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Down By Law [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1986]

Release Date:10/22/2002
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Jim Jarmusch's landmark independent film Down By Law comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include reflections from Jarmusch, an interview with cinematographer Robby Muller, footage from a 1986 Cannes Film Festival press conference with the director and his three lead performers, the original theatrical trailer, and other extras. This is a superb release from Criterion, showing once again why they are one of the most respected names in home video.



New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions

Thoughts & reflections by Jim Jarmusch

2002 video interview with director of photography Robby Müller

1986 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Jarmusch & stars John Lurie, Roberto Benigni & Nicoletta Braschi

1986 John Lurie interview with commentary


Music video of Tom Waits singing Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," directed by Jarmusch

Q&A with Jarmusch

Jarmusch's phone calls with Waits, Benigni & Lurie

Isolated music track

Production Polaroids

Location stills

Original theatrical trailer

Optional French dub track, featuring Roberto Benigni

Optional French subtitles

English subtitles for the deaf & hearing impaired

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition