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Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders

Paris, Texas (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Germany, France, United States
  • 1984
  • 147 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #501

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon.


DirectorWim Wenders
ProducerDon Guest
Written bySam Shepard
Adaptation byL. M. Kit Carson
Executive producerChris Sievernich
MusicRy Cooder
Director of photographyRobby Müller
EditingPeter Przygodda
Art directorKate Altman

Disc Features


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Wenders
  • Video interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen
  • Excerpts from a 1990 documentary on Wenders, featuring interviews with Wenders, cinematographer Robby Müller, composer Ry Cooder, actors Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Peter Falk, and Hanns Zischler, novelist Patricia Highsmith, and director Samuel Fuller
  • New video interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Claire Denis
  • “Wim Wenders Hollywood April ’84,” a segment from the French television program Cinéma cinémas, showing Wenders and Cooder at work on the score
  • Deleted scenes and Super 8 home movies
  • Gallery of Wenders’s location-scouting photos
  • Behind-the-scenes photos by Robin Holland
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Nick Roddick, interviews with Stanton, writer Sam Shepard, and actors Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell, and excerpts from Wenders’s book of photos Written in the West

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Paris, Texas: On the Road Again

By Nick Roddick January 27, 2010

I have been going to press screenings at the Cannes Film Festival for more than twenty-five years, but only twice have I been absolutely sure—blindingly, heart-racingly certain—that I have just . . . Read more »

On Five


Robin Holland on the Set of Paris, Texas

January 08, 2018

We remember the late portrait photographer Robin Holland with two images she took on the set of Paris, Texas. Read more »

Web Exclusives


A Moment with Harry

By Allison Anders September 28, 2017

Filmmaker Allison Anders recalls a story about her time working with the late Harry Dean Stanton on the set of Paris, Texas. Read more »



Did You See This?

August 26, 2016

Last weekend, in conjunction with his new album, Blonde, musician and noted cinephile Frank Ocean released a limited-edition zine titled Boys Don’t Cry, which featured a list of his favorite . . . Read more »



Harry Dean Stanton Turns Ninety

July 14, 2016

Over the last sixty years, Harry Dean Stanton has carved out a singular path in American cinema. His roles showcase a rare combination of haunting stoicism and emotional depth, qualities that he . . . Read more »



A Robby Müller Retrospective

June 09, 2016

Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller has given us some of the most transcendent images ever captured on-screen. Since beginning his career in the late sixties, he has lensed a wealth of indelible . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

On Five


Wim Wenders: Songs from Along the Road

June 07, 2016

“One of the discoveries of the road movies was not only that you could travel and work and make a film at the same time, and improvise it, but that rock and roll could also be, in the true . . . Read more »

Big Screen


Repertory Pick: Wenders in Waterville

April 07, 2016

This week, the Janus Films touring retrospective of Wim Wenders’s work is making a stop at the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, Maine, to screen the iconic German director’s 1984 . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

In the Mood for Love

February 14, 2016

Photo Galleries

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014

Photo Galleries



Chef du Cinema: Paris, Texas

By Ron Deutsch May 26, 2011

Last month, a new art-house theater opened here in Austin, the Violet Crown Cinema. (Our city has several pet names, and one of them is the City of the Violet Crown. Why it’s called that has . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Paris, Texas

February 16, 2010

Wim Wenders’s haunting family drama Paris, Texas has always had particularly ardent admirers. And as evidenced by recent reviews of the Criterion DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film, time has . . . Read more »


Like Flying Blind Without Instruments: On the Turning Point in Paris, Texas

By Wim Wenders January 27, 2010

This piece first appeared in the 1991 Wim Wenders collection The Logic of Images: Essays and Conversation (Faber and Faber), translated by Michael Hofmann. The story’s about a man who turns up . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Paris, Texas: On the Road Again

By Nick Roddick January 27, 2010

I have been going to press screenings at the Cannes Film Festival for more than twenty-five years, but only twice have I been absolutely sure—blindingly, heart-racingly certain—that I have just . . . Read more »


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