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Author: Gary KurfirstDavid ByrneStephen TobolowskyBeth HenleyJohn GoodmanAll authors
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018] ©2018
Series: Criterion collection, 951.
Edition/Format:   Bluray Video : CD audio : Videodisc : Blu-ray disc   Visual material : English : Director-approved Blu-ray special editionView all editions and formats
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"Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. The Talking Heads front man plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comedy films
Drama
Feature films
Musical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
DVD-Video discs
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Kurfirst; David Byrne; Stephen Tobolowsky; Beth Henley; John Goodman; Annie McEnroe; Jo Harvey Allen; Spalding Gray; Alix Elias; Pops Staples; Tito Larriva; John Ingle, (Actor); Matthew Posey; Swoosie Kurtz; Edward Lachman; Caroline Biggerstaff; Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation,; True Stories Ventures, Inc.,; Gary Kurfirst Pictures,; Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ),; Criterion Collection (Firm),
ISBN: 9781681435268 1681435268
OCLC Number: 1056157990
Language Note: English dialogue with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1986.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Byrne and cinematographer Ed Lachman; New documentary about the film's production, featuring Byrne, Lachman, screenwriter Stephen Tobolowsky, executive producer Edward Pressman, coproducer Karen Murphy, fashion-show costume designer Adelle Lutz, casting director Victoria Thomas, consultant Christina Patoski, actor Jo Harvey Allen, and artist and songwriter Terry Allen; CD containing the film's complete soundtrack, compiled here for the first time; Real Life (1986), a short documentary by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel, made on the set of the film; No Time to Look Back, a new homage to Virgil, Texas, the fictional town where True Stories is set; New documentary about designer Tibor Kalman and his influence on Byrne and work on the film, featuring Byrne and artist Maira Kalman, Tibor's widow; Deleted scenes; Trailer; plus: A folded insert with essays by critic Rebecca Bengal, journalist/author Joe Nick Patoski, and Byrne; a 1986 piece by actor Spalding Gray on the film's production; and a selection of production photography, along with Byrne's tabloid clippings ane writing about the film's visual motifs.
Credits: Director of photography, Ed Lachman ; editor, Caroline Biggerstaff ; music composer, David Byrne.
Cast: John Goodman, Annie McEnroe, Jo Harvey Allen, Spalding Gray, Alix Elias, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Humberto "Tito" Larriva, John Ingle, Matthew Posey, David Byrne, Swoosie Kurtz.
Description: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 audio disc + 1 folded insert (unpaged : color illustrations)
Details: Blu-ray, region A; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround.
Contents: Disc 1. Feature film --
disc 2. The complete True Stories soundtrack. Soundtrack: Road song --
Freeway son --
Disco hits! --
Cocktail desperado --
Wild wild life --
City of steel --
Mall muzak --
Dream operator --
Love theme from True Stories --
Brownie's theme --
Dinner music --
Puzzlin' evidence --
Glass operator --
Hey now --
I <3 metal buildings --
Love for sale --
Soy de tejas --
Buster's theme --
Festa para um rei negro --
Radio head --
Papa legba --
People like us --
City of dreams.
Series Title: Criterion collection, 951.
Other Titles: True stories (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures ; directed by David Byrne ; written by Stephen Tobolowsky & Beth Henley and David Byrne ; producer, Gary Kurfirst ; an Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation and Gary Kurfirst Pictures presentation ; True Stories Ventures, Inc.

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"Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. The Talking Heads front man plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In True Stories, Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show--all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience"--Container.

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