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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Criterion Collection)

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Genres: Action, Crime, Drama
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Cliff Gorman
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Plot Synopsis:

Jim Jarmusch combines his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take on the hit-man thriller. In one of his defining roles, Forest Whitaker brings a commanding serenity to his portrayal of a Zen contract killer working for a bumbling mob outfit, a modern man who adheres steadfastly to the ideals of the Japanese warrior code even as chaos and violence spiral around him. Featuring moody cinematography by the great Robby Müller, a mesmerizing score by the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, and a host of colorful character actors (including a memorably stone-faced Henry Silva), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai plays like a pop-culture-sampling cinematic mixtape built around a one-of-a-kind tragic hero.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: November 17th, 2020
    MPAA Rating: R
    Movie Release Year: 1999
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:116 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:
    • Alternate isolated stereo music track
    • New Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
    • New conversation between actors Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie
    • New interview with casting director Ellen Lewis
    • New interview with Shifu Shi Yan Ming, founder of the USA Shaolin Temple
    • New video essay on RZA's original score for the film
    • The Odyssey: A Journey into the Life of a Samurai, a 2000 program on the making of the film
    • Deleted scenes and outtakes
    • Archival interviews
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Greg Tate and quotations from Hagakure