Dead Man 1995 Criterion Collection
The films of Jim Jarmusch are generally multi-layered reflections of differing aspects of humanity. His films have a subtle and gentle humour that seem to ride well with his philosophical tales and poetic visions. The deliberate pacing and ambiguity of his films are generally not embraced by mainstream audiences, but are devoured by lovers of arthouse cinema.

The fact that Jarmusch had ventured into the western genre surprised many in 1995, with the release of Dead Man, although upon viewing the film, you realise quickly that Dead Man is much more than a simple stereotypical western. This tragic tale of a young man's decent into personal oblivion is rich in black humour, visually stunning and is highly intelligent filmmaking.

Johnny Depp plays William Blake, a Cleveland accountant who arrives in a frontier town ready to start a new life only to find out that the job he was promised has been given to another man.

While he is spending the night with a woman, her lover shows up and kills her. In self defense, Blake shoots the man and flees with a bullet in his chest. Nobody (Gary Farmer), an outcast Native American who was educated in England, looks after Blake and dispenses his spiritual vision of life. They have to elude various lawmen and bounty hunters who are on his trail.

Nobody is convinced that Blake is the reincarnation of the famous English poet and sees it as his mission to usher him back to the spirit world.

Neil Young's electric guitar score punctuates this imaginative Western which includes interesting meditations upon the myth of the frontier, violence, artistic outlaws, and the plight of mistreated Native Americans. Blake's arduous journey toward death is a wonder to behold.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, Robert Mitchum, John Hurt, Iggy Pop
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Western

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:01:29 | 46.1 Gb + 7.56 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary - in this brand new selected-scene commentary, sound mixer Drew Kunin and production designer Bob Ziembicki discusses some of the locations that were chosen for different sequences; some particular stylistic choices; the film's unusual blending of humor, violence, and the metaphysical; the image of the west that is promoted in the film, etc. The commentary was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2017.

Q&A with Jim - in this new program. dierctor Jim Jarmusch answer a series of questions that were gathered after Criterion invited fans to submit them in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (48 min, 1080p).

Gary Farmer - in this new video interview, actor Gary Farmer (Nobody) recalls his first meeting with Jim Jarmusch and discusses his contribution to Dead Man. The interview was conducted in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (27 min, 1080p).

Reading Blake - presented here are audio recordings from 2017 and 2018 of actors Mili Avital reading from "Auguries of Innocence", Alfred Molina reading from "The Everlasting Gospel", and Iggy Pop reading from "Proverbs of Hell". They play over location scouting photos taken by Jim Jarmusch in California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington to show the look of the film to potential investors. In English, not subtitled. (8 min, 1080p).

Deleted Scenes - a large collection of deleted scenes. In English, not subtitled. (15 min, 1080i).

Neil Young - presented here is raw footage from a recording session during which Neil Young is seen performing material that will eventually be used in the soundtrack for Dead Man. The footage was shot by Jim Jarmusch. In English, not subtitled. (26 min, 1080i).

Music Video - presented here is a music video for a song from the film. The video can be seen with a recording of Johnny Depp reading a poem by William Blake. (4 min, 1080/60i).

Blake and White in Color - presented here is large collection of vintage color photos from the film's production. (1080p).

Trailer - original Miramax Films trailer for Dead Man. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).

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