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Behind the Candelabra (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) (2013)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D2CYV9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Behind the Candelabra (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, this HBO Films drama recreates the glittering private world of Liberace (Michael Douglas), the flamboyant, phenomenally successful entertainer whose extravagant costumes, trademark candelabra, and elaborate stage shows made him the most bankable entertainer of his time. The story focuses on Liberace's tempestuous relationship with Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) in Las Vegas from 1977 to 1982 - a time when Liberace was at the peak of his popularity but remained closeted as a homosexual. Featuring a pair of electrifying performances by Douglas and Damon (the first time either has starred in an HBO production), Behind the Candelabra captures the essence of Liberace's appeal while reminding viewers how different attitudes were at the time, as few high-profile entertainers (including Liberace) could admit they were gay, at least in front of the public which made them stars.

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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Even though I was quite young, I can still remember the infamous palimony suit filed by Scott Thorson against Liberace in 1982. The story created national headlines and scandal at a time when homosexuality wasn't discussed as openly as it might be today. Despite his flamboyant stage persona, Liberace was NOT out of the closet and did not acknowledge the intimacy of this relationship. That's part of what fueled the attention, further adding to the controversy and media scrutiny. I won't discuss the outcome for those new to Thorson's memoir "Behind The Candelabra," which is the source material for this prestigious HBO project. Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) teamed with Oscar nominated screenwriter Richard La Gravenese (The Fisher King) to adapt Thorson's book. Headlined by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, "Behind the Candelabra" was certainly one of the most anticipated TV movies of the year. As you might expect, though, this is told from Thorson's perspective and is quite sympathetic to his viewpoint. Let's just say that we do not hear about his drug fueled involvement as a prime witness in the Wonderland murders (also in the early eighties) or his contemporary incarceration for suspected burglary and identity theft charges (he was recently bailed out of jail by the owner of Bunny Ranch brothel at the end of May). Even the movie's postscript just says that Thorson is currently residing in Reno when, in fact, he was in jail on the film's premiere.

That said, though, HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" is a handsomely produced and exquisitely acted piece of entertainment. By his very nature, Liberace was (and always will be) a fascinating and improbable success story.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
"I want to be everything to you Scott. I want to be father, brother, lover, best friend." This is the true story of Scott Thorson (Damon) and his relationship with the one and only Liberace (Douglas). Scott was a normal easy going gay man with a dream to become a vet. That all changed when he met Liberace. The small town boy became a drug addicted, paranoid, and revenge obsessed man. I wasn't totally sure what to expect from this movie. I knew very little about the real Liberace and nothing about this story at all. The movie shows the rise and fall Scott and the extreme things he goes through for the man he loves. The story is pretty interesting but the real reason to watch is the performance of Michael Douglas. He is great in this and turns himself completely into the character that he makes you forget you are watching a famous actor like Michael Douglas. Overall, a pretty interesting bio-pic that I thought was pretty good but the performance by Douglas is great. I give it a B.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liberace the Legend Served Well June 13, 2013
Format:DVD
The film is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Scott Thorson (with Alex Thorleifson) adapted for the screen by Richard LaGravenese about the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his much younger lover Scott Thorson. This film along with SIDE EFFECTS are purported to be Steven Soderbergh's last films he will direct.

The cast is very solid. Matt Damon embodies the role of Scott Thorson well - a young apparently bisexual man who has been tossed from foster home to foster home while he does odd jobs (he is 17 years old) tending to animals. In a gay bar he meets Bob Black (Scott Bakula) who takes Scott to a Liberace concert (his first exposure to the megastar) and to meet Liberace afterwards. There is tension in the air with Liberace's current paramour and performing partner Billy Leatherwood (Cheyenne Jackson) and we soon discover that Liberace (impeccably played by Michael Douglas) only keeps his `boys' around for a while before his manager Seymour (Dan Ackroyd) gets rid of them with a check. Liberace and Scott find common ground in being needy people without confidants and soon Scott becomes Liberace's next lover. All goes swimmingly until Liberace sees himself on a TV show and sees how aged he has become. He engages plastic surgeon Dr. Jack Startz (Rob Lowe in a very fine performance) to perform a youthful facelift and at the same time convinces Scott to undergo plastic surgery to make him look more like Liberace! And here begins the downfall: Dr. Startz prescribes pain meds to Scott who becomes addicted and moves into heavier drugs, and his behavior, along with Liberace's need for a `new face' (Boyd Holbrook), signals the breakup of a 6 year relationship - the best relationship either has ever had.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding ! June 8, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
When I heard that Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were to carry the lead roles in this story, I was VERY dubious. They are both sensational actors but I'm just so used to Michael Douglas doing films where he gets into trouble with crazy women. Behind the Candelabra is quite a leap but he and Mr. Damon carry it off beautifully. I was simply astounded. The film seemed pretty close to real life from what I remember of Liberace and the music throughout just heightened this refreshing experience. I would rate this as one of the films of the year and would even say it it's one of the best performances by both lead gentlemen. The supporting cast was also great and all comes together to create a magnificent viewing experience. If you're turned off by a story of gay relationships, get over it and settle down to watch Behind the Candelabra. It's tastefully and artistically a masterpiece.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the camera… Michael Douglas pulled off and then peccable...
I've never seen Michael Douglas so good. He's always so bitey & intense. I was surprised he pulled off Liberacci so well. Read more
Published 3 days ago by D. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise!
Wow, Liberace lived quite the private life...
Published 4 days ago by Bob R PS
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good
Published 5 days ago by C. Scott Strumello
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really enjoyed this. It was a wonderful story that told not only of an era but of two people going through the trials and tribulations of fame, aging, and homosexuality at a time... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Loren w Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is great. Both funny and touching . The acting is terrific, especially Michael Douglas as Liberace !
Published 9 days ago by Rick JWow
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie. The acting
This is a great movie. The acting, as one would expect from this cast, was excelent. I realy enjoyed watching Debbie Reyonlds as the morther.
Published 9 days ago by Richard Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Talented and wonderful acting done by all in this movie!
Published 13 days ago by Patricia L.
2.0 out of 5 stars horrible script, horrible acting by Michael Douglas
horrible script, horrible acting by Michael Douglas, this movie did not do the great Liberace justice. I hope someone else will re-do his bio the right way. Read more
Published 18 days ago by terryoneal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie..delivered on time....
Published 20 days ago by carol snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie it was great very detailed.
Published 21 days ago by kboyle49
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