directed by Gus Van Sant
USA 1991


  River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in director Gus Van Sant’s haunting tale of two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest from the grungy streets to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called “home.” Groundbreaking and visually dazzling, My Own Private Idaho is a stirring look at unrequited love and life at society’s margins.


Theatrical Release: September 12th, 1991 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Review: Criterion (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 277 - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:44:02
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.27 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes (Safe, Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine)
• The Making of My Own Private Idaho, a new documentary featuring interviews with key crew members
• New video interview with film critic Paul Arthur on the adaptation of Shakespeare in My Own Private Idaho
• Video conversation between producer Laurie Parker and Rain Phoenix
• Outtakes
• Original theatrical trailer
• A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and Reeves

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2005

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Looks like a yellow filter was used and I assume it was deliberate. Very cleaned and sharp image with some nice film grain peeking through. Deep blacks and excellent subtitles. Massive extras that I will be wading through in the future. Van Sant fans should feel quite fortunate that Criterion picked this one up. Another triumph by the leaders of the pack, Criterion. out of

Gary W. Tooze


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