Mystery Train [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1989]

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and apporved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Q&a with Jarmusch in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Excerpts from the 2001 documentary Screamin' Jay Hawkins : I Put a Spell on Me
  • Original documentary on the film's locations and the rich social and music history of Memphis
  • On-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita and behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a booklet featuring essays by writers Dennis Lim and Peter Guralnick


Mystery Train
Written and directed by the ever-unpredictable Jim Jarmusch, Mystery Train is comprised of three short anecdotes involving foreign tourists in Tennessee. Each story is set in a fleabag Memphis hotel which has been redressed as a "tribute" to Elvis Presley. Story one involves two Japanese tourists whose devotion to '50s American rock music blinds them to everything around them. Story two finds eternal victim Luisa (Nicoletta Braschi) sharing a room with stone-broke Dee Dee (Elizabeth Bracco) and having her problems solved by a spectral vision of the King. And story three offers the further misadventures of Dee Dee, her no-good boyfriend, and her dysfunctional family. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Masatoshi Nagase
    Masatoshi Nagase - Jun
  • Youki Kudoh
    Youki Kudoh - Mitzuko
  • Nicoletta Braschi
    Nicoletta Braschi - Luisa
  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins
    Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Night Clerk
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    Cinqué Lee - Bellboy

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