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  • Actors: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Diahnne Abbott
  • Directors: John Cassavetes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KE3B6LA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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LOVE STREAMS (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO/1984/WS 1.85/3 DISC/ENG/ENG SDH)PB DRAMA

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Very nice addition.
Sky Mann
The Criterion edition of Love Streams seems to confirm this view.
Allan MacInnis
Great Film With A Really Good Transfer To High Definition.
John Ford

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sky Mann on May 22, 2014
Finally available on digital and a Criterion treatment to boot? I'm completely stoked as this is a favorite of mine. I will be more than happy to retire my VHS when this comes out. According to the Criterion website it's going to contain the Michael Ventura documentary "I'm Almost Not Crazy" as well. Very nice addition. This movie like most/all of John's is not for everyone but for a minority it is a god send. It looks like this Criterion release may contain an extra ~18 minutes of the film compared with the timing numbers on my VHS copy. Thanks John and Criterion!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allan MacInnis on August 26, 2014
This is perhaps my favourite film in cinema history, certainly my favourite of Cassavetes' body of work, and I encourage everyone to see it. The following is a mere quibble about the Criterion edition of it. As I discussed a few years ago on my blog, Alienated in Vancouver, a print of Love Streams that played in Vancouver had a curious bit of apparent censorship. Love Streams is notable for Cassavetes fans in that there is a brief glimpse of nudity in it, when Cassavetes' character, a debauched writer named Robert Harmon, comes up the stairs at his home to discover two giggling girls naked in his shower, near the end of the opening credits. Cassavetes was normally somewhat prudish about nudity on screen, and there is very little of it in the films he directed; even the showgirls in Killing of a Chinese Bookie are mostly covered-up. What was curious was that the Vancouver print of the film trimmed about a second of this scene; while on the old Cannon VHS and the French DVD release, you see the girls' bodies and breasts quite clearly, if briefly, in the Vancouver print, the scene was shortened; it's still there, but you can't see anything at all - just a flicker of skin. I concluded it must be an aberration. Bizarrely, however, this "sanitized" version of the film is precisely the same as the one Criterion has released. I'd like to know what's happened here; Ray Carney - Cassavetes scholar and controversial Mark Rappaport "supporter" - has said that certain elements in the Cassavetes estate have an agenda to censor Cassavetes - pointing to the badly truncated VHS release of Husbands as an example. The Criterion edition of Love Streams seems to confirm this view. It would be interesting to know the actual history - how did the scene get shortened, at whose dictate? It's just a glimpse of nudity, and no reason not to buy the film, but - it's weird!
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Moret on May 19, 2014
The 1970s was a golden age for American Cinema. John Cassavetes should stand up next to Robert Altman as one of the reasons that is so. Unfortunately, he is too often over-looked by the likes of Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese. He is in every way their equal, but chose to work in decidedly unmarketable territory... reality. Love Streams was made in 1984, but comes directly out of that 1970s tradition of character driven story-telling.

Cassavetes was famously generous. He often worked with a small group of performers and friends. His wife, Gena Rowlands, was a brilliant actress that often led the troupe both on and off camera. They were known to work in their home, often cooking themselves for the cast and crew. Some of them would live with the couple in hard times. Cassavetes acted regularly in mediocre (and some brilliant, ie: Rosemary's Baby) films to fund his small budget, completely independent directorial efforts.

His films range from jazz surrealism (Shadows) to reflexive stage drama (Opening Night). They are about social structures, family, love and the quiet moments we each have in our solitude. And, every one of them is infused with compassion and humor. He pulls the best possible performance out of every actor. As a viewer, you almost feel as if you know each and every character. You also feel as though you are watching a very rare performance. The only other experience I can compare it to is P.T. Anderson's ability to draw out Daniel Day Lewis in There Will be Blood or Joaquin Phoenix in The Master.

Unfortunately, this film isn't available on DVD in the States. That's absolutely ridiculous. I really don't get it. How is it that Caddyshack gets like 7 releases and this languishes in a dying format?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pemory on August 4, 2014
This is a fantastic film that's too long overdue for a DVD release. My favorite Cassavetes film--so much so that I own (and regularly screen) an old big-box VHS copy of it. Can hardly wait to see this new transfer. In addition, this release includes the documentary "I'm Almost Not Crazy," which was also only available on VHS for too long and is a must as a companion-piece to the feature.
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