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Southland Tales

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SOUTHLAND TALES is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar), an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner (Seann William Scott), a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

Special Features

  • USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland featurette
  • This Is The Way The World Ends Animated Short

Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Gellar, Seann William Scott, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jon Lovitz, Mandy Moore
  • Directors: Richard Kelly
  • Producers: Sean McKittrick, Matthew Rhodes, Kendall Morgan, Bo Hyde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011VIO3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Southland Tales" on IMDb

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. on November 6, 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
No Aimee Mann songs, no tear jerker scenes. It's LA, and it's the end of the world. Huge cast. Epic set-up. Huge budget. Did terrible at the box office, and even now has a growing army of fans. 10 years from now, it'll probably be shown regularly at college campuses at midnight, with people showing up dressed as different characters from the film, and shouting the lines at the screen.

It's like that. If you don't like it after 15 minutes, don't bother. If dark satire about how vain and screwed up American culture is annoys you, don't bother. If wild free form interpretation of scripture bothers you, don't bother. But if you watch it and something gets under your skin, watch it again. Watch it 7 times. It gets clearer and clearer what it's about the more you see it, because it's just too dense to get in one sitting. I didn't really 'like' it the first time I saw it, but I was intrigued by the different layers of subtext, just enough to watch it again. Then I started to really laugh at the jokes...

What's it about? It's a pop culture free poem about Los Angeles, mostly, and the post 9/11 ultra-right mentality. It's very much about the Revelation of St. John, and the 2 main characters would seem at different points to be Jesus or John. And it's a hardcore black comedy.
It's the Anti-"Magnolia", really. It's a bunch of vain, disparate characters intersecting in a way that brings about the end of the world.

If that's your cup of tea, jump in. ;) But don't be fooled by the fact that this film appears to be a thrown together impromptu mess, it's not. It's deeply layered, and carefully put together.. it's just hard to see it on one casual viewing.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan M. Mccormack on January 11, 2009
Format: DVD
This is NOTHING like Lynch, it is a postmodern movie, similar to the books Naked Lunch, by William Burroughs or Gravity's Rainbow by Pynchon. Pop references abound - half the movie is populated by Saturday night Live actors, mixing genres and even media, the first three chapters of the story can be found only in the `prequel' graphic novel, the movie starts in the middle much like star wars. Many of the actors seem to be in on the joke, cracking smiles knowingly. It deconstructs itself as we watch it, cannibalizing other movies as it goes. The Rock plays a superstar actor, which he actually is in real life, the movie almost spills into reality, it never lets you forget that this is all a farce, fake, a movie - and then shows you that real life in many ways is also a farce. In a nod to David Lynch Rebekah Del Rio sings in a scene, as she does in Mulholland Drive. The movie even recycles certain time travel elements from the director's first movie Donnie Darko. It's pop culture turned in on itself, Shakespeare's play within a play, or the postmodern creed of "Nothing is true. Pop cult personality Kevin Smith plays the leader of a neo-marxist group, the movie doesn't even pretend to take itself seriously yet the issues really are deadly serious. Like the Media and pop culture its turns the world's issues, even the world itself, into one giant false spectacle. Postmodern author J.G. Ballard, author of Crash, in 1970 predicted that within a few years we'd all be living in one giant T.V. studio. The news and media now define our consensus of what reality is, we are told and sold on what's really going on. Dance pop star Justin Timberlake parodies himself, reflecting the ugliness of MTV culture his face is scarred, he does an MTV style video musical number of The Killer's "All These Things That I've Done.Read more ›
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70 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on November 19, 2007
Format: Theatrical Release
This movie cannot be summarized or explained easily so I will provide my impressions of this strangely fascinating movie. First off, it's a long movie (over 2 hours) and the first 15 mins. confused me until I just let go of any normal movie expectations and sat back to enjoy the freak show that is Southland Tales. There is no way this film is going to appeal to the masses and if odd movies appeal to you, then you better run out to see it at the handful of theaters playing it or wait for the dvd release. I know I can't wait for the dvd release (please let there be commentary) for repeated viewings. This movie was so crammed full of insight, digs and jokes that I couldn't catch every single thing. This mind blowing version of what the USA might be like in the very near future is crazy but addictive. I found the scene where someone questions after a commercial, "Did I just see two cars f**k?" "Yes, but that was the European version" to be very telling. The smarmy salesman easily tosses aside any moral questions. Are Americans being sold swamp land by Corporations? Some might even question if the viewer is being sold a load of crap dressed up as fine art. I think not. The aggressive subtext was a nice touch too. Be prepared for very crude dialogue - I found it amusing but it might not appeal to others. The against-type casting was a stroke of brilliance (Sarah Michele "Buffy" Gellar as a porn star and Mandy Moore as a I can't say without giving things away). Obscure references were a treat such as the Baron's "Dune" overtones and Kevin Smith (not easily recognizable) evokes the Wizard of Oz. I loved the light handed social commentary.Read more ›
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The graphic novel IS half the movie. I don't know why no one mentions this, the movie was originally supposed to be a very intricate "interactive" experience, with 9 volumes of the graphic novel that would lead directly into the movie.

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Oct 5, 2009 by R. Rahman |  See all 9 posts
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