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Brokeback Mountain [HD DVD]

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Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain is a sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications, joys and heartbreak they experience provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver emotionally charged, remarkably moving performances in "a movie that is destined to become one of the great classics of our time" (Clay Smith, The Insider).

A sad, melancholy ache pervades Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee's haunting, moving film that, like his other movies, explores societal constraints and the passions that lurk underneath. This time, however, instead of taking on ancient China, 19th-century England, or '70s suburbia, Lee uses the tableau of the American West in the early '60s to show how two lovers are bound by their expected roles, how they rebel against them, and the repercussions for each of doing so--but the romance here is between two men. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) are two itinerant ranchers looking for work in Wyoming when they meet and embark on a summer sheepherding job in the shadow of titular Brokeback Mountain. The taciturn Ennis, uncommunicative in the extreme, finds himself opening up around the gregarious Jack, and the two form a bond that surprisingly catches fire one cold night out in the wilderness. Separating at the end of the summer, each goes on to marry and have children, but a reunion years later proves that, if anything, their passion for each other has grown significantly. And while Jack harbors dreams of a life together, the tight-lipped Ennis is unable to bring himself to even consider something so revolutionary.

Its open, unforced depiction of love between two men made Brokeback an instant cultural touchstone, for both good and bad, as it was tagged derisively as the "gay cowboy movie," but also heralded as a breakthrough for mainstream cinema. Amidst all the hoopla of various agendas, though, was a quiet, heartbreaking love story that was both of its time and universal--it was the quintessential tale of star-crossed lovers, but grounded in an ever-changing America that promised both hope and despair. Adapted by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana from Annie Proulx's short story, the movie echoes the sparse bleakness of McMurtry's The Last Picture Show with its fading of the once-glorious West; but with Lee at the helm, it also resembles The Ice Storm, as it showed the ripple effects of a singular event over a number of people. As always, Lee's work with actors is unparalleled, as he elicits graceful, nuanced performances from Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway as the wives affected overtly and subliminally by their husbands' affair, and Gyllenhaal brings surprising dimensions to a character that could have easily just been a puppy dog of a boy. It's Ledger, however, who's the breakthrough in the film, and his portrait of an emotionally repressed man both undone and liberated by his feelings is mesmerizing and devastating. Spare in style but rich with emotion, Brokeback Mountain earns its place as a classic modern love story. --Mark Englehart

Special Features

  • Music from the Mountain
  • Impressions From the Film (Still Gallery)
  • On Being a Cowboy
  • Directing from the Heart: Ang Lee
  • From Script to Screen: Interviews with Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry
  • Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Moutain
  • A Groundbreaking Success

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Linda Cardellini
    • Directors: Ang Lee
    • Writers: Diana Ossana, Larry McMurtry
    • Producers: Diana Ossana, James Schamus
    • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: NC-17
    • Studio: Focus Features
    • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
    • Run Time: 270 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,389 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000K7VHSM
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Brokeback Mountain [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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    461 of 492 people found the following review helpful By Film Lover on March 19, 2006
    First off let me just say, wow, everyone was right, as a straight male I can truly say this movie touched me in a way no other film ever has. BBM definately deserved the Best Picture Oscar, and what makes me mad is that I really liked Crash, but thanks to the Academy I cant watch it without thinking, how could they choose this over a masterpiece like Brokeback.

    So most of you already know the story so I'll tell you about how this film affected me. My girlfriend wanted to go see this movie last week and I was actually pretty excited. I saw the previews and thought wow finally something original from Hollywood after a year full of crap. So we went and after the movie was over there were of course people crying but I didnt know what to feel, I thought the ending sucked but the acting was pretty good.

    Then I found myself thinking it over on the ride home, and all night I dont think I said more than two words to my family, and then as I was getting ready to go to sleep I started to tear up, I called my gf and she had the exact same reaction. Brokeback is a movie that definately touches you, not because its a gay romance, but because its a beautiful parable about loneliness, love, and what it means to be a man. I was reading a review about BBM and what it said was true. BBM was needed because the gay community has become a joke in this country, sure shows like Will and Grace and Queer Eye are out there but it just reinforces the stereotype that all gay men are fashion obsessed, feminine, and funny. Well I have gay friends, and most of them are just like me, theyre regular guys who do manly things and who just so happen to be attracted to other manly man because God made them that way. BBM definately does a lot of good in showing a more realistic side to the gay community.
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    76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Tyson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2011
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    I want to mention two things about this movie. First, how brilliant it is. And second, how beautiful the blu ray transfer looks.

    1. It's been six years since Brokeback Mountain hit theaters, and although I've watched the film countless times since, if I had only seen it once, I can promise you I would never forget it. It is a storyline that you dream about, relate to, cry over, reflect upon, write about, and become haunted by. I watch a lot of movies and enjoy plenty of them, but never has a film inspired me to analyze its story so deeply and to read books on it by film critics and touched fans. The fourth time I watched it at the theater, I took a notebook and filled pages with notes on the beauty of the poetic transitions and the development of characters. But even during my 20th viewing (or however many times it has been now) I discovered new richness and depth in the story.

    Without going on and on, I suppose I should just say that I love this movie. But before I talk about the blu ray, I just want to point out that this is not strictly a "gay" movie any more than Titanic or Romeo and Juliet are straight movies. Love is a force of nature, as the tag-line says, and it is not bound to one sexuality or another. The movie is, simply put, a human movie about human life, desire, hate, mistakes, and many other universal emotions that make up us all. I recommend you see it and after it's over, I recommend you see it again. Like Shakespeare, the story is endlessly multidimensional and deserves multiple viewings to truly grasp it all. Obviously Annie Proulx's original short story is also required reading (I would suggest reading it before watching, but either way is fine) as it contains endless brilliance as well.
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    1,667 of 1,827 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on December 15, 2005
    Love has no rules. It happens when we least expect it, often when we don't want it, many times when we can't handle it. It often times scares you, surprises you, shakes you down to your very core. Ennis Del Mar (a remarkable Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (an emotionally available Jake Gyllenhaal) find themselves thrown together because of a job: forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild, tending to sheep in a remote region of Wyoming....on Brokeback Mountain. They fall in love: a love that they soon realize only lives and breathes on the mountain.
    It's 1963, pre American involvement in the Vietnam War, post Korean War: a time in the USA when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. It was a time when men and women were pigeon-holed into unrealistic modes of behavior and anyone who ventured outside of these boundaries was thought of at best, weird at worst... perverted and in many states, criminal. Ennis himself, at an early age was witness to the ugly, disgusting results of a hate crime perpetrated on a Wyoming farmer who had lived many years with his partner. In most societies he would be venerated but in 1950's Wyoming... he became a target.
    Director Ang Lee begins this film as both Ennis and Jack are waiting outside of a building, both looking for work, both down on their luck, both avoiding each other's eyes. We know, or those of us who have read the story know, what is to happen and so unfortunately we read more into that simple scene than there really is. But with all that aside, this scene of Ennis and Jack avoiding each other, dodging each others looks, staring at the ground, kicking up the dirt is nonetheless rife with sensuality and tension.
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    Would they have been gay without one another?
    Hi Andrew-

    Well, I think that if you watch the movie again, you will realize that Jack is referring to the guy with the chatterbox wife-and not to the wife. Much like not wanting to reveal that he had been to Mexico (where he rented male prostitutes), he did not want to tell Ennis that he may... Read More
    Apr 18, 2006 by Radiometer |  See all 27 posts
    Something haunts me still........Jack's Death
    Hi Kirk,

    There's a big debate over the way Jack died, between what some call "tire ironists" - those who believe he was murdered, and "accidentalists" - those who believe Lureen's explanation was the truth. I happen to believe the murder version, but I can understand why the... Read More
    Apr 13, 2006 by Moni |  See all 24 posts
    You been to Mexico Jack Twist??? Strange.....
    I've wondered about this myself. I assume it must have been common knowledge around that time just as one might have heard where to buy drugs or other illicit things. Maybe it was something his homophobic fellow ranch hands would have joked about.
    May 9, 2006 by AA |  See all 24 posts
    Jack, I swear...
    I believe that the "I swear" is a space-filler--like "um" or "". One of the other posters indicated that the expression is often used in the Southwest. The last scene could therefore be an encapsulation of Ennis' difficulty throughout the whole movie. He... Read More
    Jan 25, 2007 by Movie Man |  See all 56 posts
    why did BM lose best picture?
    I think the the chance for BBM in Oscar probably changed because, in Hollywood, the cowboy has been always an imaged stereotype in motion pictures through the ages (e.g. John Wayne). And I noticed that simply a squarely "back to basic" cast like Clint Eastwood could be safely... Read More
    Jun 29, 2006 by E. Sagata |  See all 19 posts
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