Mystery Train

Criterion

Mystery Train


Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.

FILM INFO

  • Jim Jarmusch
  • United States
  • 1989
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
  • Spine #521

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Excerpts from the 2001 documentary Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me
  • Original documentary on the film's locations and the rich social and musical history of Memphis
  • On-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita and behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by writers Dennis Lim and Peter Guralnick

New cover by YeeHaw Industries