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The Last Days of Disco (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1998)

Kate Beckinsale , ChloeSevigny , Whit Stillman  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, ChloeSevigny, Chris Eigeman
  • Directors: Whit Stillman
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007USWD00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Days of Disco (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director
  • Audio commentary featuring Stillman and actors Chloe Sevigny and Chris Eigeman
  • Four deleted scenes with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny
  • Audio recording of Stillman reading a chapter from The Last Days of Disco
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Stills gallery with captions by Stillman
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist David Schickler

  • Editorial Reviews

    The Last Days of Disco is a cleverly comic return to an early 1980s Manhattan party scene from director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan). At the center of the film’s roundelay of revelers are the icy Charlotte (Underworld’s Kate Beckinsale) and the demure Alice (Boys Don’t Cry’s Chloë Sevigny), by day toiling as publishing house assistants and by night looking for romance and entertainment at a Studio 54–like club. The Last Days of Disco is an affectionate yet unsentimental look at the end of an era, brimming with Stillman’s trademark dry humor.

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    60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Witty Film about the Disco Era June 30, 2001
    Format:DVD
    Directed by the amazing Whit Stillman ("Barcelona"; "Metropolitan"), "The Last Days of Disco" examines the life of several young, upward, professionals (or "yuppies" for short) during the early 1980's, when the disco craze was dying and the Decade of Decadence was beginning.
    Alice (ChloŽ Sevigny of "Boys Don't Cry") and Charlotte (Kate Beckisndale of "Brokedown Palace") are two young publishing assistants who live as roommates in the city. Living on a love/hate relationship with one another, both girls decide to socialize with New York's club elite at the most popular club in the city.
    There, they meet up with the likes of advertising execs and employees, odd club characters such as the Tiger Lady (played by Drew Barrymore's real-life mother, Jaid Barrymore) and others who give the film a unique flavor when it comes to recreating the disco era of the late 1970's/early 1980's.
    While I really can't give away the details that moves the film to its' conclusion, all I can say that this film blows away the only other disco-era film that was released around the same time, "Studio 54." While the latter tried to recreate the final days of New York City's most infamous nightspot, it failed to capture the energy that disco era was well-known for. Unlike "Studio 54," instead of revolving around the life of one character, "Last Days" focuses on the lives of several young professionals, which gives it more flavor and attraction.
    Personally, Whit Stillman simply is one of the best American directors out there. His films all involve wit, energy, love, and the elements that plague young adults now and then.
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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good antidote to exploding helicopter movies December 2, 1999
    Format:DVD
    If you can't stand to watch another exploding helicopter, "Disco" and the other two Whit Stillman movies are a good antidote. The characters actually say interesting things.
    You may want to watch "Metropolitan" before watching "The Last Days of Disco" to understand the world the characters come from. You may be a little misled by watching "Metropolitan" first, though. It's a simple, gentle story while "Barcelona" and "Disco" are sexier and set in more exotic locales.
    Some reviewers didn't like these movies because the characters speak articulately in fully-formed, grammatically-correct sentences. I can see where they might mistake it for bad writing or acting. The bio commentary on the "Disco" DVD talks about the film crew being impressed by the Sevigny and Beckinsale's ability to recreate New England prep school speech - an indication that preppies really talk that way. I'm from California where we're all inarticulate, so I wouldn't know. Ultimately, I don't care - people don't break out singing in real life, either, but you wouldn't want to do away with musicals. Notice that the non-preppy characters in these movies talk like "normal" people.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stillman Film and a Perfect Criterion Blu-Ray July 12, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    Whit Stillman's 1998 film "The Last Days of Disco" remains one of his best pictures - a refreshing, intelligent, and often subtly hilarious look at shallow yuppies living, clubbing, and loving at the tail end of the Disco era (i.e. "the very early 1980s"). The demure Chloe Sevigny and the bitchy Kate Beckinsale play a vastly different pair of publishing assistants who decide to room in a New York railroad apartment while they hit the highlife at night with a colorful group of supporting characters -- not the least of which include advertising man Mackenzie Astin (who needs the disco to attract clients), club bouncer Chris Eigeman (a Stillman regular), and assistant district attorney Matt Keeslar (who perhaps has both the hots for Sevigny, and ulterior motives for visiting the disco himself).

    The performances are uniformly on target, each character believably echoing the frivolous nature of the music, but also the genuine feeling for the time and place they do share. Stillman provides seemingly every character with a vital scene or line of dialogue, and comes down hard on their essentially materialistic ideals while never condemning them or turning the picture into a broadly comic spoof. Sevigny's character, in particular, is a credible portrait of a young girl lost in the big city, emotionally if nothing else, and Beckinsale creates one of the most effectively obnoxious (but believable!) women you're ever likely to see on the big screen, years before the actress dedicated most of her time to becoming a plastic action figure.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Stillman January 4, 2000
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    Format:DVD
    After Metropolitan andn Barcelona, one would expect the acting in The Last Days of Disco to be atrocious. That's not the case. For perhaps the first time, Stillman has managed to fuse a reflective story with decent acting. The result is, I think, a movie that just gets better each time you watch it. The more you watch, the more you realise it's just like a Fitzgerald or Hemmingway novel. The conversation about lady and the tramp, the bitchiness of Kate Beckinsale... it all adds up to a great movie. If you have a bit of time to spare, and you're willing to pay attention to it, watch the movie. Whilst Metropolitan and Barcelona were both great (I'm a big Stillman fan), I think The Last Days of Disco shows the director at a new level of maturity.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth collecting
    Very very good movie, brought me back to my childhood where Iwas in the 80s...
    The story is very good told, music is worth buying the soundtrack
    I would recommend this to... Read more
    Published 18 days ago by SEL]M DALLI
    5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic
    Great movie if you are a fan of the late 70's disco scene. Kate Beckinsale is sort of whiny, but that's why we love her in this movie.
    Published 5 months ago by T-Rex
    2.0 out of 5 stars Wardrobe is not authentic!
    When you do a period piece, wardrobe, hair and setting is crucial! Right off the bat, Kate Beckinsale's hair is a 1996-99 hairstyle. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Movie Lover
    4.0 out of 5 stars I saw it a second time.......
    When this came out many made the mistake thinking this was actually about Disco ,it isn't. I watched it again last night[ 2013 as I write this] having only seen it back in 2000 or... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Tom Byron
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but not horrible
    As you can see the reviews for this are all over the map. Some love it, some hate it. I am pretty neutral toward the movie. It is based loosely on the demise of studio 54. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Mike S.
    1.0 out of 5 stars A snoozefest...
    I've seen parts of this film but could not get through the entire thing.

    Boring and unmemorable characters who talk about boring stuff. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by prophet-5
    5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining movie
    I remember these days well and it brought back memories of yesteryear that i hold near and dear. I will probable watch again.
    Published 13 months ago by R. Clements
    4.0 out of 5 stars Studio 54
    This is a graphic movies for the 1980s in nightclubs like 54. There is no happy ending in this movie, but it is a step into reality that we do not wish to return to(open sex,... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by brandrewpaul
    1.0 out of 5 stars Like watching paint dry.
    I could only stand about 45 minutes of this garbage. There was no plot, just a bunch of incredibly boring people talking about nothing. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by laceyr325
    5.0 out of 5 stars Disco rulez!
    Good movie depicting night life with representative songs from the 80's in Studio54 reminiscing Saturday Night Fever. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by meltemis
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