directed by John Lurie
USA 1991

 

  John Lurie knows absolutely nothing about fishing, but that doesn’t stop him from undertaking the adventure of a lifetime on Fishing With John. Traveling with his special guests to the most exotic and dangerous places on earth, John Lurie battles sharks with Jim Jarmusch off the tip of Long Island, goes ice fishing with Willem Dafoe at Maine’s northernmost point, braves the Costa Rican jungle with Matt Dillon, takes Tom Waits to Jamaica, and searches for the elusive giant squid with Dennis Hopper in Thailand.

Theatrical Release: 1991

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 42  - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 2:31:42 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.77 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by writer/director/musician John Lurie
• “Big Heart” music video by John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards
• 6-page liner notes with essay by Michael Azerrad

DVD Release Date: April 27th, 1999

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I will make a guess that this is Criterion's worst seller... and maybe it shouldn't be. I had read about it and wasn't expecting g much, but was surprised, but not overwhelmed. It is amusing, cute and funny at times with a collective choice of enigmatic stars to garner appeal for some. It moves rather slow and the DVD quality is very poor.

A non-progressively transferred image is taken from mostly 16mm footage which is hazy and blurry (looks like a home video), colors seem bright enough but tend to bleed. It does tend to add to the realism of the documentaries. It has a commentary from John Lurie, but I was not overly impressed with it nor his "Big Heart" music video. For the most part, I don't know too many people who this will appeal to - it is eclectic for sure, which can find one group. Something about it seems contrived and artificial - if only in concept. At Criterion's lower tier of pricing, we find it still too expensive. It was a big hit in Japan (where the financing came I think) but we don't recommend... except to a very few who may find the allure Jarmusch, Waits and Hopper a  strong enough pull. out of

Gary W. Tooze

 





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