Rumble Fish 1983 Criterion CollectionRumble Fish is the story of Rusty-James (Matt Dillon), a teenager who is the younger brother of neighborhood legend The Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). When his elder brother disappears, Rusty-James loses his rudder and begins to careen through life looking for the fight that will make it all make sense. He drags what is left of his big brother's gang, Smokey (Nicolas Cage), B.J. (Chris Penn), Midget (Larry Fishburne), and Steve (Vincent Spano), through his existential crisis as he attempts to reconcile his own inability to connect with the world through acts of violence. The one thing that almost keeps him grounded is his on-again-off-again relationship with Patty, a student at an all-girls school in the neighborhood.

When The Motorcycle Boy returns after a long disappearance, Rusty-James begins to regain his mojo, thinking that the life he'd lived before would make a comeback and he and the gang would go on as if nothing ever happened. What he doesn't realize is that while he is looking for truth in the glory of the past, everyone around him has moved on into a future that looks a lot different, including and especially his big brother.
LIttle by little Rusty-James' life starts to come apart as the world he knows goes on without him, no matter how hard he tries to make it stop. The Motorcycle Boy tries to protect him from himself, but Rusty-James just won't listen and it takes a shocking act of violence to wake him up.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent Spano, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Waits
Country: USA
Genre: Drama

BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:34:29 | 46.2 Gb + 14.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary - this is the same wonderful audio commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola that initially appeared on the old Special Edition DVD release of Rumble Fish which Universal Studios Home Entertainment produced in the United States some years ago.

Interviews -

1. Francis Ford Coppola - in this brand new video interview, Francis Ford Coppola explains how Rumble Fish was conceived, and discusses in great detail the structure and visual style of the film. The director also discusses the evolution of filming technology and the unique advantages and choices digital technology offers to people like him. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080p).

2. S.E. Hinton - in this brand new video interview, best-selling author S.E. Hinton recalls how the idea for her novel Rumble Fish emerged and evolved, and discusses some of the key ideas that are tackled in it, the identities of the main protagonists, and Francis Ford Coppola's film. (Also mentioned are some quite funny facts about the casting of Matt Dillon). The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080p).

3. Matt Dillon and Diane Lane - in this brand new video interview, actors Matt Dillon and Diane Lane recall how they became involved with Rumble Fish and first impressions of S.E. Hinton's script for the film, and discuss the characters they played, the exhausting shooting process, Francis Ford Coppola's directing methods (with some interesting comments about his editing choices), some of the main similarities and differences between Rumble Fish and The Outsiders, etc. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (22 min, 1080p).

4. Stephen H. Burum and Dean Tavoularis - in this brand new featurette, cinematographer Stephen H. Burum and production designer Dean Tavoularis discuss the shooting of Rumble Fish in Tulsa, the fine-tuning of specific sequences, the use of body language as envisioned by Francis Ford Coppola, the use of light and shadow throughout the film (and specifically the smart the use of carnival lights) and how it was directly influenced by the classic German expressionist films, etc. The featurette was filmed exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (31 min, 1080p).

5. Roman Coppola - in this brand new video interview, associate producer Roman Coppola remembers his interactions with his father during the shooting of Rumble Fish and some interesting new filming ideas that were explored at the time. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (8 min, 1080p).

6. "Mickey Rourke, California, February 1984" - presented here is an excerpt from an archival episode of the French TV program Cinema cinemas in which Mickey Rourke discusses his contribution to Rumble Fish and the experience of working with Francis Ford Coppola. The episode was broadcast on March 7, 1984. In English, with printed French subtitles. (9 min, 1080i).

6. City Lights - presented here are clips from archival interviews with actors Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and Vincent Spano, and producer Doug Claybourne. The interviews aired on October 18, 1983. In English, with printed French subtitles. (9 min, 1080i).

On Location in Tulsa - an informative archival behind-the-scenes featurette with raw footage from the pre-production process. Also included are short comments by Francis Ford Coppola, various members of his team, and some of the principal actors. The featurette was produced by Kim Aubry in 2005. In English, not subtitled. (12 min, 1080i).

"Rumble Fish": The Percussion-Based Score - in this archival featurette, percussionist and composer Stewart Copeland, Francis Ford Coppola, and sound designer and mixer Richard Beggs discuss the unique qualities of the film's soundtrack. Also included is footage from experimental scoring sessions held in Tulsa in 1983. The featurette was produced by Kim Aubry in 2005. In English, not subtitled. (12 min, 1080i).

Locations: Looking for Rusty James - Chilean filmmaker/writer/producer Alberto Fuguet (Invierno, Velodromo) was deeply moved by Rumble Fish when he first saw it and years later traveled to Tulsa where the film was shot. In this documentary, which he produced in 2013, he discusses the profound impact the film had on his life and professional career, as well as the manner in which it 'spoke' to an entire generation of South Americans. In Spanish, with optional English subtitles. (90 min, 1080i).

Deleted Scenes - presented here are six deleted scenes, with a newly filmed introduction by Francis Ford Coppola. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080i).

Camus for Kids - in this brand new featurette, film historian Rodney F. Hill (coeditor of Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews) discusses the evolution of Francis Ford Coppola's career and work, and specifically his foray into art cinema, as well as the role of existentialism in Rumble Fish. The featurette was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (21 min, 1080p).

"Don't Box Me In" - presented here is the original 1983 video for the song "Don't Box Me In", from the Rumble Fish soundtrack, which features composer/percussionist Stewart Copeland and vocalist Stan Ridgway. (4 min, 1080i).

Trailer - original theatrical trailer for Rumble Fish. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080i).

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