Each week we’re recommending a movie from the film lover’s favorite home video company, Criterion. The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film. This week, Dead Man.
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.
Black & White
- 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
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing