Cinématographe

Red Rock West

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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition J-card MediaBook slipcase (designed by Sean Phillips) was limited to 6,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the limited edition packaging.

Taking its name from the Lumière Brothers invention of the same name, Cinématographe is a new sub-label from Vinegar Syndrome that seeks to fill gaps in the canon of American cinema. Offering a mix of auteur driven studio films produced during the New Hollywood era of the late 1960s and 70s all the way through the indie boom of the 1980s and 90s, Cinématographe will explore the wide breadth of American moviemaking, spanning numerous genres and scales of production. Curated and produced by Vinegar Syndrome's Justin LaLiberty, each limited edition release will be housed in a specially designed, cloth-bound, media book with embossed foil titles and custom molded disc trays accompanied by a slipcase featuring newly commissioned art and an individually numbered J-card.

Michael (Nicolas Cage, Wild at Heart), a discharged marine turned drifter, ends up in Red Rock, Wyoming in search of honest work. Wayne (J.T. Walsh, Breakdown), a local bar owner, offers Michael the dishonest work of carrying out a hit on his wife Suzanne (Lara Flynn Boyle, The Last Seduction) after mistaking him for the actual hitman, “Lyle, from Dallas”, that he hired to murder his spouse. Before Michael can split town with his downpayment, he runs into the real Lyle (Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet) and, from there, all hell breaks loose.

Directed and co-written by John Dahl (Kill Me Again), RED ROCK WEST is an endlessly twisty slice of distinctly American neo-noir set in the heartland of the United States. Featuring stellar performances from all three leads and a nearly repellent mean-streak, Dahl’s film is an often forgotten jewel of 90s crime cinema, making its US blu-ray debut in an all new restoration from Cinématographe.

directed by: John Dahl
starring: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, J.T. Walsh
1993 / 98 min / 1.85:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • New 4K Restoration of the 35mm Interpositive with original stereo soundtrack
  • New interview with director and co-writer John Dahl
  • New interview with co-writer Rick Dahl
  • New commentary track with historian Alain Silver and filmmaker Christopher Coppola
  • "Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures" -- New video essay by Chris O'Neill
  • Archival interview with editor Scott Chestnut
  • "Caged In" -- Archival video essay by Petros Patsilivas
  • New text essays by writers Jourdain Searles, Keith Phipps and Justin LaLiberty
  • English SDH subtitles