- Restored, High Definition Digital Picture
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interviews with Director Gus Van Sant and Film Scholar Paul Arthur
- Documentary The Making of My Own Private Idaho
- Deleted Scenes
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 1, 2005
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Criterion
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Special Edition
- Additional Products:
- Booklet - 64 Page Booklet With Essay by JT LeRoy and Film Critic Amy Taubin, 1991 article by Lance Loud and reprinted interviews with Gus Van Sant, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.
Disc 1: MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Disc 2: THE SUPPLEMENTS
- Additional Release Material:
- Gus Van Sant - Director
- Conversatio between JT Leroy - Writer and Jonathan Caouette - Filmmaker
- KING OF THE ROAD
- Laurie Parker - Producer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 10/17/1991
"...The film tantalizes us with imagery....It delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/1992
"...A giddy medley of innumerable private dreams, memories and fantasies..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1991
"...Brilliantly impudent....Van Sant boldly floats us off on a sea of visions with no visible anchor....It's a fable about the leaps in perception by which a world grows up..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/18/1991
"...IDAHO is something completely different, a film that manages to confound all expectations, even the ones it sets up itself..."
Uncut - 09/01/2005
"Creatively ambitious and handsomely shot....[Van Sant's] most successful mix so far between straight storytelling and experimental technique."
Description by OLDIES.com:
River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in Gus Van Sant's haunting tale of two young street hustlers; Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and object of Mike's desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest from the grungy streets to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and groundbreaking, My Own Private Idaho is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life at society's margins.
A narcoleptic, psychologically-scarred young man who peddles his body, and his best friend, who also works the streets though he's from a wealthy political family, wander together and apart, from Seattle to as far away as Italy. A loose reworking of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," with Reeves as the prodigal son who slums in the Pacific Northwest's junkie lowlife milieu.
Semi-documentary footage of Seattle street hustling mixes with highly theatrical Shakespearean speech in this very loose adaptation of "Henry IV." In Seattle, Mike, a male prostitute and narcoleptic, meets Scott, who is rebelling against his wealthy family by working the streets. The two decide to embark on a search for Mike's long-lost mother, and their journey leads them first to Mike's home in Idaho and then to Italy.
- River Phoenix was given the 1991 Best Actor Award from the Venice Film Festival and the National Society of Film Critics. Film received 1991 International Critic's Award from the Toronto Festival of Festivals. Picture, director Gus Van Sant, and River Phoenix were named first runnersup in their respective categories by the 1991 New York Film Critics Circle.
- Film is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's play "Henry IV" and is based directly on the short story, "My Own Private Idaho," and on two scripts, "Minions of the Moon" (aka "My Own Private Idaho) and "In a Blue Funk."
- The role of Bob Pigeon was played by William Richert, who directed "The American Success Co.," "Winter Kills," and the River Phoenix vehicle "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon."
- Estimated budget $2.5 million.
- Filmed in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Rome, Italy. Filming began November 1, 1990; completed December 21, 1990. Color by Alpha Cine, Fotocinema. Sound in Ultra Stereo.
- Screened at the 1991 Deauville Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and London Film Festival.
- Released in USA November 8, 1991. Released on video April 22, 1992.
- Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors.
- Reviewed in Variety September 9, 1991 (which lists running time at 102 minutes) and in New York Times and Los Angeles Times October 18, 1991.