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Dead Man (Ws) [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z4WX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,097 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dead Man

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Dead Man is a triumph of cinematography. Jim Jarmusch has created an excellent vehicle for Johnny Depp [William Blake} who is cast as an offbeat innocent drawn into a world where life is cheap and he must delve into the depths of his humanity for survival. Beautifully filmed in Monochome which adds to the atmosphere and enriches the characters and scenic landscape of the old west. Cameo performances from Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop etc. add the mood and strangeness of this film. Gary Farmer [Nobody], excellent as the indian who befriends Depp and leads him towards his final destiny. The final poignant scenes are both visually beautiful and moving aided by a wonderfully haunting soundtrack by Neil Young which will live long in the memory after the film is over. Depp fans will love this as he is at his best and will watch this one again and again. Highly recommended. B Lynch.
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The critics who panned this film obviously missed the point. They label 'Dead Man' a "revisionist
counter culture western," which deconstructs the genre, reminiscent of some of the more eccentric westerns of the 1970's. Perhaps they feel justified in their role if they can put something into a box and then criticise it for not fitting into the contraints they themselves have placed it in?
This film is simply about the journey - actual and spiritual, of Johnny Depp's character who is changed forever by the people he meets on the way.
Ultimately though, the film is about death. Death of innocence, death of identity, and finally, bodily death. Shot entirely in monochrome, with a poignant soundtrack by Neil Young, there are some great cameo appearances throughout and some superb acting, as ever, by Michael Wincott as Conway Twill.
If you don't bring any pretensions to this movie, you will not come away disappointed. It proves that sometimes, the simplest concepts are beautiful because they are simple, and that sometimes, stories don't need to be told for any other reason than to be enjoyed.
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Johnny Depp is a dead man. With a bullet lodged next to his heart he is unaware that his fate is sealed, however an indian who prefers to be called Nobody recognises his predicament and, mistaking him for his hero (poet William Blake), sets about helping him get back to the mystical realm where he belongs. Don't be misled on this one by reviewers who try to make out that the film is somehow a languishing turkey with a flimsy score and no plot. They haven't understood it and probably didn't even watch all the way to the end. It's no formulaic action-adventure but a well-told, thoughtful story about accepting your fate and getting on with it. The only real disappointment is Iggy Pop desperately attempting to act. But the sheer authenticity of Gary Farmer as Depp's self-appointed saviour is by itself a reason to buy this film. (He reprises the role as a cameo in 'Ghost Dog'). A great moment in cinema. Buy it, Watch it, Love it.
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Ignore the critics review, to call this film a disappointment is to have missed the point. The first time I saw it, I too thought it a disappointment but then I happened upon it again some time later and saw it in a completely different light.
The film is a slightly surreal yet deeply atmospheric look at innocence and experience (get the references to William Blakes poetry) and also takes in issues of spirituality as well as giving an alternative vision of the Western frontier. Gary Farmer is marvellous as 'Nobody' and Johnny Depp provides his usual powerful screen presence. Great soundrack, great cameos too.
I don't think I have the words to say how brilliant this film is. Other than from from time to time a film comes along that catches your imagination and something deep within you. These are rare occasions but this is one such occassion. Dead Man really is head and shoulders above so much else.
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By simon gurney HALL OF FAME on 15 Oct. 2002
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Johnny Depp is on true form as william blake in this excellent moody western, the black and white cinematography works wonderfully, and the atmosphere is thick throughout the story, theres a bizarre array of supporting characters, including a canabalistic bounty hunter.
let the moody grungy guitar soundatrack drift you along with the story, and appreciate its almost hallucinagenic qualities.
A very strong film, with a unusual pace and high visual impact.
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By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2004
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Having read many reviews, clearly this is a film you either love or loath. Personaly I love it, this is my fourth copy, the others got borrowed! I wanted to add as people appear to have missed the point that there is a very humorous theme to the film. It exploits different film genres, from the 1960's parody of the British northern working class 'James Mason', Blakes arrival at the 'factory' is magical, through to Monty Python. This was never ever a serious film, though it is haunting and hypnotic in places, and how can anyone get bored with that Neil Young soundtrack, which he played live whilst watching the film. It is post modern, post modernism, turn the lights down low, open a few beers, chill and enjoy it for what it is, see it again and you will alomost be watching a different film, and enjoy the parody, it can be hilarious!
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