs on you unbearably), partly because of the distancing effect of the dubbing and partly because of the brilliantly performed characters, whose indifferent, tired faces captivate. This is a story about the American dream and about non-belonging. For those who were mesmerised by the obviousness of American Beauty, Strangers than Paradise will be a total anticlimax. For me, it worked.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct. 2000
Its all black and white, tv diners and howling wolf, day trips into the fog, jet planes flying overhead, bringing with them that strange Hungarian relative who just can't stay. But your best friend thinks she's cool, and my god, do we have to go and visit Aunt Lottie - I mean who's the tourist here? Jim Jarmusch's minimalist classic just gets better, buy it, keep it, watch it with the one you love - It reminds you how just how cool filmmaking can be. Jarmusch tells it straight with a twist, paving the way for the film that made him - "Mystery Train" and mapping out the journeys of "Night on Earth", "Dead Man" and "Ghost Dog". Tom deCillo keeps it crisp with stunning camera work, and the cast shine throughout. Its got a spell on you.
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By G Man on 23 Mar. 2015
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A beautifully shot film presented in a series of short scenes mainly involving the interactions of the three main actors ( although actually played by musicians). Down and out in New York, wanna be professional gamblers Willie and Eddie, get their small world and small aspirationtions temporarily interrupted by the arivel of Willie's cousin from Hungry, Eva, who has to stay in Willie's tiny apartment. At first nothing more than an annoyance to Willie but after Eva steals him his favorite TV dinner he begins to warm to her and after she leaves to live with her aunt Lotte in Cleveland, Willie and Eddie decided to gamble till they have enough money to visit her, the film becomes a road movie and the unlikely threesome look towards a brighter future.
The mimilistic direction from Jim Jarmusch pioneered the independent film scene which later had an impact on the likes of Kevin Smith, Richard Linklater and later Wes Aderson to name a few.
A bitter sweet tale of friendship and the down trodden makes for an engaging watch that leaves you wanting more.
Also look out for cameos by the notorious Rockets Redglare and the inspirational Hip Hop/graffiti artist and alround crazy guy, Rammellzee.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nobody VINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
"Stranger Than Paradise" directed by Jim Jarmusch is a triumph of independent film-making and is a product his influences. It would be difficult to imagine other films like "Slacker" (Linklater, 1991) or "Drugstore Cowboy" (Van Sant,1989) without it. Jarmusch's influences are clearly evident in "Stranger Than Paradise" drawing from the neo-realism of Vittorio De Sica as well as Dreyer, Ozu, Bergman, Bresson and Antonioni while never really entering into their angst-ridden territory. There is no evident anxiety in these characters but rather what would one would have to regard as a pre-slacker boredom. There seems to be a underlying comic element to these observations of American popular culture as viewed from an outsider perspective that gives it an endearing quality. This is a world where Screaming Jay Hawkins, Grindhouse movies, TV dinners and hipster beat cool replace the existential anxieties of those afore mentioned directors but utilise the visual style instead to achieve its objective. I am also reminded a bit of the Direct Cinema of the Maysles brothers, most notably their masterpiece "Salesman" (1969), when watching this film.

"Stranger Than Paradise" may very well be the best American film of the 80s and is one that I would place in my top 100 ever made.

The criterion package as always is superb with the added bonus of Jim Jarmusch's 1980 directorial debut "Permanent Vacation" included.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Palmer on 12 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
I saw this movie in an arthouse cinema as a supporting feature to the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense" back in 1986. For the first hour I was thinking "what the..?" and then I suddenly got it...Unfortunately to this day I can't quite remember why!
I almost saw it again as half of a late night double bill with "Repo Man" but half way through, they stopped the projector and went straight to "Repo Man". When I asked why, I was told that various people had complained it was boring!
Until it's released on Region 2 PAL, I guess I'll have to keep waiting.
High spots for me were:
1. Screamin' Jay Hawkins on the soundtrack.
2. The martial arts movie sequence - If you've seen it you'll know what I mean..
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