Excerpt: Alex Cox’s futuristic sci-fi classic Repo Man was a winner with critics in 1984, but it didn’t make an enormous dent with the public. It made its budget back and a little extra, but it wasn’t a smash hit. It stuck around though and garnered itself a nice little cult status over the years.
Conclusion: Writer and director Alex Cox made his feature-length debut with 1984's 'Repo Man,' a social satire on the banality of modernity starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez. The bizarre sci-fi/fantasy comedy blends punk rock, dead aliens, government conspiracies, and repo men in a hilariously weird but incisively clever tale. This Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection arrives with an excellent audio/video presentation.
Conclusion: A true cult film with a legendary punk soundtrack, Alex Cox's Repo Man is finally coming to America. I think that this excellent Blu-ray release has the potential to become many people's favorite release this year - the film looks very good and there are plenty of outstanding bonus features to compliment it, including a brand new video interview with the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Repo Man was surely destined to be a complete one-off. Its director, the 29-year-old Alex Cox, was a Liverpudlian punk fresh out of UCLA. To further the incongruity he was also a massive fan of Spaghetti Westerns, somewhat politically engaged and had studied alongside such key proponents of the �L.A. Rebellion� movement as Charles Burnett and Julie Dash. What else could such a combination produce other than a work of genuine distinction?
Conclusion: I find it rather strange that important classic, contemporary and cult American films get a lot more respect overseas than they do in America. Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter , David Lynch's Mulholland Drive , Gus Van Sant's Elephant , Orson Welles' Touch of Evil , and Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop are only a few of these films that deserve to be on the American market.