The Great Gatsby [Blu-ray]
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The Great Gatsby" follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.]]>
- "Within and Without" With Tobey Maguire
- The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby
- The Jazz Age
- Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the '20s
- Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry
- Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry
- Gatsby Revealed
- Deleted Scenes
- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody
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First, the set: Much attention is paid to small but important details, such as the glowing green light at the dock and the faded oculist's sign. The splendor of Gatsby's mansion is recreated exquisitely, and the "valley of ashes" doesn't disappoint in its ghastly wasteland.
Second, Luhrmann doesn't depart from the story too much, though I think there was a lot more discourse between Gatsby and Daisy than I remember reading in the book. He may have changed some of the dialogue, but he does stay unflinchingly true to the spirit of the book and its morals, which I think is vastly more important.
Third, the casting was perfect, and probably the most telling detail about Luhrmann's good judgment in making this film- DeCaprio is the embodiment of Gatsby--the smile, the charm, the mannerisms are all what one reading the book would expect him to be like. Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway was also a great pick -- he has the 'outsider' qualities required for the role of the narrator. Debicki as Jordan Baker was also very well-cast; she had the aloof coolness and the slightly-bored gaze I pictured when I read the novel. Daisy, by far, was the most crucial casting in my opinion, because if played too obnoxiously and over-the-top, the whole story falls flat. However, Carey Mulligan makes her flighty and airy but also lets her show real emotion. In a way, though her character does horrible things in the movie, you can't help but feel that she isn't completely devoid of thought/emotion. And of course, her husband Tom, makes the antagonist as a macho-man whose emotions occasionally seep through to the surface.Read more ›
Well LIFE (with a capital LIFE) is something that Luhrmann's version doesn't lack. For literary purists, this spectacle may not resemble Fitzgerald's classic in anything but basic plotting. In many ways, this is NOT Fitzgerald's "Gatsby." Instead, this is unquestionably Luhrmann's creation. And for that, you will likely love the movie or hate it. While I didn't think it was a perfect film, I ended up embracing it and loving it. If nothing else, it is not like any other project you'll see in movie theaters in 2013. In this day of homogenized sequels and cookie cutter copies, this experience explodes from the screen as a true original.Read more ›
So yeah, rap probably wasn't the music Fitzgerald had in mind for Jay Gatsby's parties, but that doesn't mean that kids in school studying the novel this movie is based on won't find this movie helpful. In fact, it might be more helpful than any movie adaptation made before it, for this reason: it is largely contemporary. I think it sticks to the story quite well. It is only told differently - that is, it doesn't attempt to stiffly adhere to some notion of antiquity. It tells the story in a way people today, and probably especially those the adolescent age of students studying the book in school, will understand. Maybe jazz in the 20's evoked a feeling different from what it evokes now. And so the soundtrack used in the film expresses what the novel means (while still playing along with the Jazz Age theme, entertainingly) - lavish, badass partying, scandalous forbidden love, intense hope, for example - and isn't that what's important?
I think watching this movie will enhance the understanding of anyone who reads the novel.
Otherwise, whether you are studying the novel, reading it for pleasure, or not reading it at all, this is a great movie worth watching. Superb acting, gorgeous costumes for each body that appears, music that makes an impact, and brilliant retelling of a timeless story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves this movie and has watched it several times. I kinda liked it too.Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth Thrift
Rented this on prime, and was supposed to be able to access it for 30 days. I watched only about 30 minutes then had to stop. Read morePublished 1 day ago by LD
Love this film and director. The DVD plays perfectly, was sealed and like new. Very happy with the purchasePublished 2 days ago by Jenna Petty
Good movie but the soundtrack is destracting how out of place the music makes you stop and think what idiot would put modern music in an old timey moviePublished 2 days ago by clark
Good period piece with enough modernized music to keep it interesting.Published 2 days ago by Rick L and Mandy Densmore
This version is a good adaptation to show to teens in American Literature classes. I personally do not like the musical choices. They are not true to the time period.Published 2 days ago by Martha Early
Compared to the Robert Redford, Sam Watterson, Mia Farrow version this film just plain stinks.Published 4 days ago by Thomas O.
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Look under "Product Details" and you will see that it comes in two discs. The first one is the film itself, while the second has lots of extras. Go to Highdefinitiondigest.com
for a listing of all the extras. They review the film, then mention how it looks in Blu-ray, then finally... Read More
Oct 24, 2013 by Cowboy Tony | See all 3 posts