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Border Radio - Criterion Collection
Border Radio - Criterion Collection
Actors: Chris D., Chris Shearer, Dave Alvin, Devon Anders, Luanna Anders
Directors: Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2007     1hr 27min

Before carving out a niche as one of nineties? American cinema?s most distinct voices, Allison Anders made her debut, alongside co-directors and fellow UCLA film-school students, Kurt Voss and Dean Lent, with 1987?s Border...  more »


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Actors: Chris D., Chris Shearer, Dave Alvin, Devon Anders, Luanna Anders
Directors: Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss
Creators: Allison Anders, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss, Marcus DeLeon, Robert Rosen
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Love & Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Criterion
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/16/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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A time capsule of los angeles - and more.
g. speedlace | Hollywood, CA | 01/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Originally scripted as a grim film noir homage, a series of financial dry spells stretched out the film's production schedule to three years, whereupon the screen story underwent as many dramatic changes as any of the hard-living bands from the music scene the film adopts as its backdrop.

Star Chris D. insists in the supplemental features that the original script's noir aspects are what attracted him to the project, but it was only once he became involved that the thing took shape as a "rock movie," with the added participation of D.'s friends (and sometime bandmates) like John Doe and Dave Alvin. Alvin went on to create an eclectic and memorable score for the film (now out of print, sadly), with players culled from friends and colleagues from X, Los Lobos, The Blasters and other local heroes.

Not every film could survive three filmmakers AND active contributions by everyone in the cast, but then it's a rare project that manages to pack this much simpatico talent onto one movie poster.

Additional DVD extras include deleted scenes, a potent "trailer" (including several moments not in the finished film) set to a driving musical score, and a pair of loose, enjoyable commentary tracks. Another welcome addition is Chris D. and The Flesh Eaters' vintage ain't-no-WAY-this-is-running-on-MTV music video for their classic "The Wedding Dice" (comically mangled by Chris Shearer in the film itself).

Had it followed its intended "straight noir" course, BORDER RADIO may well have survived as an interesting curio; but as it turned out, the film stands as a fitting elegy to an era, both in its depiction of a musical phenomenon's sunset and for its unique collaborative approach to filmmaking. That both still feel like breaths of fresh air twenty years on only stands as a testament to their legitimacy.

Like so many of the "lost" bands of the music scene it salutes with unabashed affection, BORDER RADIO is ripe for rediscovery."
An entertaining rookie debut by Allison Anders.
R. Andreas | 05/22/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Border Radio was the first film made by the nowfamous Independent filmmaker Anders. the filmmade before her groundbreaking GAS, FOOD,AND LODGING WAS TITLED AFTER THE L.A. ROCKABILLY BLASTERS song,BORDER RADIO.The film takes placein a small Texas town,where a murder takes place.I can't say much more but if you're a Indie Filmfan you will definitely like this film. A firstfilm so you should'nt expect great anything.Butdefinitely a fun film. It was made and developedwhile Anders was still at the Sundance Institutein 1986,so you can prepare yourself for a cheaptreat,but a good one. Good soundtrack,too.Withcameos' by BLASTERS front man Dave Alvin, andX Vocals man John Doe. Give this film a try, please..... c. 1987. ALLISON ANDERS. SUNDANCE INSTITUTE."
John doe rocks my socks
R. Andreas | Portland, OR | 11/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"amazing cinematography, beautiful shots and locations, and interesting plot. i like this film more so for those great shots and improved scenes, but all around i loved it."