Stranger Than Paradise: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1984) / Region 1
Stranger Than Paradise: The Criterion Collection

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Stranger Than Paradise: The Criterion Collection

Rootless Hungarian emigre Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch's one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema. Also included in this special-edition release is Jarmusch's legendary debut feature, Permanent Vacation, a time capsule of late-seventies Manhattan, on DVD for the first time in the United States.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 05 2007
  • Production Year 1984
  • Empire SKU 1350411
  • UPC Code 715515024020
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Permanent Vacation (1980, 75 min.), Jarmusch's first full-length feature, presented in a new, restored high-definition transfer, supervised by the director
Kino '84: Jim Jarmusch: a 1984 German television program featuring interviews with cast and crew from Stranger Than Paradise and Permanent Vacation
Some Days In January, 1984, a behind-the-scenes Super-8 film by Tom Jarmusch
Location scouting photos
U.S. and Japanese trailers
PLUS: A booklet featuring Jarmusch's 1984 Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise, Geoff Andrew and J. Hoberman on Stranger Than Paradise, and Luc Sante on Permanent Vacation


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 B&W (Anamorphic)



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