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August: Osage County [Blu-ray] (2014)

Meryl Streep , Julia Roberts , John Wells  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,207 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper
  • Directors: John Wells
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I3HFAZ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award® Winners Meryl Streep* and Julia Roberts** star in the darkly hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives converge when a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional mother who raised them. Based on Tracy Letts Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, Director John Wells skillfully translates from stage to screen, leading an all-star cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.
*Best Actress The Iron Lady (2011)
**Best Actress Erin Brockovich (2000)

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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark profane film with some remarkable performances January 18, 2014
Format:DVD
Theatrical review. There may be spoilers.

Set in dusty, sweltering Oklahoma, director John Wells, using an adapted screenplay by Tracy Letts, provides the viewer with the dysfunctional family of the year. Early on we meet the patriarch, Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard) who is interviewing a woman to care after his cancer-stricken wife Violet (Meryl Streep). Bev is an alcoholic and Vi is a drug addict. Her mouth cancer causes severe burning pain so she has buckets of pills which she's happy to take even if she wasn't in pain.

When Bev turns up missing, Vi calls her 3 daughters and her sister to come help find him. One of the side effects of the narcotics is that they take Vi to a new level of nastiness. And she's one nasty women even when sober. Her oldest daughter Barbara (Julia Roberts) comes from Denver with her estranged husband Bill (Ewan McGregor) and their daughter, Jean (Abigail Breslin). Juliette Lewis plays daughter Karen who brings her fiancé Steve (Dermot Mulroney). Julianne Nicholson is the other daughter Ivy who is having an affair with her cousin Little Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Vi sister Mattie (Margo Martindale) is nearly a match for Vi in terms of her foul mouth, but at least she's sober most of the time.

The film's centerpiece is the verbal violence zinged between Vi and Barbara. Frankly, it is almost shocking to hear the vitriol coming from Roberts and Streep as these characters. I suspect they tossed out more F-bombs in this movie than they have in their cumulative careers. Some of it is uncomfortably funny I admit, but his film is hardly a comedy, even a black comedy. I was reminded of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" from 1966 where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton go at it in front of their 2 innocent guests.
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80 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for the Acting December 16, 2013
Format:DVD
Is it Oscar time already? Here comes Meryl Streep's 2013 entry, a film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play of the same name; AND she has amazing company. This cast is to die for, even though the hateful characters they portray are ruthless, sordid and cruel. (This has been opened in a few select cities in order to qualify for this year's Academy Awards.)

We admire:
* Meryl Streep ("Hope Springs") Violet is pure venom, even after we hear her life history and try to sympathize, she's just evil. Her drug of choice makes quite a pharmacy! In my opinion, Streep is given too full a rein: The dialog is adequate, we don't need all the histrionics as well. I saw this on stage and it was effective without the extra Methody tics.
* Sam Shepard ("Safe House") Beverly her husband, has had enough. He prefers scotch.
* Julia Roberts ("Mirror Mirror") Barbara was her daddy's favorite, but the apple didn't fall very far from the tree: her tongue is pretty sharp and she is an unyielding sort of woman.
* Ewan McGregor ("Jack the Giant Slayer") Bill is trying to understand the family dynamics so maybe he can understand his wife Barbara a little better.
* Abigail Breslin ("Ender's Game") Jean is only fourteen, but pretending to be a little more grown up sure can be fun!
* Juliet Lewis ("The Switch") Karen didn't come back to the old homestead after she went off to college and THIS time she has hit it lucky!
* Dermot Mulroney ("Joline") Steve is wealthy, drives a great car and Karen will marry him in Florida next January!
* Margo Martindale ("Justified") Mattie Fae is Violet's only sister. They both have secrets.
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71 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a specialty interest movie.

For those who enjoy this type of movie, it is well worth watching. For those who don't, I suggest you watch something else.

What is it about?

The patriarch of a family- an author- dies. His funeral brings the family together to their home- in Osage County Oklahoma.

The story unfolds as the tensions amongst the family members come to the surface. The focal point of the tensions is the matriarch of the family, played by Meryl Streep brilliantly. She certainly puts the "vile" into Violet (the name of her character).

Relationships within the family are dysfunctional. The story focuses on the relationships, and the brewing tensions. Some of the interactions amongst the characters are caustic.

The performances uniformly are masterful and faultless, and the transition of the stage play to the screen largely has been achieved successfully. At times, you do have the impression this originally was written for the stage.

If you are familiar with the stage play, this will reward you as a great performance of it- albeit condensed from the full stage version. If you want to see great performances from fine actors playing complex and dysfunctional characters, and portraying the characters in a believable way- again this is rewarding.

For anyone else, it may be something of a chore to sit through it.

Revised: January 26, 2014; April 14, 2014
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
We ended up at the theatre watching this because it tickled my fiancee's fancy based on some radio interview or other and walked in knowing nothing about it. We're both glad we went.

The high-level summary of the plot is that there's not much plot. The family patriarch dies and for the next two hours we see the aftermath as the family comes together to grieve (or not) and to dig up old grievances against each other. I don't really need to tell you much more than that because I think on some level everyone has lived through or seen this situation. The only variation is the extent to which your own family gets along. Suffice to say that this family most assuredly does NOT.

The real highlight of the movie lies in the characters themselves and of course with the acting. With a cast like this it is thoroughly impossible to be anything but immaculately portrayed. This collection of characters features all the most delightful archetypes of dysfunction: The harpy shrew of a matriarch who is flawlessly selfish, combative and conniving, the daughter(s) who escaped her and hopped from man to man for validation, the in-law who tries to feel up the teenager and of course everyone seems to have cheated with someone else. The full range of human frailty and family dysfunction is on display.

In the end this was a wonderfully real movie. Some reviewers have criticized this movie as 'over the top' and unbelievable and I assure you that it absolutely is NOT. This sort of thing happens every day and if anything it's slightly less dramatic than reality. It is my sad duty to report that plenty of people live their lives in just this way and it's why not everyone goes home for the holidays. All that said, it's a movie you probably need to be n the mood for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this movie was fantastic! I could see it being a play since ...
this movie was fantastic! I could see it being a play since it's all about relationships and takes place in one house, Mom's house where everyone has flocked with their... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Each actor/actress did a great job, however the story was pointless
With all of the top name actors and actresses in this movie I thought I would ignore the negative reviews as I normally don't end up liking popular over hyped movies anyway. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Katie
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever!
Very disappointed! Worst movie ever. Not sure why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts agreed to do this one.
Published 1 day ago by Roberta Taillon
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of bad family dynamics
A real downer. Don't watch this if you need a lift. Lots of bad family dynamics. However, acting was superb; what would you expect from this cast other than a better story line.
Published 2 days ago by Diane H Winkler
5.0 out of 5 stars So good, I bought it!
This was such a delightful/riveting/fantastically surprisingly great movie. I don't think there is one bad or useless scene in here. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Susana Geraldine
2.0 out of 5 stars This is really not a very good movie. Some of the best actors in the...
This is really not a very good movie. Some of the best actors in the world appear, but this just doesn't translate well from the excellent stage version to the screen. Read more
Published 3 days ago by James F. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exellent film depicting complex imperfect people and the difficult relationships they endure.
Published 4 days ago by Jean-Michel
5.0 out of 5 stars August Osage County
What a brilliant movie with Meryl Streep playing the co lead as the mother , grumpy, angry, wants all the attention, and Julia Roberts as the doting angry daughter.
Published 4 days ago by Warrenselby-jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!!!
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