• The Criterion Collection is proud to announce that it will be releasing one of the landmarks of independent cinema, downtown icon Jim Jarmusch’s epic ode to everything Stranger Than Paradise, in the form the filmmaker originally intended.

    While working on Criterion’s upcoming release of Dead Man, Jarmusch revealed that his breakthrough film had originally been conceived as a 3D experience. “When we originally filmed the movie,” he said, “we tried duct-taping two Bolex cameras together, but at the time we just weren’t able to combine the two images correctly for 3D . . . until now!”

    Criterion’s Jon Mulvaney says that by any measure this will be one of the company’s proudest achievements. “Here at Criterion, we’ve always been committed to presenting each film as its maker would want it seen, fully restored, in the correct aspect ratio, and so on, but this isn’t just a matter of a few dirt and scratch fixes or an alternate shot here and there. This is a chance to make a filmmaker’s dream come true.”

    When it was released in 1984, Stranger Than Paradise set the standard for immersive indie experiences, but few knew that they had only seen half the film. The secondary camera reels, long thought lost, were discovered in Jarmusch’s basement in stunning mint condition. Scanned in 4K, the reels were composited using state-of-the-art 3D-Lineator® MARK IV™ software to create the ultra-real impression that Jarmusch always hoped for. You can practically smell the sidewalks of the East Village and the shores of Lake Erie! Look for STP3D at select theaters later this year.

13 comments

  • By yorgos
    April 01, 2018
    10:24 AM

    Bravo Nolan!
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  • By TMDGLL
    April 01, 2018
    10:24 AM

    I am so so happy that I was taken in by this posting on Easter morning (this year otherwise known as April Fools Day). It made absolutely no sense at the same time as making perfect sense (who wouldn't want to watch the apartment vacuuming scene in 3D?). I laughed out loud joyously when I looked down and saw the date of the posting. Cheers.
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  • By Sean Ramsdell
    April 01, 2018
    01:04 PM

    Why 3D?
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  • By thevoid99
    April 01, 2018
    05:13 PM

    Wow!!!! This is going to be incredible! I always wanted to see that film in 3D!!!! *snickers*
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  • By HUSKY
    April 01, 2018
    07:17 PM

    Will we still have the option to watch a non 3d version on the Blu-ray edition? I've been used to that version for over 20 years and am not necessarily a huge fan of 3d.
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  • By HUSKY
    April 01, 2018
    07:23 PM

    I hope it's like the release for Pina and includes both.
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  • By itchyrodent32
    April 01, 2018
    08:43 PM

    This post is an April Fool's joke.
    Reply
  • By Mark R. Young
    April 01, 2018
    10:08 PM

    This gives me hope that the missing section from MYSTERY TRAIN will finally become available!
    Reply
  • By Brown
    April 02, 2018
    12:09 AM

    They should make a remake.
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  • By Davey32
    April 02, 2018
    12:12 AM

    What a great April Fool's Day Joke! I needed that. Thanks Criterion!
    Reply
  • By Gord
    April 02, 2018
    10:24 AM

    Please release Fishing With John in 3D next.
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  • By HUSKY
    April 03, 2018
    07:30 AM

    I didn't remember April fool's even existed.
    Reply
  • By Gary
    April 18, 2018
    04:33 AM

    I quote Screamin Jay Hawkins: "AAAARGHH-H! Aaow! Aaow! Ooo! Aar-rgh-h. Ee-ah. Oo-da-da! hgrauugh-h! oo-o, oo-o."
    Reply