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Normal Heart [Blu-ray] (2014)

Mark Ruffalo , Julia Roberts , Ryan Murphy  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons
  • Directors: Ryan Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2014
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KMULA6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Directed by Emmy® Award winner Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award® nominee Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Based on Kramer’s Tony Award® winning play of the same name, it takes an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. An ensemble of searing performances featuring Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy® winner Jim Parsons, and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
A brilliant film of a brilliant play: The tragedy of GRID to AIDS
Larry Kramer adapted his much honored play 1985 play THE NORMAL HEART, an autobiographical reenactment of the period of time from 1980 to 1984 when the mysterious scourge of AIDS decimated thousands of gay men. Ryan Murphy sensitively directs a cast of some of the finest actors in cinema and a cadre of actors form the stage in a heart-stopping reminder of a time when it seemed the world might just be ending.

The film focuses on the rise of GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) aka the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo), the gay Jewish- American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned prefers loud public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix Turner (Matt Bomer), none of whom are prepared to throw themselves into the media spotlight. Their differences of opinion lead to frequent arguments that threaten to undermine their mutual goal. But that is only part of the territory this film covers - from the newly post- Stonewall sexual freedom as highlighted on Fire Island, to the gradual finding of Kaposi's sarcoma as badges on dying men, to the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Nickie
Format:DVD
When I sat down to watch The Normal Heart, I had no idea just how much I was about to be moved, amazed, traumatized, enraged, heartbroken, and enlightened. I've been passionate about gay rights and issues ever since I knew what it was to be gay, and I had not one clue how horrible the AIDS epidemic was at its inception. The Normal Heart is an unflinching look at a horrific time in our history where human beings were treated by the masses as garbage. Literally. And that's when they were even being acknowledged at all. Every actor involved gave an Oscar-worthy performance, ironically in a movie that is not eligible for the award. Mark Ruffalo's passion jumps right out of the screen at you, and in both its most angry and its most devastating, you're right there with him. Julia Roberts gives an Erin Brockovich-like performance times ten. Jim Parsons is wonderful in the first role most of us are seeing him outside of Sheldon Cooper, both with his moments of humor and more importantly with his heart. Many kudos also to Taylor Kitsch, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina, Finn Wittrock, and of course Ryan Murphy for his fearless and beautiful direction. But Matt Bomer... Matt Bomer is THE star among stars, pulling at every single one of your heartstrings in one of the bravest roles ever committed to film. This is without a doubt one of the most important movies you will ever see.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The translation from off-Broadway play to HBO film is an outstanding success. I saw the play in New York City many years ago and I had my doubts as to how well the play would translate after 30 years of AIDS treatment advances. However, the film just could not be better. It perfectly captures the vast disruption that AIDS brought to the gay community and the amazing acts of courage and community organizing that occurred during the early days of this public health disaster. Larry Kramer’s adaptation of his 1985 play continues to capture the tensions between those in the gay community that thought that the strategy for stopping the epidemic lay in constant outrage at those with political power as compared to those who thought that the strategy for stopping the epidemic lay in community organizing in partnership with public health officials and institutionalizing the response effort. The film also depicts those who brought their talents to fund raising and to the important and essential tasks of care for those impacted by the disease. The film is fair in this debate and leaves the viewer with the impression that all types of responses and strategies were necessary to curtail the epidemic.

Mark Ruffalo, as character Ned Weeks, is outstanding in playing the angry activist who demands action, confronts hypocrisy at every opportunity. A man who uses anger and confrontation to move the agenda forward despite making enemies in the process may eventually be unwelcome. He is also a man who converts his grief and fear into anger as he sees the deterioration of his lover, Felix, played perfectly by Matt Bomer.
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful
By VRusso
Format:Blu-ray
After watching "The Normal Heart" last night on HBO, I understood much better and deeply, what the gay community has been fighting to be accepted and respected for a very long time. But what happened in the early 80's was a genocide caused by a homophobic Republican government, that to this date, keep fighting to make the members of the gay community in US a second class group. 36 million people died of AIDS because the Reagan administration refused to speak up and help the research. A lot has changed, but this movie is an important reminder of what we are fighting against and that we have to push forward, that change is happening regardless of all the death and injustice. This is a great, emotional movie with heartbreaking performances from first rate actors. Thank you HBO, for the courage to show the world this sad chapter of American history.#TheNormalHeart #HBO #Equality #GayRights #AIDS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Teaching Movie of the History of AIDS especially point of Government Involvement...
Published 10 hours ago by Gerald Shattuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cast, great movie.
Published 11 hours ago by georgeofpalms
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Good product. Well packaged. Very satisfied.
Published 15 hours ago by elizabeth coleman
1.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Turned Dud
It seemed like it took forever to bring Larry Kramer's play to film, and the results are disastrous. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Jack M. Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie.
Published 1 day ago by J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film I have seen in years
Where do I start? This movie was one of the best that I have had the pleasure of seeing in years. It made you laugh and it made you cry. It made you happy and it made you sad. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Anthony H. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Truth
Fantastic film. 1. A great way to introduce people to the topic of civil rights for LGBT citizens as well as the effect of demonizing people who are different. 2. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh my gawd, Julia Roberts amazing
Really good but ended too abruptly..........so much more on the topic. this movie will show you how truly gifted Julia Roberts is
Published 2 days ago by CRAVEN MOREHEAD
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
Heavy subject matter, but it was well handled. it is an HBO show, so it is a bit graphic (sexually). It is an awful story, truly. Read more
Published 3 days ago by J. M. Sample
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional roller coaster of a story beautifully told.
So very touching, emotional roller coaster of a story beautifully told.
Published 3 days ago by DAVID MOORE
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