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Repo Man (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1984)

Harry Dean Stanton , Emilio Estevez , Alex Cox  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez
  • Directors: Alex Cox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2BYXTK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox
  • Audio commentary featuring Cox and other cast
  • Interviews with Cox, Richardson, and Zamora and more cast
  • Deleted scenes
  • The complete "cleaned-up" television version of the film, prepared by Cox
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters and more

  • Editorial Reviews

    A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox's singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas) as a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in reclaiming a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is a politically trenchant take on President Reagan's domestic and foreign policy.

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    133 of 144 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 18 years later, still my favorite movie December 16, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
    Repo Man is completely unclassifiable. Funny, dark, biting, thrilling, confusing, action, adventure, it's all there. Emilio Estevez plays Otto, a "white suburban punk" living in LA's sprawl, with a nowhere job that he loses in the film's second scene. When his hippie parents admit they sent his college fund to a TV preacher (We're sending Bibles to El Salvador!), Otto meets Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), a cocaine-driven Repo Man who needs an extra driver. Otto joins the firm and soon learns the Repo Code; Bud's version (You see, a Repo Man gets himself INTO tense situations), and the other regulars at Helping Hand Auto share their philosophies too. Light finds Bud's view tedious but is willing to handle shoot-outs when he's not reading parodies of Scientology (Diuretix), Miller seems completely neuron-fried (The more you drive, the less intelligent you are), and Oly is along to make a four-pack. (Did you notice the four experienced Repo Men are named after beers?) Let's go get a drink, kid!
    Multiple plot strands at first seem unrelated, but bind together closer and tighter as the film moves along. Otto and the other Repo Men are on the lookout for a 1964 Chevy Malibu, with a $25,000 bounty. So are some creepy FBI agents, who stalk and kidnap Otto. And so are Helping Hand's arch-rivals, who careen into the plot whenever things are getting dull. The car's driven by a nuclear physicist in from Los Alamos, who warned a CHP officer not to look in the trunk (with deadly results). Otto's punk friends find the car while breaking into a pharmaceutical factory, but they're too stupid to keep it.
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    64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Proud One Among Many August 23, 2001
    Format:DVD
    Every decade, there seems to be a movie that defines the angst of the culture and the subculture, the collective feeling that something is wrong with the establishment. To call this zeitgeist is misleading; these films don't reflect the spirit of the times as much as they somehow tap into the opposite - they manage to create an all-around sense of unease about the state of the world. In the 1960s, it was The Graduate and the bombshell look at the end. For the 1990s, Fight Club identified many things wrong both with pop culture and those acting in rebellion against it. For the Reagan-saturated 1980s, the distinction falls squarely on Alex Cox's debut film Repo Man. In one of his first roles, Emilio Estevez plays Otto, a street punk who loses his job and college savings in the same day due to misunderstandings and television preachers. At the end of his rope financially and mentally, he agrees to make a quick 20 bucks by helping experienced repo man Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). Realizing the potential to make a good living, and an "intense" life in his new job, Otto signs up with the crew and becomes a repo man. On the way, he meets an unusual woman (Olivia Barash) whom he rapidly falls in lust with. When word comes down the wire that there's an enormous commission out on a 1964 Chevy Malibu, Otto and all the other repo men set out to look for the car with the huge score. What they find in the trunk is so unusual, it will change everything - EVERYTHING.
    What makes Repo Man so unique is the obvious satirization not only of regular, and in this case conservative Reagean-esque, culture, from the "John Wayne was [gay]" speech to Bud's trashing of Russia, but the send-ups of punk culture (Let's go do some crimes! Yeah, let's get sushi and not pay!
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not as special as I hoped October 9, 2001
    By W_P_C
    Format:DVD
    I assume if you are even reading the reviews of Repo Man- Special Edition Dvd, you love this movie.
    On to the Special Edition Packaging.
    The first thing you have to do is LOWER your expectations. It comes in this cheezy metal box, like a holiday cookie tin. The lid has a graphic of a California license plate that says appropriately enough Repo Man, and Oct 2002 where the date goes on a license plate. It is not embossed or anything that might make it cool. The rest of the box is unremarkable. On the unpainted bottom is a sticker saying what number you have in the limited edition. I have 08512/30000, it is just a sticker.
    Inside the disapointments continue. The 24 page book is a minimilist tribute to a great film. There is not very much information of interest, and only a few good photos. You don't need these photos if you have movie. Then there is a 5x7" postcard of the movie poster with chapter info on the back. The dvd and the cd come in 2 disc cd case with no cover. Just a dvd with part of the movie poster silkscreened on it. and the cd with
    the 11 original sound track songs on it. Time, >38 minutes. There is no individual packaging for either.
    There is nothing in the packaging that makes this special.
    The DVD-
    The picture quality is excellent. The sound quality is excellent.
    There are little to no extras on the disc. This get frustrating as one version of the trailers shows a snippet of a scene where Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) is beating the hell out of some phone boths with a sledgehammer. In another snippet from the same trailer the repo wives look like the may be at the office, or something that is not in the film. Yet, the extras have NO extended scenes or deleted scenes. To make matters worse the commentary discusses a made for t.v.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars A cult film, but a fun film, too….
    Truly, a cult film, not deep, but entertaining for sure, and surprisingly not particularly dated.
    Published 7 days ago by Wallerish
    5.0 out of 5 stars and he loved it.
    A true long lost gem. I bought this for my husband as a surprise, and he loved it.
    Published 23 days ago by Joanna Green
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    the life of a repo man is always intense
    Published 23 days ago by N. J. garrett
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    The dvd did not play properly and skipped scenes.
    Published 1 month ago by Rachel
    4.0 out of 5 stars Repo Man(Criterion Collection) 2-disc w/booklet
    This review will focus more on the 'Criterion Collection' set. This is my first experience purchasing a DVD movie from Criterion Collection and I am impressed with the way they... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by CreateEnergy
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's intense
    I fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it. I caught it by chance at a friend's house and thought about it most of the next day. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Damian P. Gadal
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great!
    Published 2 months ago by Scott P Stevenson
    2.0 out of 5 stars Its the Code of the Repo Man!
    A very strange but under rated movie, the ending could have been a little bit better but how do you end something like this anyway!
    Published 2 months ago by Tom Madigan
    5.0 out of 5 stars classic
    no deeper meaning to search for here although some might disagree. i really liked this movie when it came out and have only good memories of it now.
    Published 2 months ago by will crow
    5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
    Not the most polished film ever made but it is still a nostalgia fest for those of us who remember the 80s and how much they sucked in so many ways.
    Published 3 months ago by Tim Cullen
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