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Straight to Hell: The Director’s Cut

Straight to Hell: The Director’s Cut

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A 2K Restoration! From Alex Cox, the director of Repo Man, Highway Patrolman and Sid and Nancy. In this director’s cut of the 1987 cult classic, four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town, but very soon find out that the town is not really deserted. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Simms (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. After missing their intended target and trying to escape the wrath of their employer (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert and rob a bank en-route. As their car dies in a ravine, the trio bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out till the heat blows over. The insane cast includes Courtney Love, The Pogues, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Kathy Burke and Xander Berkeley.

As embodied by Alan Bates, Butley falls back on the surgically precise wit and savage eloquence that helped put him in his current circumstances in the first place. The blitzkrieg of vitriolic commentary with which Butley engages lovers, students, rivals, and allies, all with equal ferocity, becomes a glass bottom boat illuminating the churning depths of his bankrupted soul. Acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, in what Time Magazine hailed as “a quite superior directorial debut,” turns author Simon Gray’s single-set, dialogue driven stage play into an irresistible dynamic visual experience that tracks Bates’ hilarious and fearless performance with cunning precision.

Bates and an expert supporting cast, including Oscar® winner Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), joust with a sly, self-referencing wit and an unselfconscious exuberance that is breathtaking. With every verbal parry and valedictory flourish of wordplay, Butley’s life becomes more of an inescapable bear trap of thwarted ambition, clandestine affection, and squandered brilliance.

Description

  • Audio Commentary by Director Alex Cox and Star Dick Rude
  • “Back to Hell” – Making-of Doc
  • “Black Hills” A short tour of the STRAIGHT TO HELL locations, shot by Alex Cox back in 1977
  • KLSC Trailers
  • Year: 1986
  • Running Time: 91
  • Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
  • Color Type: Color
  • Country: U.S.
  • Language: English
Actors:

Joe Strummer
Courtney Love
Sy Richardson
Dick Rude
Jim Jarmusch
Shane MacGowan
Xander Berkeley
Elvis Costello
Grace Jones
Dennis Hopper

Directed by Alex Cox

Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Kino Lorber

Blu Ray, DVD

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