Down by Law (2-DVD, Criterion Collection)

Closed Capationed Starring: Tom Waits, John Lurie & Roberto Benigni Director: Jim Jarmusch  Rated: R: Restricted
Down by Law (2-DVD, Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: Criterion
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Outtakes
    • Music Video: "It's All Right With Me" by Tom Waits (Dir. Jim Jarmusch)
    • Bonus Footage: 1986 Cannes Film Festival
    • Audio Commentary: Jim Jarmusch - Director/Screenwriter
    • Trailers: Orginal Theatrical Trailer
    • Isolated Audio Track:
      1. Music Only Option
      2. Phone Conversations (Director and Cast)
    • Interviews:
      1. Robby Muller - Director of Photography (Conducted in 2002)
      2. Jim Jarmusch - Director/Screenwriter
      3. John Lurie (Conducted in 1986)
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Location Stills
    • Production Stills

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"[My mother] ...used to say that [America] ...is a big melting pot, because when you bring it to boil, all the scum rises to the top."
  - Bobbie (BILLIE NEAL)

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 03/01/1987
"...A victory of form over content..."
New York Times - 09/19/1986
"...Jarmusch is an American original....[DOWN BY LAW is] an unqualified delight..."
New York Times - 12/28/1986
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1986"
Los Angeles Times - 10/03/1986
"...An inkily comic dream of a movie....Few contemporary directors use unoccupied space and wordless glances with the comic wallop of Jarmusch; he's perfected a kind of formalist shaggy-dog style utterly his own..."
Premiere - 06/01/2004
"LAW is Jarmusch's most satisfying work, using dry humor, great music, and especially the black-and-white cinematography..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/20/2012
"Waits and Lurie, who also provide the film's jazzy soundtrack, are two of the heppest cats on the planet....[Benigni] gives this early indie its kick..." -- Grade: A

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Essential Cinema | Independent | On-The-Run | Prison / Prisoners | Recommended | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Lisa Krueger (director of MANNY & LO and COMMITTED) was the film's musical coordinator.
  • Other musical performers were: Marc Ribot (score performer/trumpet and banjo), Curtis Fowlkes (score performer/trombone), Doug Bowne (score performer/drums), E.J. Rodriguez (score performer/percussion), Tony Garnier (score performer/acoustic bass), Eugene Moye (score performer/cello) and Irma Thomas (song performer, "It's Only Raining").

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  • UPC: 037429172025
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