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A Late Quartet [Blu-ray] (2012)

Philip Seymour Hoffman , Christopher Walken , Yaron Zilberman  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Wallace Shawn, Anne Sofie von Otter
  • Directors: Yaron Zilberman
  • Writers: Yaron Zilberman, Seth Grossman
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQTY3JO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Academy Awardr Winners Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman strike all the right chords with Academy Awardr Nominee Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir in this powerful story that blends raw emotion with fiery passion to form an unforgettable cinematic masterpiece. After 25 years together, the members of a world-renowned string quartet learn that their beloved cellist (Walken) may soon be forced to retire. But the news stirs up equally painful challenges when competing egos, harbored resentment, and irrepressible lust threaten to derail the group as they struggle to maintain harmony in their music - and their lives.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense classical music and relationship drama December 26, 2012
Format:DVD
"A Late Quartet" (2012 release, 105 min.) brings the story of the (fictional) "Fugue String Quartet", portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman as Robert, Christopher Walken as Peter, Catherine Keener as Juliette (wife of Robert) and Marc Ivanir as Daniel. As the movie begins, we learn that Peter has the beginnings of Parkinson's disease and possibly the end of his musical career. Peter contemplates a replacement so as to assure the contunity of the quartet. Robert at that point voices his long-held frustration of "just" being second violinist and would like to share first chair with Daniel, much to Daniel's dismay. Robert and Juliette get into a huge argument about it and when he feels like she doesn't "have his back", Robert has a ill-fated affair with a younger woman. Juliette finds out and promply kicks him out of the house. Meanwhile Daniel fall for the charms of Alexandra (daughter of Robert and Juliette). At this point we are about half-way into the movie. Will Peter recover from his illness to bring one last live performance? Will Robert and Juliette reunite? Is Daniel's relationship with Alexandra doomed? Will the Fugue String Quartet survive? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: the acting performances are ACE throughout this movie, none more so than from Philip Seymore Hoffman as the wounded husband and frustrated musician, and in my book better than his much hyped performance in "The Master" earlier this year. But check out also Christopher Walken as he stares into his mortality, just superb.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Masterpiece February 7, 2013
Format:DVD
This movie my favorite film so far this year. The all star cast, including Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, give a stunning performance. As a violinist, I can appreciate not only he the dramatic storyline but the struggles of the musicians as well. When a world famous quartet is about to lose one of their own, a lot of unspoken and painful feelings are brought to the front burner. There is competition and resentment and friendships that took twenty-five years to build are threatened. This is a film that will make you cry but there are also moments that will make you laugh. The music was as beautiful as the storyline and I enjoyed the classical pieces interwoven with the movie. This film is a must see for anyone who enjoys a good drama but especially for anyone who has even been involved with or loved music
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great study of human relations / community life ;-) February 4, 2013
By D. Kriz
Format:DVD
A surprisingly simple yet "complicated" movie that IMHO was one of 2012's best. The aging leader and cellist (played by Christopher Walken) of a classical "String Quartet" finds that he must retire due to the onset of Parkinson's Disease. What now? Well, the "second violinist" (for 25 years ...) played by Philip Seymour Hoffman takes the opportunity to suggest to the first violinist that he'd "kinda like to play first violin on occasion." The first violinist (played by Mark Ivanhir) a true virtuoso and perfectionist is aghast. The second violinist's wife (and viola player rounding out the Quartet) who's spent her entire adult life playing in this Quartet and, in fact, only met her husband through their playing in the Quartet together kinda agrees with the first violinist :-) ... What now? ;-) What a GREAT story about human / Community dynamics and Life ;-) ;-)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The moments when and idea for a story, the intelligence of a script to tell it, the sensitivity of the director to make it work, and the cast of extraordinary actors to make it visual come all too infrequently these days in the films that cross our theater screens. A LATE QUARTET is such a complete success on so many levels that it should be considered a standard for filmmaking excellence. It is cerebral, yes, it is best appreciated by people who are involved in some way with classical music even if that be solely as an audience, but the dynamics of this little `community' of people drawn together by a lasting contract to rehearse and perform for the better part of their time and the effect of physical proximity and the risks of intellectual/artistic distances have rarely been so exquisitely painted.

The honored Fugue Quartet has been living and performing together for 25 years: first violin Daniel Lerner (Ukrainian American actor Mark Ivanir), second violin Robert Gelbart (Philip Seymour Hoffman), cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), and violist Juliette Gelbart (Catherine Keener) make such perfect music together that we would never guess their lives are askew. Peter is diagnosed as having Parkinson's Disease and understands that his performing days are now severely limited; the Gelbart's marriage is at risk because of the tatters of time and the dealing with daughter Alexandra (Imogen Poots) who reacts to her history of being an alone child by entering into a physical affair with obsessive Daniel and Robert's ill-advised one night stand with the young beautiful Pilar (Liraz Charhi); Robert's surfacing jealousy of wanting to be first violin: the struggle with whether the quartet should disband due to Peter's illness or continue with a new cellist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love music.
A beautiful, sad, touching film about music and musicians, friendship, love and loyalty, and illness. The actors are uniformly so good at portraying their characters.
Published 5 days ago by Mary Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreakingly tangled web
Peter, the cellist and founder of a world-class string quartet (played by Christopher Walken) learns that he has Parkinson's disease, and his playing days will soon end. Read more
Published 10 days ago by C. Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Let The Music Begin
Four, ego prone, professional, classical musicians perform in a highly successful string quartet, after many years of being together, and now must struggle to maintain their... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Douglass T. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Such talent
I never really thought of Phillip Seymour Hoffman in this type of a role. He did an excellent job as a musician and part of such a classy group. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Nancy K. Klomp
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama
It makes you think and feel. I loved the story and the way it was told. Beautifully shot - rich and consistent.
Published 1 month ago by Todd Reinhardt
3.0 out of 5 stars good film but...
The sound on the DVD is just enough out of sync with the image to be distracting. Disappointing. All other aspects of the transaction were fine.
Published 1 month ago by A McDermott
4.0 out of 5 stars A Late Quartet
Very good movie. All the actor were good in this movie. Very entertaining. I bought the movie to see Hoffman. So sorry he is no longer with us. Brilliant actor.
Published 1 month ago by finny2224jp
3.0 out of 5 stars Condition and delivery good, movie just OK
Nothing wrong with this, just not enough. Not enough story, not enough scenery. Walken plays a different, more subdued and serious role which is part of the reason this is not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Sutter
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
This was a beautiful story told in a simple, subtle way. The acting was amazing, the music perfection and the story brilliant in its truth and simplicity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly A. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ensemble acting
The ensemble acting was so very good that I think this film will become a classic. It is also such a lovely story.
Published 1 month ago by Rivergirl
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