Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $6.85 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Amazon.com Add to Cart
$26.00  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Paris, Texas (The Criterion Collection) (1984)

Harry Dean Stanton , Nastassja Kinski , Wim Wenders  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

List Price: $39.95
Price: $24.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $14.96 (37%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 12 left in stock.
Sold by newbury_comics and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, April 25? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details

Explore The Criterion Store

TV Deal of the Week
Interested in learning more about Criterion titles or the Criterion brand? Visit the Criterion Store to browse pre-orders, new releases, and best sellers. Shop now

Frequently Bought Together

Paris, Texas (The Criterion Collection) + Wings of Desire (The Criterion Collection)
Price for both: $47.48

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Sam Berry, Bernhard Wicki
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Writers: L.M. Kit Carson, Sam Shepard
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman, Chris Sievernich, Don Guest, Pascale Dauman
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U6DVPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paris, Texas (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Audio commentary featuring Wenders
Interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen
Excerpts from the 1990 film Motion and Emotion
New interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Claire Denis
"Wim Wenders Hollywood April '84"
Deleted scenes and Super 8 home movies
Gallery of Wenders' location-scouting photos
Behind-the-scenes photos by Robin Holland
Theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Nick Roddick

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Something like a perfect artistic union is achieved in the major components of Paris, Texas: the twang of Ry Cooder's guitar, the lonely light of Robbie Muller's camera, the craggy landscape of Harry Dean Stanton's face. In his greatest role, longtime character actor Stanton plays a man brought back to his old life after wandering in the desert (or somewhere) for four years. He has a 7-year-old son to get to know, and his wife has gone missing. The material is much in the wanderlust spirit of director Wim Wenders, working from a script by Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. If the long climactic conversation between Stanton and Nastassja Kinski renders the movie uneven and slightly inscrutable, it's hard to think of a more fitting ending--and besides, the achingly empty American spaces stick longer in the memory than the dialogue. Winner of the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. --Robert Horton

Product Description

German New Wave pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the efforts of the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape of its own) to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon.

Stills from Paris, Texas (Click for larger image)





Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
109 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure heart, Texas style June 24, 2005
Format:DVD
Sam Shepard, the actor-writer, wrote this beautiful film; his friend Wim Wenders directed it. This is a cinematic emotional masterpiece with a core that points straight to the things we love and says, Are we in love with them as they are, or as we imagine them to be?

The title is a perfect representation of this point; it's the town where Travis, played by Harry Dean Stanton in probably his best role on screen, was conceived and where his father said his mother was from, without giving the name of the state, only the town. Paris--as in France--is the fantasy. Paris--as in Texas--is the reality. Did his father love his mother for what she was, a plain girl from Texas, or what he imagined her to be, a "fancy woman" from France?

Travis has the same problem; he's the real focus of the film and around him the Texas twilight casts long, sad shadows that glisten with hope, brilliant colors, and soon to be approaching night. In him's a heart that's torn between his love for what he knows and for what he wants to run away from, between his son, Hunter, his ex-wife Jane, and himself. The only one of these he knows is real is his son, who's the second core of the film. Hunter is the reality of his marriage to Jane, the one thing he knows is solid and true and right in front of him.

Nobody makes films like this anymore. This was done in 1984 and deservedly won a Palmes d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, one of the top awards given to a film director.

Nobody makes films with this much heart anymore. Things have changed.

Things have changed.
Was this review helpful to you?
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Perfect Film September 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is my very favourite movie of all time. This is a perfect film. From Robbie Mueller's breathtaking cinematography, to Ry Cooder's haunting score everything is an excercise in beauty. (Lead actor) Harry Dean Stanton conveys a disturbing yet gentle portrayal of desire, fatherhood, and loss with great lucidity and pathos. Also noteworthy is Nastasja Kinski, whose chemistry with Stanton is unparalleled in recent cinema. The story is certainly one of Sam Sheperd's finest, as is L.M Kit Carson's nuanced adaptation (he wrote the screenplay--and his son plays Hunter, the child star of the film). While this film is a fine achievement in every aspect it is not for the impatient. Some have called it "slow moving," and it is definitely slow in its pace, but one needs time to savour a film of such subtlety as this. Paris Texas is a film that should not be left out of any serious collection, and is a must see for anyone who still regards filmmaking as a craft. I have lost count of how many times I have watched this film and shared it with others.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but very rewarding January 7, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a German-French coproduction, so it is interesting as a product of how Americans are viewed by the Europeans. Every scene seems to contain images of something that is decaying or something that is being built. Cars are everywhere. Expansive desert vistas mirror the barrenness of the main character's inner life. Motion is seen as an antidote to pain. The final confrontation between Harry Dean Stanton and Nastasia Kinski is very moving, and the plight of Stanton's character at the end of the film is heartbreaking.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Criterion Collection Edition Delivers! February 1, 2010
By Cubist
Format:DVD
Films made about the United States by foreign filmmakers are interesting because quite often they provide a unique perspective - someone from the outside looking in. German filmmaker Wim Wenders did just this with his film Paris, Texas. It was a collaboration with acclaimed playwright and actor Sam Shepard and can be seen as a kind of lament for an era of the American west that no longer exists. It's an American road movie about characters living on the fringes of society and was made during the peak of the materialistic Reagan era. Paris, Texas went on to win the coveted Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and firmly established Wenders as an art house darling.

The first disc features an audio commentary by filmmaker Wim Wenders. The director talks about how he and Ry Cooder decided to use the music that is in the Paris, Texas. Wenders also talks about the origins of the film and working with Sam Shepard on the screenplay. The director talks about the genesis of the film's title and how it relates to Travis. Wenders tells many filming anecdotes on this informative track.

Also included is a theatrical trailer.

The second disc starts off with an interview with Wenders from 2001. He had wanted to make a film about America but hadn't done it to his satisfaction with his previous films. It wasn't until Paris, Texas that he felt like he had achieved this goal. It was also the first time he worked in a spontaneous fashion without a pre-planned shot list.

"The Road to Paris, Texas" is a collection of interviews with key collaborators of Wenders over the years. They all speak admiringly of the man. Wenders talks about the influence of rock `n' roll and road movies on his work.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable and Powerful Film July 17, 2010
Format:DVD
I had been aware of this film for a number of years, but had always failed to watch it. I recently checked it out of my local library and the DVD sat on top of my TV for days until I finally took the time to watch it. To be honest, I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about until toward the end of the movie; it really carries an emotional punch with it. This is not a snapshot of the beautiful America that most foreigners have of our country. There are few manicured lawns and towering mansions in this film. The characters do not lead glamourous lives; you will never see them on the covers of magazines in the check-out lines in the supermarket. But it took a German filmmaker to create a visually stunning portrait of a side of America that few people ever really see, especially in the usual films that you rent at your local video store. There is so much sadness, regret, pain and utter desolation in this film and it's oftentimes reflected in the vast landscape of the American Southwest. Do yourself a favor today and watch this film. Its characters and story and music will stay with you long after you watch the ending credits!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark beauty
Strange and haunting. Perfect soundtrack. Natasha Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton. Wim Wenders and Ry Cooder. Need you say more?
Published 1 month ago by Ian Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away
This story makes me think of the properties of water...so easy it dribbles through your fingers, yet when hit at speed, one of the most resistant substances around; totally... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I usually sell movies after I watch them, but this is a keeper. The movie starts off real slow, and a few times, I almost turned it off. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar Criterion blu:
This Criterion title sums up the "why" I spend top dollar for their releases: Splendid film restoration, bountiful "supplements", and usually a book(let) of varying heft. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jrum C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Over Rated
Acting: 4/5 The kid did a great job
Story: 2/5 Does not make any sense in most parts of the movie
Dialogue: 4/5 well done
Music: 4/5 very well done by Ry Cooder... Read more
Published 6 months ago by W. Noshie
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Texas
An excellent movie starring Harry Dean Stanton and Natasha Kinski. Wim Wenders direction lends to the overall feel throughout the movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by William L Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, a transfixing film I couldn't stop watching
I couldn't stop watching this movie, for some reason it has the perfect blend of suspense and drama missing in today's cinema. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andre5S000
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film To Savor, Both Visually and Intellectually
I hadn't seen this film in a long number of years, but it had always remained in my memory. Most memorable to me were the images of the American Southwest that are so vivid and so... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Flash
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those ,Who Need High standards
I shall not get the film plot , Knowing that purchasers of Criterion Blu Ray , already ,know Paris Texas . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andrew Zindilis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Odd
It is about an hour too long, and kind of an awkward movie, but it has some good qualities. The end is, well, just watch the first 30 minutes, and the last 45 to an hour and that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ShaneDon11
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa15f99a8)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



Look for Similar Items by Category

newbury_comics Privacy Statement newbury_comics Shipping Information newbury_comics Returns & Exchanges