Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series)
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- Two discs - disc two has supplemental material
- Deleted scenes
- Feature length "making of" documentary
- TV spots
- Aimee Mann "Save Me" music video
Top Customer Reviews
"Magnolia" is a near masterpiece...
The reasons it was a box office dud are too numerous to mention, but they run the gamut from its confusing title - to the decision to keep super star Tom Cruise's name in the background - to the bad word-of-mouth recorded by rating services which survey people looking for conventional narratives and resolutions as they walk out of theaters.
I see 50 to 60 films a year (and not for a living), and I avoided "Magnolia" out of fear. Fear of wasting time, more important than wasting money. And another concern was the film's controversial resolution, the critical element that determines the success or failure of most movies with a mass audience. Now that I've seen "Magnolia" on video and have finally been able to philosophically, intellectually and logically string together its elements, there is no doubt that this is a wonderful accomplishment on film. "Magnolia" takes you on a journey whereby a master story teller challenges you to hang onto a breathtaking ride of images, content and music, and find the thread that strings everything, including the last 20 minutes...together in a way that makes sense.
Yes, the point of the movie is that there are things which defy scientific logic. "Magnolia" tackles this premise and applies it to human behavior in a dazzling kaleidoscope of aural, verbal and visual montages - which make it IMPOSSIBLE - to stop this film to come back to later. You're pulled into a whirlpool, asking yourself, how is all of this going to end?Read more ›
If you can appreciate that a movie can touch your heart, can be something more than just simple entertainment, and can actually say something both simple and profound about the human condition, then you will love Magnolia. It is not easy watching. It is at turns foul-mouthed, confused, chaotic, irrational, depressing, uplifting, unrealistic, too realistic, unpredictable, heavily symbolic, violent, and unflinchingly, gut-wrenchingly honest in its portrayal of damaged characters trying to make sense of the wreckage of their lives. And yet, through all of this there is a beacon of hope and redemption that shines through, and most of the characters do find the strength to carry on. Watching Magnolia is like having an entire lifetime's worth of powerful emotions crammed into a three hour movie. If you have an open mind, and an open heart, you must see this movie. I have a hard time imagining how anyone will ever be able to make a better one.
The film follows eleven characters through one rainy day which culminates in a sequence so forceful that you feel just as physically and mentally drained as those inside the celluloid. The eleven characters all branch off from an old man dying of cancer named Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) who lays in a bed through the whole movie. He is married to Linda (Julianne Moore) and is looked after by nurse Phil Parma (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Earl's last wish is to speak with his son, Frank (Cruise).
Earl is also the executive producer of "the longest running quiz show on television: What Do Kids Know?" The TV game show is at an exciting point in its run for a new group of "Kids" led by Stanley Spector (Jeremy Blackman) is close to breaking the record for consecutive wins held by former quiz kid Donnie Smith (William H. Macy). Jimmy Gator (Phillip Baker Hall) is the host who is also dying of cancer. He has a wife, Rose (Melinda Dillon), and an estranged daughter of his own: Claudia (Melora Walters).
Claudia is addicted to cocaine and listens to her music way too loud.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always enjoyed this movie. Everyone's performance is very believable. Tom Cruise impressed me. I bought the soundtrack years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Earl Blaize
Artistically, a masterpiece,,,
It is an intellectual piece, cerebral and intense.....
I like to call it the prequell to Kubick;s final film , eyes wide... Read more
there are no words for the quality of this film. the writing, directing, amazing performances, soundtrack, cinematography and on & on. brilliant....Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Magnolia is probably the best film Paul ever made so far.
Boogie Night is a masterpiece also but this one is better for me. Read more
Excellent performances by stellar cast. Saw it fifteen years ago and was still hooked for those three hours of interlaced vignettes, somewhat reminiscent of Altman's Shortcuts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by REMORSE
Good acting...But when they all started singing at the same time...To the same song..It was the most ridiculous thing,until the frogs fell from the sky.Published 3 months ago by Bryan Killeen
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I don't think so amigo. Just take a look on the picture of the back of the disc case. Only english and spanish.
Jun 13, 2010 by Fabio Ornelas | See all 3 posts
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For significant amounts of time, the background music gets louder than the dialog in about 7 scenes, which completely obscures whatever they say.
Was there some reason to wipe out the dialogue?
Was it poorly recorded, boring, unnecessary;... Read More
Dec 24, 2015 by Demian | See all 2 posts