The Criterion Collection has announced that is bringing one of the quintessential cult films of the 1980’s to Blu-ray this spring. On April 16, 2013, Criterion will bring Repo Man to Blu-ray for the first time. The film was written and directed by Alex Cox and stars Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Tracey Walter, and Olivia Barash.
Director Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars Stanton as a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in reclaiming a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is a politically trenchant take on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policy.
Repo Man was released in March of 1984 and grossed a paltry $129,000 in theatrical box office, but found its audience on video where it became a cult classic which is treasured to this day.As with all Criterion Collection releases, the Blu-ray will include several special features, including: a new high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; an audio-commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora; Interviews with Cox, Stanton, Barash, Richardson, and Zamora – producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks – actors Dick Rude and Miguel Sandoval – musicians Keith Morris and Iggy Bob – and Sam Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb; deleted scenes; the complete “cleaned-up” television version of the film; theatrical trailers; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters, an illustrated production history by Cox, Cox’s original comic and film proposal, and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis.
Here is the theatrical trailer for Repo Man courtesy of Spamanator 666.