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Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch

Dead Man (Criterion Blu-Ray)

24 Apr 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1995
  • 121 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #919

With Dead Man, his first period piece, Jim Jarmusch imagined the nineteenth-century American West as an existential wasteland, delivering a surreal reckoning with the ravages of industrialization, the country’s legacy of violence and prejudice, and the natural cycle of life and death. Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) has hardly arrived in the godforsaken outpost of Machine before he’s caught in the middle of a fatal lovers’ quarrel. Wounded and on the lam, Blake falls under the watch of the outcast Nobody (Gary Farmer), who guides his companion on a spiritual journey, teaching him to dispense poetic justice along the way. Featuring austerely beautiful black-and-white photography by Robby Müller and a live-wire score by Neil Young, Dead Man is a profound and unique revision of the western genre.


William BlakeJohnny Depp
NobodyGary Farmer
Cole WilsonLance Henriksen
Conway TwillMichael Wincott
Thel RussellMili Avital
Salvatore “Sally” JenkoIggy Pop
Big George DrakouliousBilly Bob Thornton
Benmont TenchJared Harris
Train firemanCrispin Glover
Johnny “The Kid” PickettEugene Byrd
Nobody’s girlfriendMichelle Thrush
Marvin (older marshal)Jimmie Ray Weeks
Lee (younger marshal)Mark Bringelson
Charlie DickinsonGabriel Byrne
John ScholfieldJohn Hurt
Trading-post missionaryAlfred Molina
John DickinsonRobert Mitchum


DirectorJim Jarmusch
Written byJim Jarmusch
ProducerDemetra J. MacBride
Director of photographyRobby Müller
Edited byJay Rabinowitz
Music composed and performed byNeil Young
Production designerRobert Ziembicki
Costume designerMarit Allen
CoproducerKaren Koch
Casting byEllen Lewis and Laura Rosenthal

Disc Features


  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New Q&A in which Jarmusch responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Rarely seen footage of Neil Young composing and performing the film’s score
  • New interview with actor Gary Farmer
  • New readings of William Blake poems by members of the cast, including Mili Avital, Alfred Molina, and Iggy Pop
  • New selected-scene audio commentary by production designer Bob Ziembicki and sound mixer Drew Kunin
  • Deleted scenes
  • Jarmusch’s location scouting photos
  • PLUS: Essays by film critic Amy Taubin and music journalist Ben Ratliff



The Sounds of Dead Man

April 21, 2018

Earlier this year, Jim Jarmusch dug up original footage of Neil Young recording the score for Dead Man, which we used to create a program on our new release. Read more »

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Dead Man (Criterion DVD)

24 Apr 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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