Stranger Than Paradise has been released on DVD by . The DVD contains a second disc which includes Jarmusch's first film, (1980). Both films were restored for the DVD release using high-definition digital transfers overseen and sanctioned by the director. Supplementary footage on the second disc includes Kino ’84: Jim Jarmusch, a series of interviews with the cast and crew from both films by a German television program, as well as Some Days in January (1984), a behind-the-scenes Super-8 film by the director's brother. An accompanying booklet features Jarmusch's 1984 essay "Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise" as well as critical commentary by Geoff Andrew and on Stranger Than Paradise and by on Permanent Vacation.
Writer and director had initially shot his first feature, (1980) as his final thesis while at 's film school, and spent the following four years making Stranger than Paradise. At NYU, he had studied under iconic 20th century director , who had brought him along as his personal assistant for the production of , a portrait of Ray that was being filmed by . It was Wenders who granted Jarmusch the leftover film stock from his subsequent film (1982) that would enable the young director to shoot the 30-minute short subject film that would become Stranger Than Paradise. This short was released as a standalone film in 1982, and shown as "Stranger Than Paradise" at the 1983 . When it was later expanded into a , that name was appropriated for the feature itself, and the initial segment was renamed "The New World".
In 2002, Stranger Than Paradise was selected for preservation in the United States by the as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was included in 's Alternate 100, which was a response to the list. In 2003, ranked the film #26 on their list of "The Top 50 Cult Films".
Stranger Than Paradise broke many conventions of traditional Hollywood filmmaking, and became a landmark work in modern independent film. According to , it is "one of the most influential movies of the 1980s", and cast "a wide shadow over the new generation of independent American filmmakers to come. It is cited for giving "an early example of the low-budget independent wave that would dominate the cinematic marketplace a decade later." The success of the film accorded Jarmusch a certain iconic status within , as an idiosyncratic and uncompromising exuding the aura of urban cool embodied by . In a 2005 profile of the director for , critic Lynn Hirschberg declared the film to have "permanently upended the idea of independent film as an intrinsically inaccessible avant-garde form".
Stranger Than Paradise is a 1984 American / comedy film. It was written and directed by , and stars jazz musician , former drummer-turned-actor , and Hungarian-born actress . The film features a minimalist plot in which Willie and his friend Eddie go to visit Willie's cousin Eva in Cleveland.