Last week, we got excited for the Criterion Collections new addition of Repo Man with their signature Three Reasons. And to further commemorate the induction of Alex Cox’s sci-fi punk cult classic, they’ve now posted a video of Iggy Pop, the man behind the film’s theme, talking about his experience working with Cox and how the assignment "came at a perfect moment in his career.’ The entire interview is available to watch as part of Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film alongside audio-commentary from Cox, deleted scenes and trailers, conversations between Harry Dean Stanton and Peter McCarthy, plus a booklet full of illustrations and essays.
But for now, watch the brief clip and make sure to add this one to the top of your wish list.
Last week, we explored the Criterion Collection’s wonderful new edition of Repo Man, and tomorrow another spring release will make itself available for purchase: Richard III. The legendary classic from Laurence Olivier now feature, not only a restored version of the film but a wealth of commentary, behind-the-scenes stills and posters, as well as essays on the feature. And what better way to commemorate the occasion than with one of cinema’s most beloved and acclaimed directors, Martin Scorsese, talking about the film for himself.
First released in 1955 and shot in VistaVision and Technicolor, Richard III is absolutely stunning but in the years since has fallen victim to the fading and staining of tiem, preventing the film to be seen in its full beauty. But now, with the Criterion Collection’s stunning restoration of the classic, you can see the film has it was meant to be viewed, as well as now hear Scorsese tell us about the process. In this eight minute video, the iconic director talks about Richard III’s "falling into disrepair and delineates the painstaking processes of finding the best surviving elements and bringing the film back to a version as close as possible to what Olivier intended."
So if that tickles your fancy, you can learn more about the ravishing Machiavellian masterpierce HERE and HERE and purchase the DVD for yourself tomororow.
1984 was a good year for Harry Dean Stanton. Not only did he lead Wim Wenders existential romantic yearning masterpiece Paris, Texas, but he also starred as Bud in Alex Cox’s classic Repo Man alongside a young and spritely Emilio Estevez . And whereas Paris, Texas has been a Criterion Collection staple for some time now, Repo Man gets its collection release today, and with it comes Three Reasons why you’ll love this movie. Their reasons are simple: it’s a punk classic, a sci-fi classic, and a cult classic all wrapped in one.
In his article Repo Man: A Lattice of Coincidence, Sam McPheeters writes:
…Like Billy Wilder and so many others, Cox saw Los Angeles through the eyes of a foreigner. Perhaps this perspective helped him gauge the weight of the city’s car culture. There is a boxy, sinister element to all the key autos: Bud’s Chevy Impala, Otto’s heisted AMC Matador, the Chevy Malibu that really did get stolen during filming. Actors auditioned in cars. The film’s only glamorous ride, the Rodriguez brothers’ 1964 Ford Falcon convertible, felt the wrath of Stanton’s baseball bat— during an on-set argument over his right to wield a real baseball bat in place of a prop one. And as a car film, Repo Man faithfully captures the terrors of its era. In Grease—a movie with a similar magic-chariot finale— the paved L.A. River is a private racetrack for gleaming hot rods. Here, it’s Bud’s doomsday escape route.
…I was lucky enough to see Repo Man in its first theatrical run. I was fifteen and just attempting the jump from the illicit grubbiness of sci-fi fandom to the illicit prestige of hardcore punk. The movie seemed perfectly targeted to my demographic. I remember my shock that someone in a position of any authority knew enough about this subculture to make such an uncondescending film, one that so gracefully captured the scene’s fluid silliness. The moment when the sheet is removed from Kevin in the hospital scene was a revelation; I simply didn’t know movies could work like that. Of course, I still don’t.
So if you weren’t already excited for Repo Man‘s release, check out the Three Reasons below, read the rest of McPheeters article, and get your copy now.