Maybe a year or so ago, some of my online colleagues posted a trailer for Alex Cox's then-forthcoming film 'Repo Chick.' As a longtime fan of 'Repo Man,' I eagerly hunted down the clip in anticipation of what I assumed would be the director's return to form after seemingly decades of silence. But what I saw was dramatically different than anything I could have expected – a shoestring special effects extravaganza that bore little resemblance to the gritty punk universe of its predecessor, much less Cox's many other memorable films, including 'Sid and Nancy' and 'Straight to Hell.' So I did the only thing I could think of: I hunted down Cox himself and interviewed him about the film, which at the time was in no position to be released theatrically, on hone video, or via any other format.
Just a few weeks ago, 'Repo Chick' finally arrived on Blu-ray, so it seemed like an appropriate time to revisit my lengthy chat with the director. In addition to talking about the technical and artistic inspirations for 'Repo Chick,' Cox talked about his longtime absence from Hollywood, his continuing creative evolution, and finally, the process of bringing his filmography to digital formats like DVD and Blu-ray.