Down by Law
Special Edition, The Criterion Collection
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Tom Waits, John Lurie, Ellen Barkin. Intriguing, amusing story of three losers who wind up in jail together and then make a break for it. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. 1986/b&w/107 min/R/widescreen.
The low-budget aesthetic of Jim Jarmusch informs the eclectic bonus features on Criterion's Down by Law DVD. A high-definition digital transfer ensures that the film never looked or sounded better, and Jarmusch's wide-ranging reflections offer a welcome alternative to a full-length commentary. The 1986 Cannes press conference is a polyglot affair, providing interesting then-and-now perspectives on the film and its creators, energized by the effervescent personality of Roberto Benigni. John Lurie's Cannes interview is a hangover in progress, and his 2002 commentary a self-deprecating reflection on his wilder past. In a 2002 interview, cinematographer Robby Müller eloquently defines his artistic outlook and the technical aspects of shooting Down by Law, while the "Jarmusch Q&A" entertainingly answers e-mails (some serious, some peculiar) sent to Criterion's Web site. Jarmusch's 2002 phone calls to Tom Waits, Lurie, and Benigni are casual curios, as is the rarely seen, Jarmusch-directed video for Waits's eccentric Cole Porter cover, "It's All Right with Me." Sit back and enjoy; coffee and cigarettes are optional. --Jeff Shannon
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Top customer reviews
so good, so much fun to watch, so well done, that I'm interested in and want to watch the extras, as well as own the movie.
Now, if you are looking for the biggest boobs, the most death, mind blowing special effects and various other contemporary
come ons, look not here.
But, the visuals, the acting, the dialogue, all the ingredients of film art, those are here.
It will draw you in, you will care about the characters-even as you wonder what exactly they are made of-and you will lament
and rejoice at their losses and successes.
What could be cliche', easily, in many movies, is not. Watch the police for an example of that, but there's more.
It cruises right past those things leaving them as they are, or as they would be to the people experiencing the situations
and characters that act upon our three.. shall we call them heroes? Yeah, I think so.
Man.. I hate to post this, because I'm not a critic, not an expert, and I'm being a lot more wordy than I like.. and I hope not to put
This is not an 'art' film, --god, am I gonna say per se????--it's just art. It's not something you have to discuss for an hour, or
something that only 'true lovers of' can understand or appreciate.
3.00 for crying out loud.. 3 lousy bucks and you'll tell your friends.
It's like one of the many paragraphs of a Kurt Vonnegut novel-the ones you have to resist calling your friends on the phone and reading to them. It's striking.
Oh, the humanity.