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Mystery Train

Jim Jarmusch

 
Mystery Train (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1989
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
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  • Spine #521

Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.

Cast

Credits

DirectorJim Jarmusch
ProducerJim Stark
ScreenplayJim Jarmusch
CinematographyRobby Müller
EditingMelody London
MusicJohn Lurie
Associate producerDemtra MacBride
Line producerRudd Simmons
Executive producerKunijiro Hirata and Hideaki Suda
Production designDan Bishop

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Excerpts from the 2001 documentary Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me
  • Original documentary on the film’s locations and the rich social and musical history of Memphis
  • On-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita and behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by writers Dennis Lim and Peter Guralnick

    New cover by YeeHaw Industries

Film Essays

Mystery Train: Memphis Blues Again

By Peter Guralnick June 16, 2010

What seems so extraordinary to me about Mystery Train, watching it again twenty years after its deadpan arrival, is not just how fresh and vivid—how utterly timeless—it remains but the extent to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mystery Train: Strangers in the Night

By Dennis Lim June 14, 2010

All writing is travel writing, the axiom goes. And for Jim Jarmusch, perhaps more than any other filmmaker working today, all movies are travel movies. It’s not a slight to call him the epitome . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014


Press Notes

Press notes: Mystery Train

June 28, 2010

“Jim Jarmusch outdoes himself withMystery Train,” exclaims Michael Rubino in a DVD Verdict review of Criterion’s new Blu-ray and DVD editions of the American auteur’s quirky trip to Memphis. “It . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mystery Train: Memphis Blues Again

By Peter Guralnick June 16, 2010

What seems so extraordinary to me about Mystery Train, watching it again twenty years after its deadpan arrival, is not just how fresh and vivid—how utterly timeless—it remains but the extent to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mystery Train: Strangers in the Night

By Dennis Lim June 14, 2010

All writing is travel writing, the axiom goes. And for Jim Jarmusch, perhaps more than any other filmmaker working today, all movies are travel movies. It’s not a slight to call him the epitome . . . Read more »


News

Unveiling the Mystery

June 07, 2010

Fans of Jim Jarmusch in the Columbus, Ohio, area may want to steam down to the Wexner Center for the Arts tonight for a release party for Criterion’s new DVD and Blu-ray special editions of . . . Read more »


Announcements

Ask Jim Jarmusch

December 22, 2009

When we released Jim Jarmusch’s films Down by Law and Night on Earth, the supplement Ask Jim, in which he answered questions viewers wrote in about his films, was so popular that we’ve decided . . . Read more »


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