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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 (161 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: Multiple Formats, 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AQTY3JO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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77 of 80 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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39 of 40 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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16 of 17 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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26 of 30 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
Saw this movie at least 10 times. Wonderful.
Published 13 days ago by sdecesare
5.0 out of 5 stars "What Are You Afraid Of ... Unleash Your Passion!" - Robert Gelbart
Once in a great while a person comes across a movie which touches them and cannot be fully expressed with mere words. This is that movie for me. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sheryl Fechter
4.0 out of 5 stars And the quartet played on
Found this when looking for Philip Seymour Hoffman films shortly after his death. An interesting character study with a good cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Schaefer
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film.
Superb acting which included extensive research on the mimicking of string instrument playing.

This film is for everyone, whether they are classical music lovers or not.
Published 1 month ago by Gypsy Music Lover.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
Absolutely love this movie! As a professional musician, I can vouch for the fact this is truly a slice of real life. It is extremely well done.
Published 1 month ago by Mary K. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting, gorgeous music, a multi-faceted story with depth -- the...
Impeccably well-made film. I agree with everything positive written by the five-star reviewers before me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane Stranz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
This is a great movie about musicians, music and human relationships. I would recommended it to all music lovers, and anyone who admires Christopher Walken and the late, great... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performances and insight into the world of classical music.
I loved everything about this movie and could tell that the actors had taken time in learning to convincingly 'play' their instruments, though the soundtrack was the Brentano... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did this come from?
I raise that question, because when you look at the people who made it, everything else they've done has been B-movie schlock or worse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael A. Kalm
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Film With an All-Star Cast
"A Late Quartet" is, on the surface, about a string quartet that has performed together for 25 years, but it's really a drama about the relationships that develop over such... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jill Clardy
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