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Rain Man

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Rain Man is the kind of touching drama that Oscars are made for--and, sure enough, the film took Academy honors for best picture, director, screenplay, and actor (Dustin Hoffman) in 1988. Hoffman plays Raymond, an autistic savant whose late father

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Rain Man is the kind of touching drama that Oscars are made for--and, sure enough, the film took Academy honors for best picture, director, screenplay, and actor (Dustin Hoffman) in 1988. Hoffman plays Raymond, an autistic savant whose late father has left him $3 million in a trust. This gets the attention of his materialistic younger brother, a hot-shot LA car dealer named Charlie (Tom Cruise) who wasn't even aware of Raymond's existence until he read his estranged father's will. Charlie picks up Raymond and takes him on a cross-country journey that becomes a voyage of discovery for Charlie, and, perhaps, for Raymond, too. Rain Man will either captivate you or irritate you (Raymond's sputtering of repetitious phrases is enough to drive anyone crazy), but it is obviously a labor of love for those involved. Hoffman had been attached to the film for many years, as various directors and writers came and went, but his persistence eventually paid off--kind of like Raymond in Las Vegas. Look for director Barry Levinson in a cameo as a psychiatrist near the end of the film. --Jim Emerson

Special Features

  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes and a revealing look at the making of the movie

Product Details

  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen, Jack Murdock
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Barry Morrow, Ronald Bass
  • Producers: Gerald R. Molen, David McGiffert, Gail Mutrux, Jon Peters, Mark Johnson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (563 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792833260
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rain Man" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Have you ever had to communicate with someone on a different wavelength as you; for example because he speaks a foreign language and you don't have an interpreter, or because he is unable to communicate verbally at all, or maybe just because you keep misunderstanding each other? If so, you know what a frustrating experience it is to have virtually no control over the situation and over making sure that you're actually understood. And in precisely this situation finds himself Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise), personification of the 1980s' yuppie, a used car dealer with major money problems whose only - tentative - personal attachment is to his current girlfriend Susanna (Valeria Golino). Because having learned that except for a few rosebushes and a vintage 1949 Buick Roadmaster his recently-deceased father has left virtually all of his considerable fortune to his autistic brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) - a brother he didn't even know he had - Charlie decides to kidnap Raymond from the Cincinnati facility where he lives, take him to California, and demand half the inheritance in exchange for his brother's return.

Now, Charlie isn't the greatest communicator himself; at least as far as listening goes; he is used to talking people down, and if that alone doesn't do the trick, he starts to yell. This, however, just doesn't work with Raymond, who lives in a world of his own and, unable to express emotion in any other way, falls into a nervous tic when feeling threatened. So for the first time in his life Charlie has to learn to accept another human being for what he is, and work *with* his bewildering methods of communication rather than against them.
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Format: Blu-ray
Barry Levinson's name is well-known these days mostly as a producer but he has directed a good number of films that people are familiar with. Films such as "Sphere", "Wag the Dog", "Sleepers", "Bugsy", "Toys", "Avalon", "Good Morning Vietnam", "Diner" to name a few. But for one film, Levinson earned his Oscar and that was in 1988 for "Rain Man". A story by Barry Morrow and a screenplay co-written by Morrow and Ronald Bass ("Snow Falling on Cedars", "Step Mom", "My Best Friend's Wedding", "Entrapment", "What Dreams May Come"), the film would also bring together America's top male actors Dustin Hoffman ("Tootsie", "Kramer vs. Kramer", "Ishtar") and Tom Cruise ("Top Gun", "Cocktail", "Risky Business", "The Color of Money").

The film which was budgeted at $25 million, earned over $354 million (the film was the highest grossing film of 1988) and would win four Academy awards including "Best Director", "Best Picture", "Best Writing, Original Screenplay" and a "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for Dustin Hoffman.

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"Rain Man" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 widescreen). First, its important for me to remind everyone that this is a 1988 film and I've always had the opinion that many films from the '80s tend to have this aged look and sometimes appearances look soft. While for "Rain Man", the film does show its age in terms of film stock used, this is the best looking version of the film to date.

There is a good amount of grain in this film but there is much more detail and edge enhancement can be seen at times. If anything, the clarity and detail is much more evident in the Blu-ray release and there appears to be some noise reduction utilized as there are some moments of softness.
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Format: Blu-ray
While I do own the Standard DVD version of this film, this review is not a disc to disc comparison and while the film gets 4 stars from me for the movie, my 4 stars relates only to the actual quality of the transfer from Standard Def to its Blu Ray encode. There are already a great many reviews here providing a summary of the plot, opinions on acting,etc. Therefore, this review's stars will only focus upon the actual quality of the transfer of 'Rain Man' to Blue Ray and not to the excellent quality of the movie itself. By the way, this older film still retains its legs. The Blu Ray version I have has a MGM 90th Anniversary label glued to the actual case of the blu ray. Peek underneath and you will see the original cover, so don't be fooled, this is the original blu ray release and it has not been remastered because of the MGM 40th.

VIDEO QUALITY....
When the film first started a big "OH OH" came to mind as there was a ton of noticeable grain everywhere but especially in the gray backgrounds and scenes where the sky was part of things. For whatever reason the grain reduced as the film moved on. Color grading was warm with a slight saturation of color but nothing that was artificial. Focus tends to be soft throughout the film as this was originally shot on film so you do not have the sharpness of video cameras. Face details tend to be smoothed out a touch and details like hair and the beautiful cinematography of the plains leaves the grass fields a touch blurred out. However, the power of the movie and its characters makes you forget about these small deficiencies. Mbps rates stayed very steady in the mid 30's which was a pleasant surprise.
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Autistic Savant-Genieus with autisim?
Definitely yes. See my review. -). They are not child-like. They are less developed in some other areas which make them different (not less).
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