Special Features on Criterion's DVD:

All six complete episodes

Commentary by John Lurie

Exclusive liner notes by Michael Azerrad, author of "Come as You Are, The Story of Nirvana"

"Big Heart"; music video by John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

1992/color/152 minutes


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Hosted and scored by the Lounge Lizards John Lurie, who appeared in Stranger than Paradise, Down by Law, and composed music for Mystery Train, Get Shorty, and Clay Pigeons. Guest Stars director Jim Jarmusch, singer/actor Tom Waits, and actors Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, and Dennis Hopper. As seen on the Independent Film ChannelŽ and BravoŽ.

EPISODE 1:
MONTAUK WITH JIM JARMUSCH

Director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Stranger than Paradise) and Lurie hunt the most dangerous creature in the sea -- the shark. Jarmusch ponders the existential question "Why am I here?" Lurie, however, approches the situation with insane zeal.

EPISODE 2:
JAMAICA WITH TOM WAITS

After destroying their car, Lurie and singer/actor Tom Waits partake in an invigorating canoe trip across the island. Waits gets seasick but heroically agrees to fish again, for red snapper, which he puts in his pants.

EPISODE 3:
COSTA RICA WITH MATT DILLON

Lurie and veteran actor Dillon (Drugstore Cowboy) board an unregistered prop plane and fly deep into the jungle to fish the alligator-infested waters of the Rio Colorado. Following the advice of a native mystic, the two perform a ritual dance to attract fish.

EPISODE 4:
MAINE WITH WILLEM DAFOE

Lurie and Dafoe (Platoon) brave subzero temperatures to go ice-fishing for brown trout. They pull a few under-limit specimens from the frozen lake, which they dutifully release. But any luck ends there. The days pass: their meager ration of cheese crackers runs out, and the two become delirious with hunger and cold. These are real men doing real things.

EPISODE 5:
THAILAND WITH DENNIS HOPPER, part 1

Lurie goes deep into the Thai delta with Dennis Hopper, who has electrified movies from Easy Rider to Blue Velvet. The two tourists have come to chase the series' biggest prey yet: the elusive, bloodthirsty giant squid.

EPISODE 6:
THAILAND WITH DENNIS HOPPER, part 2

The repartee between the two is undeniably effervescent: "Anybody ever tell you that you look like a murderer?" Lurie asks. "Yeah, my wife," Hopper replies.