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Review by Earl Cressey | posted August 19, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie:
Repo Man, originally released in 1984, stars Harry Dean Stanton (Bud) and Emilio Estevez (Otto) and is directed by Alex Cox. Otto, a Los Angeles punk, has just lost his job at the grocery store when his path crosses with that of Bud, a car repossessor. Bud offers Otto $25 if he'd drive one of his cars to the hospital, while he takes his pregnant wife in the other. Otto agrees, and quickly figures out that Bud hasn't told him the whole truth when the car's real owner chases him down the street. Upon arriving at the repo headquarters, Bud explains that he's a Repo Man, and offers Otto a job, which he turns down. However, upon arriving home and discovering that his parents have given all their money away to the reverend on TV, Otto agrees to become a Repo Man, and learns the 'Repo Code.' Soon after this, Otto meets Layla, who's on the run from government agents because she knows too much about an alien cover-up, and she tells Otto that someone was able to smuggle out four alien corpses and put them in the back of a '64 Chevy Malibu. When he arrives back at headquarters, he learns that there's a $20,000 reward offered for bring the Malibu in, and Otto's wild adventure to retrieve the car begins.

I thought Repo Man was every bit deserving of its "cult classic" status. It's a great film filled with plenty of funny and unusual moments, and the cast does a great job as well.

Picture:
Repo Man is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it is also THX certified. The picture is crisp, clean, and virtually defect free; it looks quite remarkable for a film its age. However, probably as a result of the film's age, the colors are somewhat muted occasionally.

Sound:
Repo Man contains a newly remixed Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 track, taken from the original mono soundtrack, and a Dolby Surround 2.0 track. Surround use, for the most part, is very subtle during the film; however, the film's score does spread out some.

Extras:
Repo Man includes quite a few extras including: a reproduction of the movie poster, cool car-themed motion menus, the theatrical and video trailers, six cast and crew bios, and the THX Optimode calibration test. However, the best extra is the very entertaining and interesting screen-specific audio commentary with Alex Cox, Michael Nesmith, Victoria Thomas, Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss and Del Zamora. It contained quite a few neat behind the scenes tidbits and some great stories to boot.

Summary:
Anchor Bay has done a tremendous job with Repo Man. It has terrific picture, great sound, and some decent extras to top it off. Those unfamiliar with Repo Man should definitely give it a rent. Fans of the movie will want to purchase either this or the Limited Edition package coming out soon – you won't be disappointed!

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