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Mystery Train (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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In the way of special features, there is a "Q&A with Jim." As he has done for past Criterion editions of his films, Jarmusch answers questions submitted by fans in lieu of an audio commentary. They are by no means restricted to the film but the bulk of them do pertain to it. Jarmusch confirms that Tom Waits' D.J. heard in the film is in fact the character he played in Down by Law - Criterion Collection. He talks about how he worked with the Japanese actors and the origins of their segment title. He also talks about his favourite Elvis era and addresses the barren and bleak look of Memphis in the film.
"I Put a Spell on Me" features excerpts from a 2001 documentary on Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Jarmusch is interviewed and talks about when he first heard Jay's signature song, "I Put a Spell on You," how he used it in Stranger Than Paradise - Criterion Collection and then cast him in Mystery Train. Jay talks about working on the film and shares some amusing anecdotes on this fantastic extra.
"Memphis Tour" revisits many of the locations used in the film.Read more ›
What makes "Mystery Train" so interesting and involving is the way the characters are portrayed and how they react to certain things. Example: The Italian widow speaking to the ghost of Elvis.
But it's Jarmusch's directing that makes this quirky, funny, and touching, which should have won him an Oscar for "Best Independent Film of the Year." Sumptuous, funny, touching, and offbeat, it's a delight from start to finish.
Rated R for language and some nudity.
I now have it on DVD and, since purchasing it, have watched it repeatedly. This movie sucks you in and never lets you go from the very opening shot. The cinematography, the dialogue, the direction...all are simply amazing. The humor too...it's a level of humor that is never loud or brash or "in your face." It's a witty sense of humor and it fits perfectly.
Another thing that bears mentioning is the cast. The actors are amazing. Screamin' Jay, Joe Strummer, et al. All are just incredible.
Definitely check this movie out. It has a very "Night on Earth" feel to it, if you've seen that movie. Basically four different story-lines, all inter-woven and inter-related, that sort of all come together in the end. Things happen from one point of you (i.e., the Japanese tourists hearing the gun shot while in the hotel room), then later you see what has happened from the other individual's point of view (i.e. the gun shot "victim"). Maybe that's done nothing but confused you, but take my word (for what it's worth) that it all comes together perfectly.
I'm certain you will enjoy this one. Also, Tom Waits fans take note...you'll get to hear him in this flick. As an aside, I mentioned "Night on Earth"....if you like Tom Waits, get that movie as well.
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Mystery Train is a fun and funny film. The characters are oddly endearing. The following-along style direction fits great with the storytelling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
A Jarmusch classic. Who can forget the bemused Japanese tourists at Sun Studios? It has not dated quite as well as I hoped but it worth watching for performances by Steve Buscemi... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John G. Tusler
One of my favorite movies of all time. Screamin' Jay Hawkins has the best lines!Published 5 months ago by Diana E Stapleton
Memphis and Elvis provide the common theme for three stories all taking place at the same time on the same night at an old hotel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Comstock
Too artsy for me. Rented it because it was filmed in my hometown of Memphis. Only got through a third of it.Published 6 months ago by Diane Abernathy
I can't believe I waited so long to watch this film. Great visuals and interesting characters. More movies should be made in Memphis.Published 7 months ago by Dawn P. Likens
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