- Actors: David Byrne, John Goodman
- Directors: David Byrne
- Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Studio: Criterion Collection
- DVD Release Date: November 27, 2018
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- ASIN: B07GGCZ7J1
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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David Byrne’s exuberant musical road trip through Texas
featuring the complete soundtrack on CD
Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. The Talking Heads front man plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In True Stories, Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show-all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience.
Special Edition Blu-ray Features
- New, restored 4K digital transfer
- New documentary about the film’s production, featuring Byrne, Lachman, and others
- CD containing the film’s complete soundtrack, compiled here for the first time (Blu-ray only)
- New documentary about designer Tibor Kalman
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What they have done to restore this film is incredible. Having only seen the DVD copy all these years, the restored picture and remixed audio of this release is an absolute revelation. Everything is in its original widescreen, and the film's incredible photography can finally be appreciated in its full glory. There are lots of extras, and the new cover, packaging, and even the beautifully put together menu screen shows that whoever directed this release treated it with the reverence and respect it has always deserved, but never even came close to getting. One of the most interesting bits in the extras is a series of deleted scenes involving an alternate subplot involving The Cute Woman that got cut out, for reasons that probably seem obvious once you see them.
Of course, for fans of Talking Heads, another really intriguing part of this package is a copy of the film's full soundtrack on CD. Released for the first time, I understand it can also be purchased independent of the Criterion release. However, this has also been a long-awaited missing piece to the Talking Heads musical catalog, and it is finally made available.
If you are at all a fan of this film, picking up this version is a no-brainer. Even if you already know it backwards and forwards, but all you've ever seen is the video or DVD, it is very much like seeing it again for the first time.
Extras: Comes with a phony tabloid in newspaper format and a cd featuring the movie soundtrack with covers by the actors (As opposed to the separate Talking Heads - True Stories CD... which is excellent!)
Extras have substance.
Packaging is stellar.
True Stories The Criterion Collection finally gives this this work of art the treatment it deserves.
Get it now.