My Own Private Idaho (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray) R

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My Own Private Idaho (Criterion Collection)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 6, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Note: Illustrated 2005 audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes
    • The making of "My Private Idaho," a 2005 documentary featuring cast and crew
    • Kings of the road, a 2005 interview with film scholar Paul Arthur on Van Sant's adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight
    • Conversation from 2005 between writer JT LeRoy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette
    • Deleted scenes
    • Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • DTS HD Master Audio
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh81%

Total Count: 57


User Ratings: 38,612
Rating: 4/4 -- One of the most original cinematic talents at work in this country, Van Sant has a knack for pulling disparate elements together and twisting them into wildly funny lyrical odysseys of the mind and heart. Full Review
Seattle Times
Jun 2, 2014
It misrepresents illness in order to be amusing and Shakespeare in order to seem deep. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 23, 2018
Creatively ambitious and handsomely shot....[Van Sant's] most successful mix so far between straight storytelling and experimental technique.
Sep 1, 2005
...Brilliantly impudent....Van Sant boldly floats us off on a sea of visions with no visible anchor....It's a fable about the leaps in perception by which a world grows up...
Film Comment
Nov 1, 1991
...A giddy medley of innumerable private dreams, memories and fantasies...
Sight and Sound
Apr 1, 1992
Rating: 4/5 -- American indie god Gus Van Sant's most iconic moment was this giddily rich revisionist road movie-cum-western. Full Review
Total Film
Jun 2, 2014
Rating: 3/4 -- Cracked and beautiful, stranger than strange, yet in some assuring way so pulsing with life that it embraces you as warmly as Father Knows Best. Full Review
Baltimore Sun
Jun 2, 2014

Product Description:

A narcoleptic, psychologically-scarred young man who peddles his body, and his best friend, who also works the streets though he's from a wealthy political family, wander together and apart, from Seattle to as far away as Italy. A loose reworking of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," with Reeves as the prodigal son who slums in the Pacific Northwest's junkie lowlife milieu.

Plot Synopsis:

Semi-documentary footage of Seattle street hustling mixes with highly theatrical Shakespearean speech in this very loose adaptation of "Henry IV." In Seattle, Mike, a male prostitute and narcoleptic, meets Scott, who is rebelling against his wealthy family by working the streets. The two decide to embark on a search for Mike's long-lost mother, and their journey leads them first to Mike's home in Idaho and then to Italy.


Production Notes:

  • River Phoenix was given the 1991 Best Actor Award from the Venice Film Festival and the National Society of Film Critics. Film received 1991 International Critic's Award from the Toronto Festival of Festivals. Picture, director Gus Van Sant, and River Phoenix were named first runnersup in their respective categories by the 1991 New York Film Critics Circle.
  • Film is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's play "Henry IV" and is based directly on the short story, "My Own Private Idaho," and on two scripts, "Minions of the Moon" (aka "My Own Private Idaho) and "In a Blue Funk."
  • The role of Bob Pigeon was played by William Richert, who directed "The American Success Co.," "Winter Kills," and the River Phoenix vehicle "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon."
  • Estimated budget $2.5 million.
  • Filmed in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Rome, Italy. Filming began November 1, 1990; completed December 21, 1990. Color by Alpha Cine, Fotocinema. Sound in Ultra Stereo.
  • Screened at the 1991 Deauville Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and London Film Festival.
  • Released in USA November 8, 1991. Released on video April 22, 1992.
  • Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors.
  • Reviewed in Variety September 9, 1991 (which lists running time at 102 minutes) and in New York Times and Los Angeles Times October 18, 1991.

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Product Info

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  • UPC: 715515158619
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