Down By Law – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1986) *NEW*

Down By Law – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1986) *NEW*

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Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in America. When fate lands three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Short Cuts’ Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (Fishing with John’s John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Life Is Beautiful’s Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure begins. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” DOWN BY LAW is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white photography by esteemed cinematographer Robby Müller (Paris, Texas).

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Three men, previously unknown to each other, are arrested in New Orleans and placed in the same cell. The trio eventually try to escape prison together.
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Down by Law
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Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Produced by Alan Kleinberg
Written by Jim Jarmusch
Starring Tom Waits
John Lurie
Roberto Benigni
Ellen Barkin
Music by John Lurie
Tom Waits
Cinematography Robby Müller
Edited by Melody London
Production
company
Black Snake
Distributed by Island Pictures
Release date
  • September 20, 1986(Limited)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Italian
Budget $453,600
Box office $1,435,668

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Weight 0.2 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in

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  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Thoughts and reflections on the making of the film from director Jim Jarmusch
  • Interview with director of photography Robby Muller from 2002
  • Footage from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, including a press conference
  • Sixteen outtakes
  • Music video for Tom Waits’s cover of Cole Porte’s “It’s All Right with Me”
  • 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
  • Isolated music track
  • Optional French dub track, featuring Benigni
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Luc Sante