Blu-ray Release: My Own Private Idaho

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


River Phoenix (Stand by Me) and Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) star in the 1991 drama My Own Private Idaho, a drama from Gus Van Sant (Mala Noche) about two young street hustlers.

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in My Own Private Idaho

There’s Mike Waters (Phoenix), a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor (Reeves), the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home.

Visually dazzling and thematically groundbreaking, My Own Private Idaho takes a rather moving look at unrequited love and life on society’s margins.

Criterion’s director-approved Blu-ray edition of the film includes the following:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Gus Van Sant, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • Alternate Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack
    • Illustrated 2005 audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes
    • The Making of “My Own Private Idaho,”a 2005 documentary featuring cast and crew
    • Kings of the Road, a 2005 interview with film scholar Paul Arthur on Van Sant’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Orson Welles’s Chimes at Midnight
    • Conversation from 2005 between producer Laurie Parker and actor River Phoenix’s sister Rain
    • Audio conversation from 2005 between writer JT Leroy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette
    • Deleted scenes
    • Trailer
    • A book featuring essays by film critic Amy Taubin and Leroy; a 1991 article by Lance Loud; and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and actor Keanu Reeves
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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.