My Own Private Idaho: The Criterion Collection

My Own Private Idaho: The Criterion Collection



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Director Gus Van Sant at his most daring, erotic and brilliant. A near-perfect film, featuring the late River Phoenix's finest performance. The feature-packed Criterion edition certainly does justice this long-awaited release.

Reasons to Buy

  1. One of Gus Van Sant's best films; and really, it's hard to call yourself gay if you don't watch and own this!
  2. River's quietly pleadful declaration of love to Keanu as they sit in front of an outdoor fire is a Perfect Moment in gay film history.
  3. Here's your one chance to see the late actor River Phoenix in a gay role.

DVD Features

Disc 1 The Film
Original Theatrical Trailer
Disc 2 The Supplements
Exclusive new audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes
The Making of My Own Private Idaho, a new documentary featuring interviews with key crew members
Kings of the Road, a new video interview with film scholar Paul Arthur in which he discusses Van Sant's adaptation of Orson Welles and Shakespeare.
New video conversation between producer Laurie Parker and River Phoenix's sister Rain
New audio conversation between writer and JT LeRoy (The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things) and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation)
Deleted Scenes.
PLUS: a 64 page book featuring new essays by JT LeRoy and film critic Amy Taubin, a 1991 article by Lance Loud, and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and Reeves.


  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Producer: Laurie Parker
  • Writer: Gus Van Sant
  • Length: 1 hrs. 44 mins.
  • Rating: R
  • Released: Mar 01 2005
  • Production Year: 1991
  • TLA SKU: 649728
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • UPC Code: 715515015929
  • Catalog #: DV1129072


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Review by Erik Schut

By: Erik Schut
In-House Review - Jan 05 2012
With My Own Private Idaho (only his third film), director Gus Van Sant has proven himself one of the most daring, innovative and accomplished directors of the day. River Phoenix's portrayal of Mike, a solitary, narcoleptic street hustler searching fo... Read More
4.00 out of 5

Review by Reeves + River = Red Hot

By: Reeves + River = Red Hot
I could go on and on forever about this film. Some folks (like me) think it's one of the most important - and hot as hell - indie films ever made. Others absolutely hate it. I definitely see how it could divide people. Mr. Reeves spouting Shakespear... Read More

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