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Mystic River (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)

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Product Description

Drama. Mystic River tells the story of three men whose dark, interwoven history forces them to come to terms with a brutal murder on the mean streets of Boston.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
Documentaries:"Beneath the Surface": Documentary including Clint Eastwood's elaboration on why he made the film, interviews with the cast, and journey back to the steets of Boston with author Dennis Lehane. "From Page to Screen", Bravo special.
Interviews:Selections from the Charlie Rose Show including segments with Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon.
Theatrical Trailer:Pre-sale date is 4/2/04

Additional Features

There's two extra discs plus a commentary track on this deluxe set. One disc is the same CD soundtrack of Clint Eastwood's moody score. The two featurettes--about 40 minutes--have interview bits from all the major talents, including Sean Penn succulently telling us why he doesn't like doing interviews. All the actors speak about what Eastwood calls "good old-fashioned ensemble acting" and author Dennis Lehane and screenwriter Brian Helgeland delve into their inspirations. The bulk of the second disc is two hours of interviews from The Charlie Rose Show with (separately) Eastwood, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon. They often go off on other tangents such as Eastwood's early career and Robbins's political activism. Robbins and Bacon team up for the commentary track, and even though it would have been nice to have the writers or director, the two actors give a solid deconstruction of what's so special about an Eastwood set and how that shows up onscreen. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Commentary by actors Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
  • "Beneath the Surface" - featurette with cast and crew interviews
  • "From Page to Screen" - making of the film featurette
  • Selections from "The Charlie Rose Show" - full-length interviews with Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
  • Two trailers
  • Complete CD soundtrack

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum, Laura Linney
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland, Dennis Lehane
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Bruce Berman, Judie Hoyt, Robert Lorenz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (877 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZX0PG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystic River (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Fred Houpt on December 19, 2006
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I watched this last night. This movie made me feel like I had been beaten up and left on the sidewalk to crawl home. But, I'm not saying it was a bad film. Eastwood has hit home runs in the last several outings and he has aged his talents to a finely honed formula that rarely dissappoints. I am not familiar with the book that this is based on and frankly I don't want to know: the movie was upsetting enough.

A good drama should move you, should make you feel shaken and this film delivers. The script is very good, the actors all excellent. While the film seems to linger just a wee bit too long at the end, it caps off the story without leaving anything unsaid. Having said this, it also does not tie up every single loose end; we are left to figure it out for ourselves and the ambiguity that this invokes is acceptable.

Sean Penn gives a tremendous performance that is worthy of all the accolades. Following close to him is the evocative and always disturbing impressions we see in Tim Robbins' character. The themes of this film are nasty and not for the weak of heart or constitution. While it is not pleasant these things do happen and the story is told in a believable way.

While I am a big fan of all the main actors and of Eastwoods movies in general, the depth of pain this film oozes just makes me glad I watched it once and I think I'll take a very long rain check on seeing it again; at least for quite a while. Angst like this is taken in small doses. On the other hand, acting at this level rarely happens by such a stellar cast and in such a well orchestrated manner.
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145 of 173 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2003
Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's wrenching best-seller, "Mystic River," is a remarkable achievement. Having read the book shortly before seeing the movie, I was impressed with Eastwood's faithfulness to the letter and spirit of Lehane's story.
Sean Penn plays Jimmy Markham (Marcus in the book), a small time hood who did a stint in prison almost two decades earlier. Jimmy now owns a grocery store, is a loving family man, and seems to have given up his criminal ways. As a child, Jimmy was a close friend of Sean Devine, who grew up to become a homicide detective, and Dave Boyle, played by the wonderful Tim Robbins. Boyle endured a terrible trauma as a child, and he is tortured by horrifying thoughts that he can never escape. When Jimmy's nineteen-year-old daughter, Katie, is found brutally murdered, Sean investigates with his partner, played by Laurence Fishburne, and the lives of the three old friends intersect once again.
The stellar cast of "Mystic River" is amazingly effective. Each actor completely inhabits his or her character. Sean Penn's performance is brutal and heart-rending, and Tim Robbins convincingly plays a man on the brink of madness. Supporting these fine actors are Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden, as Jimmy's and Dave's wives.
Eastwood wisely shot his film on the streets of Boston, and Tom Stern's atmospheric and skillful cinematography contribute to the film's realistic and dramatic look. "Mystic River" is a powerful drama about how desperate people react when they are under tremendous emotional pressure. This mythic tragedy proves Faulkner's dictum, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." The mistakes we make and the injuries that we suffer are always with us in one way or another. Kudos to Eastwood and his fine cast and crew on making an exceptional film.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on March 10, 2008
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Again, I haven't read the book however the Movie does it all. I am sure there are things we all wish to forget. Moments in time in which our lives and the lives of others are altered by one singular movement, one phrase, or that one hockey shot that was just out of reach. Nothing is more true when it comes to the lives of Jimmy (Sean Penn), Sean (Kevin Bacon) and Dave (Tim Robbins). Mystic River is an emotional and amazing film about the reconciliation of three friends and their wives by the tragic murder of Jimmy's eldest daughter, Katie Markum (Emmy Rossum). This rough Boston suburb that lies on the bank of the Mystic River is thrown into sorrow and misery over the loss. Jimmy (Penn) makes a vow to find the killer of his daughter and end him and throw him into the Mystic.

The story is superb. Twists and turns and changing plot lines makes this story brilliantly unpredictable. It proves nothing is what it seems. Dealing with issues of child abduction and the effects it has on the future, Mystic River watches and deals with the change n the course of someone life. What something would be like if Dave hadn't gotten into that strangers car? Katie Markum would never had been born to be murdered.

The acting is bar none and has been recognized by the Academy by awarding Sean Penn and Tim Robbins best actor and best supporting role at the Oscars. Sean Penn was incredible in this film. He was so into his character. An angry gangster trying to move on with his life, and get out of his life of crime and deceit. To love his children and to be the best father he can be. Strong and determined, hard and angry he tries to deal with the grief of the loss of his last real memory of his late first wife. Penn is perfect in performing this role. Tim Robbins is also and incredible actor.
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