Down by Law (Blu-ray)

Starring: Roberto Benigni, John Lurie & Tom Waits Director: Jim Jarmusch  Rated: R: Restricted
Down by Law (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio Interview with Jarmusch from 2002
    • Interview with Director of Photography Robby Müller from 2002
    • Footage from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, including a press conference with Jarmusch and actors John Lurie, featuring Commentary
    • Sixteen Outtakes
    • Music Video for Tom Waits' cover of Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," directed by Jarmusch
    • Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to fans' questions
    • Recordings of phone conversations between Jarmusch and Waits, Benigni, and Lurie
    • Production Polaroids and location stills
    • Trailer
    • Isolated Music Track
    • Optional French dub track, featuring Benigni
    • Plus: An essay by critic Luc Sante
  • Audio:
    • English
    • Subtitles - English

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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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