Mystery Train (The Criterion Collection)
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The supplements start with an audio-only Q&A, in which Jarmusch answers 35 questions from fans, including one about Hawkins, whose signature song figures prominently in Stranger Than Paradise, explaining that he cast him, in part, because he saw no profit from the use of "I Put a Spell on You." This essential release concludes with excerpts from a film about the late performer, a fine featurette on the locations, two photo galleries, and essays by critic Dennis Lim and Elvis biographer Peter Guralnik. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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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 ›
This is one of those movies I saw "cold," having no idea what it was about. It turns out that that's the only way to see a movie. It is said that Gene Siskel would never read about or discuss a movie before seeing it, wanting to absorb its full impact (or lack thereof) completely free of prejudice. The only problem is that we civilians can't afford to see every movie and we need to perform a modicum of triage to avoid wasting our limited resources on the clinkers.
Seeing Mystery Train "cold" was an experience I won't forget, though I've watched it many times since.
I particularly like very original movies with amazing photography. This has some of the best photography I have seen in a movie. It's just beautiful and artsy.
It's far out, different, funny and exhilarating. Japanese Elvis freaks touring Memphis,
complete with eerie night photography of neon Memphis, the lonliness, the mystery of it,
shadowy, off kilter, spooky, things are not what they seem, but hauntingly beautiful.
Gave me some delicious goosebumps. Sex in the night in a fleabag motel, the very idea of Japanese imitating Elvis, getting so into it, wandering around soaking up the atmosphere,
like aliens from another planet trying to fit in. The clash of cultures so subtle here,
ups the intensity, the strangeness.
This movie is a masterpiece of modern film making.
See my list on Amazon of best movies ever made that you may not have heard of.
This is number one.
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I don't see the purpose for this film. In my opinion, this is not the appropriate venue for these stories; they seem better suited as a narrative for readers. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Gigi
"Mystery Train" is an unorthodox movie about one particular night in Memphis, Tennessee. The story follows three different stories, all connected by the thread that the... Read morePublished 22 days ago by B. Adducchio
Simply amazing. I love when a story has subplots that come together in the end....it is a small world after all.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
slow and sleepy but a secret gem. Screaming Jay Hawkins makes the movie.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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