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Cool Hand Luke [Blu-ray] (2008)

Paul Newman , Stuart Rosenberg  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman
  • Directors: Stuart Rosenberg
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017TYPIG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cool Hand Luke [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Behind the Story
Commentary by Eric Lax (Noted writer and Paul Newman-biographer Lax discusses the films importance to Newmans career and its place in American cinema history.)
A Natural-Born World-Shaker: Making Cool Hand Luke - RT: 28:47. (An in-depth look at the creation of an uncompromising classic, including an unblinking profile of novelist, co-screenwriter and the real “Cool Hand Luke” Donn Pearce.)
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A defiant chain-gang prisoner suffers a "failure to communicate" in this searing drama. Paul Newman Shines in the title role, George Kennedy as his sidekick won an Oscar(R). Year: 1967 Director: Stuart Rosenberg Starring: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon

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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's sweltering out there, in there, anywhere November 27, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is anything but cool. The characters are rough, foul, and awkward. The setting is realistic and harsh. It takes place in the scorching sun and humidity. There's many a scene of sweat and overheating men. Luke, though, is cool. He's the figure of composure; he's classy, smart, proud, and witty, but he rarely talks, keeping aloof. Or he's independent free man who won't let anyone get him down.
There's a scene when he bluffs his way to victory in a poker match, thus his nickname "cool hand Luke". Another scene has him fighting with another inmate until he's nearly unconscious, but he never surrenders. Yet another has him eating 50 eggs in an hour for a bet, and he doesn't give up. And I think this is the metaphor for the rest of the film. You can either see him as a cocky stubborn man, or more appropriately, a man who won't give up his freedom. He's thrown in prison and chain gang labor for a case of petty vandalism during a drunken stupor, yet he never utters a word about it, even during the most humiliating or painful punishment, but his conviction and sentence are hardly a matter in this film. Here is a man who is troubled and dysfunctional (as the story slightly exposes), but is already in an advanced state of personal freedom. Though he'd like to be living a normal life, searches for it, and deserves as much, he doesn't need it. He's spiritually and mentally invincible, and eventually it leads to his ultimate fate.
Cool Hand Luke is a marvelous film. It's one fourth romantic, three fourths gritty reality. Paul Newman and the gorgeous cinematography are the romance. Newman nearly carries the film. Here's this movie star, a charismatic leading man who liberally uses his smile to get himself through scenes, but he immerses himself into his character.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sometimes nothing can be a real cool film." February 15, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
The first time I saw "Cool Hand Luke" I was not overly immpresed with it. I thought he was a "punk" who had desevedly fallen on hard luck.I have since seen the movie ten-twelve times. I think a lot can be learned about "Luke" (Paul Newman)in the scene when his mother goes to visit him. It is clear that he always wanted to please his mother, but he ended up more like his father. Arletta(Luke's mother) makes allusions to Luke's father not being good at sticking around. From the start, there have been many people who have left Luke far behind. The girl from Kentucky, all of his mates, he lost in the War, and finally his mother when she passed on. This was the "final straw" so to speak. Luke was going to run for sure. The true beauty of "Luke's" character was the fact that he was able to give many people, hope without having any of his own. He makes two references to "The Man Upstairs". Once in the rain asking his to just let him know that he is up there, and another time letting him know that he felt cheated. Every man in that camp loved and respected "Luke". "Dragline"(George Kennedy)called Luke "a natural born world shaker". I could not have put it any better myself. I felt this was a top-notch screen play, and the acting was incredible. I have not seen Newman give a better performance. Kennedy was well deserving of the "best supporting actor" Oscar. Look closely for Dennis Hopper, Joe Don Baker, Harry Dean Stanton and many others. This film should be on everyone's must see list.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of all time. May 18, 2000
By Stan
And I really mean it. They used to show this film often on the Superstation. When I was twelve, I watched it; the next time it came on, I taped it, and watched it probably more than 50 times over the next few years (I didn't know for a long time that the TV version has several scenes cut out for length, so getting it on video was a new revelation). What is it about "Cool Hand Luke" that is so moving? Well, it starts with Paul Newman's performance. Lucas Jackson is one of the most psychologically complex characters in the history of cinema, and Newman, criminally denied the Oscar for this film, makes him seem larger-than-life without saying much. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a revelation. The Christ allusions, which are fittingly done, heighten the sense of injustice that Luke is being slowly crucified by the lawmen, simply because he won't bend to their rules. On the surface, Luke seems self-destructive and ignorant, but in repeated watchings of the film, it becomes apparent that Luke is answering to a call that is bigger than the prison, bigger than the bosses, bigger than the law itself. I could go on and on about the myriad other ways in which this film is perfect, but why bother? I only get 1,000 words. Suffice it to say that this is the movie that makes George Kennedy, of all people, seem noble. YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM. The only flaw: I grew up in Georgia, and I can assure you that it is not filmed where it is set. Looks more like the Central Valley of California to me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Hand Luke: One of Newman's Greatest Roles March 8, 2005
*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

"What we have here is failure to communicate"

So says the captain about the inmate called "Cool Hand Luke" in the film of the same name. In the movie, Paul Newman plays a man who lives in a small town. He personifies the very individualistic mindset.

Having nothing to do and no friends, Luke (Newman) decides to do a little drinking while cutting the heads off of parking meters. When confronted by the police, Luke acts like he is drunk (either he is actually acting or he actually is drunk) and finds his way into prison .Once in prison, Luke joins a chain gang. All goes well and, despite a rough start, the inmates begin to like him. He even makes a friend in the form of Dragline, an illiterate man played by George Kennedy. Luke is just about to get out of the prison. Then fate deals him a bad hand.

Luke learns about his mother's death. In his sorrow, Luke breaks out of prison, only to be caught. He escapes again, only to be caught and beaten. Then, he takes a prison truck and escapes along with Dragline, only to be shot by a very accurate prison guard.

This film comments on society's treatment of the individual. In the beginning of the film, Luke's attitude equals the epitome of self sufficiency. He is a loner who considers rules and regulations, as he puts it in the scene with the famous "Night in the Box" speech, "nothin' worth listenin' to." As he lives on in the prison, his attitude of I don't need you frustrates the prison officials who try to get his "mind right" repeatedly. They take their dismay, and persist in doing this despite it's lack of effectiveness, to the point that they beat Luke. Luke fights them at every turn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
It’s Paul Neuman, what’s not to like? Watched with my son for his Film Lit class. I discovered so much more to the movie than when I watched 30 years ago. Many hidden meanings.
Published 11 days ago by Juls
5.0 out of 5 stars No issues
No issues with order. Good unit. Good delivery. Good Price. Would recommend to others any time if asked. Looking forward to using it.
Published 12 days ago by Robert Gunn
5.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up
Cool Hand Luke is a great movie. We love it. Lost it over moving multiple times and had to order it again for my husband.
Published 14 days ago by Aften
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
It has superb actors and love the story line. Because Luke was a loved rebel by all even though he was killed in the end.
Published 15 days ago by Candy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Paul Newman
What's to say, it's Paul Newman at his line EVER, "What we have here is a failure to communicate." Get it, love it.
Published 17 days ago by Wayne Crenwelge
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely, a classic!
Definitely, a classic; Paul Newman at his best. I've watched this movie so many times thru the years... great stuff!
Published 19 days ago by Gerald H. Beever
5.0 out of 5 stars Failure to communicate
Great film I've always loved. The blue ray does it justice. The minor characters strother martin and the man with no eyes are great as is Pauls sidekick and promoter and the car... Read more
Published 22 days ago by bob fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies from college…
Mainly because we loved to repeat, "What we've got here is failure to communicate." I haven't watched the movie in over 20 years, and it was great to re-cover it.
Published 25 days ago by Oscar E Church Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars its a classic!
I am writing this review here boss! Would recommend anyone to watch. One of Paul Newman's best movies no doubt.
Published 25 days ago by Robert Spilka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
There is nothing about this movie I did not like. This movie has got to have some of the most sweat I have ever seen. Paul Newman is an incredible actor. Read more
Published 25 days ago by ruthann richter
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