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Down By Law [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [Widescreen]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 10/22/2002
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Jim Jarmusch follows his groundbreaking Stranger Than Paradise with another rambling, character-driven film with a twisted sense of humor. Set in a seedy New Orleans summer, Down By Law details the meeting of three unlikely convicts and their just as unlikely escape. Zack (Tom Waits) is an out-of-work DJ who is accused of murder when a body is found in the trunk of a stolen car he was hired to drive across town. Jack (John Lurie) is a pimp set up for a fall by a competitor. These two sullen souls are locked in a cell with Roberto (Roberto Benigni), a cheerful Italian immigrant who happens to have killed a man. The chemistry between the members of this loosely bound "team" is fascinating: Zack and Jack are forever laughing at Roberto, yet they rely on his energy and good will to escape their dire situation. The three mismatched miscreants eventually bust out of jail and head into the Louisiana bayous. Tired and hungry, they separate to search for food: Waits goes one way, Lurie another, and the frightened Benigni decides to risk stepping into a ramshackle diner. Somehow or other, he winds up in the arms of gorgeous Italian girl Nicoletta Braschi -- and is even able to provide new clothes and escape routes for his astonished comrades! ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

Side #1 -- Down by Law

1. Prologue [4:27]
2. Titles [1:22]
3. "We Can't Live in the Present Forever" [3:45]
4. These Boots Are Made for Walking [2:22]
5. "If You Was a Good Pimp" [3:14]
6. "A Piece of Chicken" [3:27]
7. Do Not Enter [1:17]
8. "Someone to Take Care of You" [2:33]
9. "It's a Sad & Beautiful World" [2:15]
10. "I'm in a Bad Mood" [3:43]
11. Lagnlappe [4:09]
12. "You Don't Even Exist" [8:18]
13. "Right Here on WYLD" [3:29]
14. "Makin' Time Go Slower" [1:03]
15. "Call Me Bob" [3:38]
16. Italian Hiccups, American Cigarettes [2:11]
17. "Do You Like Walt Whitman?" [:54]
18. "La Bella Finestra" [1:41]
19. "We Are a Good Egg" [4:22]
20. "I Scream-a, You Scream-a" [2:50]
21. "Hit Was a Prison Film" [2:15]
22. A Walk in the Yard [:48]
23. Mark Twain Will Save You [1:29]
24. "My Family in Half an Hour?!" [2:24]
25. "All I Ever Knowed" [1:39]
26. Bob Frost [:47]
27. "Goin' Around in Circles" [5:21]
28. Which Way Now? [2:39]
29. "I Love to Catch, to Dream..." [3:10]
30. Civilization [4:35]
31. "It's a Mirage" [1:43]
32. "Like in a Book for Children" [3:18]
33. "Have to Keep Going" [4:04]
34. "Wish You Were Here" [3:56]
35. Two Roads Diverged in a Wood [1:27]
36. End Credits [2:57]

Side #2 -- Special Features

1. Working With Jim [4:26]
2. Camera/Lenses [1:32]
3. Film Stock/Prep [3:26]
4. Master Shots/Lighting [1:54]
5. Momentum/Teamwork [3:17]
6. Camera Operating/Shooting [6:25]
7. Looking Back [1:37]
1. Standing Around [1:56]
2. Beginnings [9:25]
3. Meetings [6:00]
4. Intentions [6:28]
5. Money [1:59]
6. "My Life Is Changed!" [3:29]
7. Influences [6:43]
8. Actors [2:05]
9. Nodding Off [3:37]
1. Scene 3B [2:41]
2. Scene (R) 12 [:56]
3. Scene 13A [1:45]
4. Scene 14A [1:13]
5. Scene 15 [3:01]
6. Scene 16 [2:08]
7. Scene 19 [1:24]
8. Scene 31 [:39]
9. Scene 35/36 [1:50]
10. Scene 37C [:55]
11. Scene 39A [:32]
12. Scene 40A/B [1:04]
13. Scene 41 [2:09]
14. Scene 45A [:54]
15. Scene 48B [:32]
16. An Alternate Ending [2:15]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 107 minutes
  • Sound: dd1
  • Formats: Black & White, Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 2
  • Languages: English, French
  • Subtitle: French
  • UPC: 037429172025
  • Product ID: 2186703
  • Genre: Comedy

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