• “Jim Jarmusch outdoes himself with Mystery 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’s a classic independent film whose storytelling convention and atmosphere are only outdone by the bizarre characters filling the screen. It’s an ode to the early apostles in the religion of rock, a pilgrimage to a forgotten American landmark, and just a fun movie worth checking out.” According to Joseph John Lanthier in Slant, “Jim Jarmusch managed to abreact his interest in pop music, spectral Elvises, interlocking story lines, and cheesy TV in one brilliant, poetic burst.” And Paper’s Dennis Dermody writes, “The film is luminously photographed by Robby Müller, and there is a funky, deadpan humor and wit to the movie that always leaves me violently ecstatic every time I watch it.”

    There’s more from Stomp and Stammer’s Steve Dollar, who uses the occasion to pay tribute to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (who appears as the desk clerk in the film), “one of the freakiest musical personas of all time,” and Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer, who calls Mystery Train a “landmark work of made-in-Memphis cinema.”

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