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Border Radio (The Criterion Collection) (1987)

Chris D. , Chris Shearer , Allison Anders , Dean Lent  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Chris D., Chris Shearer, Dave Alvin, Devon Anders, Luanna Anders
  • Directors: Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss
  • Writers: Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss
  • Producers: Marcus DeLeon, Robert Rosen
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K0YLXW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Border Radio (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Lent and co-director Kurt Voss
  • Commentary by co-directors Allison Anders and Kurt Voss
  • Commentary by actors Luanna Anders, Dave Alvin, Chris D., John Doe, and Chris Shearer
  • "The Making of Border Radio," a 2002 documentary featuring interviews with Anders, Lent, Voss, Doe, and Chris D.
  • Nine deleted scenes
  • Music video of the Flesh Eaters' "The Wedding Dice"
  • Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes photos
  • Theatrical trailer and radio spot
  • Cast and crew bios
  • Booklet with essay by music journalist and critic Chris Morris

Editorial Reviews

As with Jim Jarmusch's Stranger than Paradise, Border Radio may be a small movie, but it marked the arrival of a significant talent. (Both debuts were also shot in black and white.) Co-directed by UCLA film students Kurt Voss, Dean Lent, and Allison Anders, it's a post-punk noir with documentary interludes. Chris D. (the Flesh Eaters) is Jeff Bailey, a name swiped from Robert Mitchum's character in Out of the Past. After the LA cult rocker steals money from a man named Skelley, he sends three hip thugs to collect ("The Clash are the cornerstone of social significance in rock and roll music," one insists. "It's just like dumb heavy metal," counters the other), so Jeff hightails it for Mexico. That leaves wife Luanna (Luanna Anders, Allison's sister) in the lurch. Bandmate Dean (X's John Doe), flaky roadie Chris (Chris Shearer), and Luanna spend the rest of the film trying to track him down. As for Anders, it would take another five years before Gas Food Lodging finally made her rep. With its low budget, four-year shoot, and ramshackle acting, Border Radio may be less technically adept than Repo Man, to name another film set in a similar milieu, but shares its anarchic spirit. And Lent's sundrenched 16mm cinematography and Blaster Dave Alvin's twangy score, fortified by tracks from Los Lobos and Green on Red, make it required viewing for fans of the LA punk scene, as well as the consistently underrated Anders. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Before carving out a niche as one of nineties’ American cinema’s most distinct voices, Allison Anders made her debut, alongside co-directors and fellow UCLA film-school students, Kurt Voss and Dean Lent, with 1987’s Border Radio. A low-key, semi-improvised post-punk diary that took four years to complete, Border Radio features legendary rocker Chris D., of the Flesh Eaters, as a singer/songwriter who has stolen loot from a club and gone missing, leaving his wife (Luanna Anders), a no-nonsense rock journalist, to track him down with the help of his friends (John Doe of the band X; Chris Shearer).

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5.0 out of 5 stars john doe rocks my socks November 27, 2008
amazing cinematography, beautiful shots and locations, and interesting plot. i like this film more so for those great shots and improved scenes, but all around i loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD of Operation Radio December 24, 2013
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I don't know anything about this movie, other than my current tenant was in it, so I ordered it for him for Christmas. He was very excited about me finding it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Fuddy-Duddy's Review July 12, 2010
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My taste in music runs from Vivaldi to Bach and back again. Ok, with a little detour for Leonard Cohen. I haven't listened to pop music (do they still call it that?) since the Eagles. And LA is a place I try to avoid at all costs. So it would seem that this isn't a film for me.

The first few minutes had me convinced of that idea. But, for some reason...maybe because I do like Mexico...I got into it. There are some beautiful, lyrical shots, especially in Mexico that are almost poetic. I liked a lot of the music, too. The acting was funny; you could tell that these folks were improvising. The story picked up and I grew fond of the characters, especially Chris,

I have to say that I ended up liking it a lot. Don't really know why ...probably because it was a labor of love.
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