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 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Criterion blu-ray out today. http://amzn.to/13bYW00

I never understood why people love this film so much. I watched it once, on VHS, in the 80s, and it just seemed, well, okay.

What am I missing? Should I watch it again? Why does it deserve a Criterion edition? I don't get it.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

While clearly not to everybody's taste, Repo Man was one of the best reviewed films of 1984. It is remembered today for being one of the best representations of the mid-80s L.A. punk scene as well as a biting satire on conspiracy theorists, an increasingly commercialized religious presence and the economic realities of the era (which actually inform all aspects of the film). The film's anarchic sense of humor is understandably off-putting to many, but on the other hand, it's one of the few films you can point to where the first time you ever saw it, you really had no idea what was going to happen next.


The Criterion picture transfer is pretty clean, and looks great considering the vintage and budget of the movie. The previous DVD I had of this title had an awful surround re-mix that just muddied up the sound. The Criterion disc restores the original mono soundtrack, which is actually a very good mix, and it sounds clear and present here, with good balances. The music particularly benefits from this presentation, as it sounded very fuzzy on the re-mix.

The Criterion disc features two of the most notable Plugz score cues are heard during the menu screens without any sound effects or dialogue; the variation on “Ride of the Valkyries” heard when the gang steals the Malibu from the Rodriguez brothers, and the riff on Iggy Pop's Repo Man theme as Otto chases down the Malibu on foot, with arpeggios matching his sprint down a flight of stairs. The menu screen animation can be seen here:

http://vimeo.com/63400563

The Masters of Cinema release reportedly has an isolated music and effects track which doesn't appear on the Criterion. Does anybody have that release? How busy is the effects track?

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Criterion blu-ray out today. http://amzn.to/13bYW00

I never understood why people love this film so much. I watched it once, on VHS, in the 80s, and it just seemed, well, okay.

What am I missing? Should I watch it again? Why does it deserve a Criterion edition? I don't get it.



"Repo Man" is an underground film that is designed for a niche audience: hip British happy fews who enjoy the New Wave and punk rock counterculture of the early 80's. The film itself is an off-centered tribute to Robert Aldrich's "Kiss Me Deadly". The film is filled with references for connoisseurs. Besides, actor Emilio Estevez was the arch-teenager of that era and appears in "The Breakfast Club", but here, he tries to be subversive.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Besides, actor Emilio Estevez was the arch-teenager of that era and appears in "The Breakfast Club", but here, he tries to be subversive.

To be fair, Estevez did Repo Man *before* Breakfast Club. smile

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Besides, actor Emilio Estevez was the arch-teenager of that era and appears in "The Breakfast Club", but here, he tries to be subversive.

To be fair, Estevez did Repo Man *before* Breakfast Club. smile

Greg Espinoza


You are right. Keep in mind he did "The Outsiders" a year before. wink
After "The Breakfast Club", he went on playing for "St. Elmo's Fire".

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I'm pretty sure it was Executive Produced by my favorite Monkee, Michael Nesmith too!! How cool is that?

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

It made L.A. look ugly.

Seemed that the city officials wanted the film buried because they had an Olympics coming up.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

It made L.A. look ugly.

Seemed that the city officials wanted the film buried because they had an Olympics coming up.


Sadly, much of L.A. really does look like that... frown

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I remember loving the film at the time. Can't remember a thing about it though. I'll be getting this.

 
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