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Bloom (2004)

Stephen Rea , Hugh O'Conor  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Rea, Hugh O'Conor, Angeline Ball, Patrick Bergin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mti Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6BBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
BLOOM is bound to polarize audiences into those who believe Joyce's great novel ULYSSES should never be tampered with and those who welcome revisiting the glories of the story of one day (June 16, 1904) in the lives of three main characters in the streets and surroundings of Dublin, Ireland. For this viewer this adaptation by Sean Walsh for the screen works on almost every level. Walsh was brave indeed to make the internal dialogues of these important and endlessly interesting characters visual, and how he succeeded will be, happily, up to the interpretation of the viewer.

Joyce's ULLYSSES intertwines the thoughts and strolls and inner thinking and perseverations of Molly Bloom (Angeline Ball) who opens the film with lusty thoughts of her well-endowed lover while lolling in bed with her husband Leopold Bloom (Stephen Rea) who is fixated on specific parts of the female anatomy and who holds in abeyance his grief for his dead son. The other character of focus is Stephen Dedalus (Hugh O'Conor) whose general awakening to the world is both exhilarating and isolatedly toxic. There is no real story here, simply the meanderings and happenstance crossing of paths of these three indelible people. If at times the musings and fantasies of Leopold Bloom seem on the verge of outrageous (especially the scenes of his thoughts about domination/submission complete with oddly costumed characters), if the views of the 'snot-green' sea seem repetitive, if Molly Bloom's sexual antics border on absurd, then just return to ULYSSES and the seeds are all there.

For many, James Joyce is an acquired taste and the random nature of this filmed version of his writing will be off-putting. But for those who still relish the thoughts of the initial struggles and eventual rewards of reading ULYSSES, this film will satisfy. Kudos to Sean Walsh and to his committed cast of Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball and Hugh O'Conor for making it happen. Grady Harp, April 05
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Joyce on Film to Date January 27, 2005
If you are unfamiliar with - or intimidated by - arguably the finest English language novel of the 20th century, this film is for you. Like those from many Irish households that have unread copies of "Ulysses" on the shelves, I was both fascinated and reluctant to take on this novel. That all changed once I got my hands on this DVD. After a couple of viewings of this very beautiful and intelligent film, I launched myself on to an incredibly rewarding adventure of reading the book itself.

Scholars can quivel over the minor points but from my reading the novel, the movie stays very close to the book while masterfully dealing with a number of concurrent plots. The devotion of the director, the actors and other participants in the making of this film mirror that of "Lord of the Ring" trilogy but on an obviously smaller scale. Often projects done out of love justify avoiding such films at all costs but this time the passion succeeds.

This movie brings "Ulysses" out of the ivory tower and out on to the streets of Dublin town where it belongs.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone who still includes James Joyce's ULYSSES among the books they teach should have this DVD. Not only is it amazingly helpful to see the work portrayed so that you understand the way scenes are a mix of memory, reflection, and real-time interchange among characters, but the extras on the DVD, such as the 'scenes' labeled according to their corresponding segments, such as CIRCE, ITHACA, etc., offer a fabulous study aid.

And for those who, as Sean Walsh describes in his explanation of why he created this work, have always wanted to read the novel but never quite made it past page 10, it gives a grounding in the outline of the work that allows a reader to return for another try that not only makes the reading easier, but also increases the ability to relax and just enjoy the beauty of the language!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie I have ever seen April 6, 2009
An utterly puerile production. I have seen better acting in school plays and primary school plays at that. How could anyone believe that Buck Mulligan was a student ... even a mature student? One reviewer thought Stephen Rea's rendering of Bloom was memorable in its vulnerability - it looked more like stage fright to me.

It contains practically nothing of the character of the book, and why start with Molly? or was that just to catch the attention of the prurient.

The pace of the film was painfully slow which of course made it impossible to capture the constant turmoil in the minds of the characters.

One of the charms of the novel was the change in style from episode to episode in which the film Ulysses (1967) was at least partially successful.

Do not waste time with this. Watch the 1967 version.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Novel. January 22, 2005
A must see even though I am not sure that my five star rating is a true reflection of this particular film. The fact that it is based on Ulysses means that I could not possibly give it less than a perfect score. There is no greater novel in history, in my own personal view.

The director's choice of beginning with Molly was an interesting and creative decision and I think it paid off.

The beauty of the sets and background is endearing and this production absolutely has the feel of Ireland in 1904. Other than the tower that Stephan lived in, all of the locations were believable, and the only reason that I say that the tower was not is because I visited the real one in 1991. I think the choice of actors and actresses was satisfactory even though I regard a better Bloom being cast for an episode of a late eighties Bravo "Left Bank" show.

Honestly though, anything that drums up interest in one of the greatest works of art ever written is worthwhile. I hope people rent or buy this movie and follow it up by reading the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Filming the unfilmable
Joyce's novel is impossible to film because the peculiarities of its form are unique to the written language. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry Benjamin
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad
It is difficult to make it through this adaptation of Ulysses, and not in the same way it is difficult to make it through the novel. I loved the novel. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Medearis
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
Enjoyed the movie. This movie was well done and the screenplay had to be difficult due to Joyce's writing style
Published 14 months ago by mare
3.0 out of 5 stars They could have done better with the source material
Perhaps my expectations were too high, but it was a struggle to watch to the end. Watch it only if there's nothing else.
Published 21 months ago by Clyde P. Peters
2.0 out of 5 stars Withered Blossom
This film adaptation at only 105 minutes simply leaves out way too much of the James Joyce classic. It especially leaves out much of the humour, which is inexcusalbe in a heavily... Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by William D. Freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling
Bloom is an Irish film of the James Joyce novel Ulysses by director Sean Walsh. Let me be up front- I think Ulysses is a vastly overrated book, with moments of superbness and many... Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by Cosmoetica
2.0 out of 5 stars Bloomsday or Doomsday
This film reinforces my belief that some books cannot be translated to film. The depth of imagination required to follow and appreciate the intricate interweaving of the Ulysses... Read more
Published on November 14, 2007 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Ulysses fails to Bloom

Since I love the television show 24, which breaks neatly into each hour of a single day, I figured there was a chance I'd like the movie Bloom, whose two hours... Read more
Published on March 31, 2006 by Robin Holabird
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL MOVIE
One reviewer was put off by the bodily functions (almost) portrayed . Ah well, but that is life. Does this person ever watch televison past 8:00pm? Read more
Published on October 4, 2005 by Paul P. Rogers
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie I have ever seen
I am a lover of practically all things Irish. I have a deep appreciation for the music, poetry, prose, political passion, beer, and general population of the little green... Read more
Published on August 11, 2005 by Debra Fitzsimmons
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