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Blue Valentine (2010)

Michelle Williams , Ryan Gosling , Derek Cianfrance  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling
  • Directors: Derek Cianfrance
  • Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, Cami Delavigne
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036TGTDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Valentine" on IMDb

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Love blooms and dies at the same time in the delicate dance between Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain). Gosling's Dean, a high-school dropout, works for a New York moving company. While relocating a frail widower into a retirement home, he spots Cindy, a nursing student who's visiting her grandmother, but the film actually begins six years later. Married with a daughter, they live in rural Pennsylvania. Heavy drinker Dean's looks are fading, while Cindy still turns heads. In his elegantly constructed second feature, writer-director Derek Cianfrance pirouettes between past and present, with each scene commenting on the next (set to the bittersweet tones of Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear). The Dean of the early years pursues Cindy, who resists at first, but a spontaneous date ends with her tap dancing (badly) and him singing (not so badly). She leaves her domineering boyfriend (Mike Vogel) for this attentive stranger, leading to scenes of intimacy that are far more suggestive than pornographic--even if the MPAA briefly rated the film NC-17. Later, when the family dog goes missing, the cracks in their marriage intensify, so Dean arranges for a night of romance, which plays out like a negative image of their first date. If the two actors, who are very good, are meant to carry equal weight, Gosling has the more difficult task. It's harder to like the clingy, insecure Dean, who loves more intensely and less wisely, but that makes Gosling's the braver performance. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Blue Valentine is the story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this honest portrait of a relationship on the rocks.

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144 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Contemporary Romance About Breaking Up January 15, 2011
Format:DVD
Perhaps more than any other film in 2010, I have eagerly anticipated the arrival of "Blue Valentine." After superlative press at Sundance, the film fell into the most ridiculous and unnecessary scandal of the year when the MPAA branded the movie with a NC-17 rating. A film filled with grown-up emotions and intimacies, "Blue Valentine" is an unlikely target for such a rating (in an era filled with movies of extreme violence, gore, and much more nudity) other than the fact that "Blue Valentine" feels so extraordinarily real. Luckily, the rating was rightfully overturned so the picture could enjoy a wider release and the benefits of a more extensive advertising campaign. "Blue Valentine" is a sophisticated and smart entertainment for adult audiences brought to realistic fruition by the stellar Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Naturalistic and utterly believable, rarely has a film been able to dissect a relationship with such savvy attention to detail.

You might have heard that "Blue Valentine" is a story about the dissolution of a relationship, about a couple growing apart. I would contend, however, that it is instead a contemporary love story. Set in alternate timelines, "Blue Valentine" charts Gosling and Williams both at the beginning of their courtship as well as when their marriage is nearing an end. Shot in an easy improvised style, the earlier moments have charming tenderness while the later segments have a quiet poignancy and sadness. Instead of opting for big scenes and pinpointing singular causes, "Blue Valentine" simply has our couple drifting down different paths. Neither is the particular cause of the estrangement, but Williams pulls back emotionally as Gosling holds on frantically.
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for one of the best acted films of the year January 17, 2011
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BLUE VALENTINE is a low budget film, telling us about the beginning and end of a marriage. It stars Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams. The movie shows us "now" over the space of just a couple of days, as we see this couple along with their roughly 5 year old child, going through mundane tasks and the final arguments that lead to their split. The film also bounces back to the few weeks or months from their first meeting until the day they get married. We see them about 5 or 6 years younger, naïve & sweetly in-love. When we bounce to the present, we seem them harried, worried and barely able to tolerate each other.

Some would say that the film makes a broad statement on how love or marriage can go from sweet to sour. How we sabotage our happiness. How difficult it is to make a happy marriage (or for the true cynics, how IMPOSSIBLE it is).

I took NO global message from the film. It is powerful, but it is very small in scope. This is because the filmmaker Derek Cianfrance has made a deeply SPECIFIC movie. Gosling & Williams give VERY lived-in performances where we very much feel we are looking at a very particular couple going through very particular joys and disappointments. We feel like we're getting a very intimate peek into what makes this particular couple tick. Thus, it becomes nearly impossible to extrapolate the film to the general subject of "marriage." This is not a failing, per se...but I've certainly read comments on the film that imply that very thing. That is absurd, quite frankly. Each marriage has its own rhythms, pulses, occurrences & secrets. The relationship depicted here feels real, because it is so specific. It also feels small.

To me, the main reason to see this film is for the performances. Both stars do their best work here...
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Contemporary Romance About Breaking Up May 11, 2011
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Perhaps more than any other film in 2010, I have eagerly anticipated the arrival of "Blue Valentine." After superlative press at Sundance, the film fell into the most ridiculous and unnecessary scandal of the year when the MPAA branded the movie with a NC-17 rating. A film filled with grown-up emotions and intimacies, "Blue Valentine" is an unlikely target for such a rating (in an era filled with movies of extreme violence, gore, and much more nudity) other than the fact that "Blue Valentine" feels so extraordinarily real. Luckily, the rating was rightfully overturned so the picture could enjoy a wider release and the benefits of a more extensive advertising campaign. "Blue Valentine" is a sophisticated and smart entertainment for adult audiences brought to realistic fruition by the stellar Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Naturalistic and utterly believable, rarely has a film been able to dissect a relationship with such savvy attention to detail.

You might have heard that "Blue Valentine" is a story about the dissolution of a relationship, about a couple growing apart. I would contend, however, that it is instead a contemporary love story. Set in alternate timelines, "Blue Valentine" charts Gosling and Williams both at the beginning of their courtship as well as when their marriage is nearing an end. Shot in an easy improvised style, the earlier moments have charming tenderness while the later segments have a quiet poignancy and sadness. Instead of opting for big scenes and pinpointing singular causes, "Blue Valentine" simply has our couple drifting down different paths. Neither is the particular cause of the estrangement, but Williams pulls back emotionally as Gosling holds on frantically.
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3.0 out of 5 stars stumblebum and lil' missy
this is a movie for young people who find pain and suffering to be romantic. older and wiser people will look on with much less relish. Read more
Published 12 days ago by drollere
5.0 out of 5 stars Sent wrong kind.
The movie is excellent. I had watched it before, that is why I bought it. The one you sent was in blue ray and I don't have a blue ray player. Read more
Published 17 days ago by sandra autrey
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It Very Much. Not For Everyone.
This movie is done in present and flash backs. To some this may seem confusing, but I found it to be endearing and foundational. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Holly
2.0 out of 5 stars Super Depressing and Weird Ending!
The movie was long and drug out. I expected it to be a good love story. It wasn't. It was actually really depressing, but not in a good Walk to Remember or The Notebook kind of... Read more
Published 28 days ago by chelschels1
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
So good. Amazing acting. Beautifully done. It was wonderful to see that kind if love. I love this movie and it's going down as one if my favorites.
Published 1 month ago by leeann Shanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good acting
This is a strange kookie movie about odd relationships. It is a very entertaining movie with top grade acting! Worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by R. Gandolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Painful to watch
If you have ever been in a bad relationship where all the spark has been lost then it would be so hard to watch the scenes where they fast forward to their married life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melococo
3.0 out of 5 stars ******Spoiler Alert and Analysis****
The movie was definitely entertaining, at least to me and Ryan Gosling like always delivered a brilliant performance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gigi R.
2.0 out of 5 stars Blue Valentine
This movie had a great story but the XX rated scenes that was a big part of the movie. To me it made the movie not worth watching. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mack Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-watch movie
Its a great movie. I definitely would recommend it. It is very touching and it is very well directed. Ryan Gosling is a great actor.
Published 2 months ago by Andper
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