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Repo Man [VHS] (1984)

Harry Dean Stanton , Emilio Estevez , Alex Cox  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Sy Richardson
  • Directors: Alex Cox
  • Writers: Alex Cox
  • Producers: Gerald T. Olson, Jonathan Wacks, Michael Nesmith, Peter McCarthy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: July 1, 1997
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300183416
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A volatile, toxic potion of satire and nihilism, road movie and science fiction, violence and comedy, the unclassifiable sensibility of Alex Cox's Repo Man is the model and inspiration for a potent strain of post-punk American comedy that includes not only Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), but also early Coen brothers (Raising Arizona, in particular), Men in Black, and even (in a weird way) The X-Files. Otto, a baby-face punk played by Emilio Estevez, becomes an apprentice to Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), a coke-snorting, veteran repo-man-of-honor prowling the streets of a Los Angeles wasteland populated by hoods, wackos, burnouts, conspiracy theorists, and aliens of every stripe. It may seem chaotic at first glance, but there's a "latticework of coincidence" (as Tracey Walter puts it) underlying everything. Repo Man is a key American movie of the 1980s--just as Taxi Driver, Nashville, and Chinatown are key American movies of the '70s. With a scorching soundtrack that features Iggy Pop, Fear, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Suicidal Tendencies. --Jim Emerson


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134 of 145 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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65 of 70 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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17 of 18 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's an Alex Cox film with punk rock. It's a classic. Enough said.
Published 2 days ago by alysia Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars timr to watch it again
One of the best dark comedies ever, still holds up for those who have watched it in the past.
Published 10 days ago by Richard E. Newberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Punk father of Tarantino, grandpa of Napoleon Dynamite
One would never think to tie Tarantino and Napoleon Dynamite, but this movie is that weird, and seemingly that influential. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sanpete
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star search for extraterrestrial beings is a hilarious winner.
This is one of the funniest, quirkiest movies ever, and this blu-ray edition does not let you down. Crazy characters involved in a very strange series of events will leave you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hberic
4.0 out of 5 stars "and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am"
It's hard to believe that "Repo Man" came out 30 years ago. Set in the working-class urban punk rock utopia of mid-1980s LA, the film achieves a balance between gritty... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars dont look in the trunk
otto parts
Published 1 month ago by k9thewonderdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wacky classic.
Published 1 month ago by Lori Kisling
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 80's Classic!
Another 80's classic!

Highly philosophical! You too will want to drive a Chevy Malibu!

I say it's time for a sequel!
Published 1 month ago by Just Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic With A Gutter Punk Attitude
A cult classic among old school punk rock flicks. Nihilistic, vulgar, unapologetic, and, most of all, down right funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nathan T. Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Film that will never have a Sequel
As odd as the movie is, it stil plays well today. Original in it's theme and in a condensed version it lays bare the twisted vision many of us had when we were younger and either... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert George-Johannes Tactius
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Repo Man TV version
It is on the blu-ray scheduled to be released February 2012 (*=feature not included on any previous edition).

New high-definition master in the original aspect ratio - 1.85:1
Original mono soundtrack and 5.1 remix, both in DTS-HD Master Audio
English SDH subtitles on the main feature
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