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(aka 'Dead Man" or "Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man')

directed by Jim Jarmusch
USA 1995

Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, a disturbing, mysterious black-and-white western, opens with someone named William Blake (Johnny Depp), a recently orphaned accountant from Cleveland, traveling west on a train with the promise of a job at a metal works in a town called Machine. He keeps dozing off and waking to new sets of fellow passengers, including several who fire their guns out the windows at a herd of buffalo. (Such occurrences were common in the 1870s, encouraged by the government as a means of wiping out Indians by eliminating one of their staples; in 1875, over a million buffalo were slaughtered.)

When Blake arrives at his destination--a nightmarishly squalid settlement of festering meanness and pollution--he's told derisively by both Dickinson (Robert Mitchum), the blustering, hostile metal-works owner, and one of his henchmen (John Hurt) that they no longer need an accountant, having filled the position some time ago. After repairing to a saloon to spend the remainder of his meager supply of cash on a small bottle of whiskey, Blake runs into a former prostitute named Thel (Mili Avital) selling paper flowers and winds up in bed with her. Later that night Thel's former lover (Gabriel Byrne)--who happens to be Dickinson's son--bursts in and, after a brief exchange, shoots her dead and seriously wounds Blake in the chest with the same bullet. Grabbing Thel's bedside pistol, Blake fires back three times, eventually hitting his assailant in the neck, and makes a clumsy getaway on the man's pinto after falling out the window.

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum's review at the Chicago Reader located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: May 26th, 1995 - Cannes Film Festival

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Distribution Miramax  - Region 1- NTSC BAC  - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:01:08 2:01:05.132
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.91 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Disc Size: 18,009,825,028 bytes

Feature: 17,570,420,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 17.99 Mbps

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)  Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Subtitles English (close captioned), French, None French (forced when English audio is chosen), None (optional when French audio is chosen)
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Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Deleted Scenes (3:28)
• Outtakes (14:53)
• Dead Man Theme music video (2:40)

• Trailer (1:55)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

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Chapters: 19

Release Information:
Studio: BAC (France)

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 18,009,825,028 bytes

Feature: 17,570,420,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 17.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DVD Release Date: November 5th, 2008

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Chapters: 16

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ADDITION: BAC - Region FREE Blu-ray - June 09': Not much to say - it's a bit of a puny single-layered Blu-ray - not worthy of the film. Contrast is a better, detail as well - but not enough. The big rap against this BAC Blu-ray is that it has forced French subtitles when the English audio is chosen. My Momitsu tells me it's region FREE but with no extras either this deserves a pass till a more bona-fide edition can come out. The MiraMax DVD remains quite strong and is definitely worth picking up for the film.  

 

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ON THE DVD: This is a very good DVD. The picture quality is excellent, it has some decent, if not illuminating, extras, is anamorphic and has removable close-captioned subtitles. I guess another of the big pluses of this intriguing film-on-DVD is that the price is very reasonable. This appears to be as clean and sharp a black and white print as I can remember and is accented further by the great outdoor cinematography. For Jarmusch fans and those ready to become one - this is a must-own DVD.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

 


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