My Own Private Idaho

Criterion

My Own Private Idaho


River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and thematically groundbreaking, My Own Private Idaho is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life on society’s margins.

FILM INFO

  • Gus Van Sant
  • United States
  • 1991
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #277

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Gus Van Sant and director of photography Eric Alan Edwards, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Illustrated 2005 audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes
  • The Making of “My Own 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 IVand Orson Welles’s Chimes at Midnight
  • Conversation from 2005 between producer Laurie Parker and actor River Phoenix’s sister Rain
  • Audio conversation from 2005 between writer JT LeRoy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A book featuring essays by film critic Amy Taubin and LeRoy; a 1991 article by Lance Loud; and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and actor Keanu Reeves

New cover by Marc English