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Rounders [Blu-ray] (1998)

Matt Damon , Edward Norton , John Dahl  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich, Paul Cicero
  • Directors: John Dahl
  • Writers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Bobby Cohen, Christopher Goode, Harvey Weinstein, Joel Stillerman
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055OTJPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rounders [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

• Behind-the-Scenes Special
• Inside Professional Poker
• Feature Commentary with Professional Poker Players
• Feature Commentary with Cast & Crew
• Champion Poker Tips

Editorial Reviews

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (True Grit, The Bourne Supremacy) and Edward Norton (Fight Club, The Italian Job) star in this story of passion, risk and the extreme price of friendship! After losing a high-stakes card game, Mike (Damon) gives up gambling for law school and a fresh start with his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol – Cradle Will Rock). But then his best buddy (Norton) gets out of prison and in over his head with a ruthless card shark (John Malkovich – Being John Malkovich). From there, Mike’s strong sense of loyalty – and the lure of the game – draws him back to the tables in a game he cannot afford to lose! Also starring John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Transformers) and Oscar® winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood).

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra features justify a new edition December 24, 2004
Format:DVD
I own the original DVD of this film. Certainly I hesitated to buy a second copy of the essentially same movie, but(...) I thought I'd take a chance. The main feature remains the same, so if you are in the same situation as I was, you'll be paying for the extra features. In short, the extras certainly make it worthwhile to own this edition, whether or not you own the original.

1. If you play poker already, "Heads Up Texas Hold 'Em" won't help you. (I bet you suspected that already.)
2. The two bonus features, "Behind-The-Scenes Special" and "Inside Professional Poker", are short at 5'20" and 5'40" respectively. The former is a little disappointing; it appears that the cast and the staff simply talk about the movie retrospectively after the production. In other words, it looks and feels like an afterthought. The latter is a little more satisfying; it gives some well-known (to regular poker players) principles of poker. The soundtracks are very annoying.
3. Champion Poker Tips gives a few sound-bite tips from Johnny Chan, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, and Chris Moneymaker. Again, if you play poker already, there is nothing new here.
4. Now, these professional players are featured in the extra commentary. Mr. Whear characterized this commentary as "odd," but I thought this was the best part of this Collector's Edition. The comments they make are sometimes off the wall, but it just adds to the charm (to me, anyway). They analyze the hand Mike McD loses to Teddy KGB at the beginning of the movie, and also the showdown at the end; their analysis is good, and they explain how (and why) things will be quite different in the real life. Also, the commentary shows the characters of these pros.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you play poker? June 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
There are two types of people watching Rounders: those who play poker and those who don't. If you can identify in any way with Matt Damon in this movie, it's going to captivate you. If you're not a card player... you can probably forget it.

Mike McDermott (Damon) is a professional poker player and a law school student, in that order. One night, in an attempt to raise the capital for a trip to Las vegas to play in the World Series of Poker, McDermott loses his whole bankroll, $30K, to the owner of his favorite underground card club, Teddy KGB (John Malkovich). The next day, he swears off cards, but we get the feeling he does so in order to keep his relationship with Jo (Gretchen Mol) alive. His resolve is shaken, and quickly detroyed, when his best friend growing up, Worm (Edward Norton), is released from prison, and McDermott soon finds himself back at the table.

This movie succeeds on a number of levels, and surprisingly so. Of course, many of those levels have to do with cards, and if (as I said) you're not enchanted, or at least obsessed, with the non-luck aspects of any game of chance, it'll probably bore you stiff. But even if you're only a weekend (or rarer) player at the card table, the horse track, or the stock market, you'd do well to listen to Damon's voiceovers throughout the movie, which have loads of excellent information (and mirror things I've been telling novice horseplayers for years).

Other than that, the insights into relationships, and the ways obsession can destroy them, are profound. Well, okay, maybe not profound, but handled with gobs more subtlety and wit than I've seen in just about forever.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poker Revolution February 24, 2004
By Rick V
Format:DVD
I first saw Rounders when I had been playing Hold'Em for about 2 years and noticed a big change in the "drop ins" at the tables. (Drop In - A new player that isnt one of the regulars that usually play in a reoccuring game or location) People were throwing out quotes from Teddy KGB, the Russian character played by John Malkovich. I could tell the movie was creating an insurgance of new players to the game. Years later you can play Hold'Em at nearly any table in any casino and say something like 'weaddy ageasieev' and get at least a couple chuckles.
Matt Damon plays the main character, Mikey McDermott and Edward Norton his best friend Lester "Worm" Murphy who's freshly released from a prison term that Mikey might have also had to serve if Lester would have given him up. Feeling obligated for the sacrifice his friend made, Mikey trys everything he can to keep Worm out of trouble while attempting to hold together a failing relationship with his girlfriend while juggling law school. Mikey cant resist the draw of poker and ends up back in the frey of the Rounders again realizing that life is a grind without his true love of poker.
Damon portrays the main character brilliantly and Norton was so convincing that I actually felt angry at him for fouling everything all up. Malkovich invents his own odd version of the Russian accent while pulling off the role of Teddy that is completely unforgettable. There's also a great cameo by the 3 time World Series of Poker champion Jonny Chan.
Rounders portrays a professional gambler more realistically than I've ever seen it before. From hiding large amounts of cash all over the house to the dark smokey poker rooms hidden away in a basement to ring games at the casino.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~Buyers-BEWARE & CAUTIOUSLY choose your purchase of Rounders...
First, before I explain my title, Rounders, for me, has to be in Matt Damon's top 5 movies he has starred in thus far. Read more
Published 2 days ago by ~K.I.S.S~
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Poker movie
The movie has great actors. Doesn't slow down to much and is relatively clean.
I hope you buy and enjoy.
Published 11 days ago by Devon Lockwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great performance by Kevin bacon, DeNiro was very convincing as a priest and his care your trying to lead the boys
Published 1 month ago by Timothy Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling poker movie
excellent cast, fine acting, good story line. Accurate portrayal of action at a poker table. Appreciate by a poker fan
Published 1 month ago by Carla Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie…..
My Son is a card player and he really enjoyed this Movie…. I simply thought it was very entertaining… The principal actors are well suited to this work and deliver great... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Louis Schulte
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
I rented this based on the positive comments.Overall it did not work for me ,The relationship between Mike and Worm made no sense,look Mike went to law school at one time,so he... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Asher Pacholder
4.0 out of 5 stars Gambler's Movie
Not a fan of Matt Damion, but the movie was based on the underbelly of professional card players.

I recommend only because of the constant deceit of poker players
Published 1 month ago by Javelin SST72
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring
A movie about Matt Damon making bad choices and owing a lot of people a lot of money. My boyfriend enjoyed it a little more.
Published 2 months ago by AMil
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Such a great movie, love how many one liners are actually solid poker tips like when is shows up the judges game and says, only play premium hands...play tight, but aggressive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Randy Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
You should get movie, good time, fun, enjoyed it alot. Moving. Fun and very enjoyable movie to watch for all.
Published 2 months ago by Diane M. Wells
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