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The Sunset Limited [Blu-ray]

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The Sunset Limited is a searing, two character drama that mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between two strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. The story focuses on two very different men – a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L. Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones), who tried to throw himself in front of an oncoming subway train, the Sunset Limited. As the one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair. As their philosophical debate progresses, each spar passionately to defend their personal credo and convert the other.

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Audio commentary with Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cormac McCarthy
The Making of The Sunset Limited

Product Details

  • Directors: Tommy Lee Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (728 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KKZH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: DVD
"The Sunset Limited" is a theater lover's dream! This HBO production takes the brilliant Cormac McCarthy's existential treatise about life and faith and adapts it with precision to the small screen. If, however, you are NOT a theater fan and are coming into this film blindly--I do think it's quite important that you know what you're getting into. This is a two person dialogue--that's it! For just under ninety minutes, two men sit in a shabby one room apartment and discuss the philosophical nature of man's reality. With a heavy reliance on religion and man's obligation to one another, "The Sunset Limited" unfolds with a surprising urgency and even poetry. It might not sound like thrilling entertainment but McCarthy's words filtered through the estimable talents of Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel Jackson make this a can't miss proposition for adult viewers. It is for lovers of word and thought--and, indeed, it's not for everyone. But it is a great way to get a prestigious theater piece to an audience that might not otherwise have the opportunity of enjoying it.

So, for that, we've got to thank HBO (the undisputed leader in TV movie productions) and Tommy Lee Jones who also takes a producer and the directing credit for this intimate work. Set in Jackson's apartment, "The Sunset Limited" unravels in real time in the aftermath of an incident at the local train station. Jackson attempts to engage Jones in a discussion about what happened as well as keeping him safe from further harm. A former convict, Jackson's real life stories are filled with harrowing details and his redemption provides ample evidence of a greater good. Jones, an intellectual with a more pragmatic worldview, spars back with an elaborate cynicism.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Kuiper VINE VOICE on April 2, 2011
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Sunset Limited is a new HBO film that is located entirely in a dirty studio apartment in New York. Only two characters are presented in the film and their names are Black and White. One man, White, has decided that he is going to kill himself and the other is attempting to talk him out of it. Tommy Lee Jones plays White, the man who attempted to commit suicide by leaping into a train, and the character Black is played by Samuel L Jackson, who saved White from being hit by the train. The theme of the movie is Black trying to find out what is so bad that would make the intelligent character, White, end his life and how Black can keep White from trying to do it again as soon as he leaves the apartment.
The entire movie takes place inside Black's apartment as he tries to argue White into choosing life.

For 90 minutes they have a theological debate about God and their purpose on this earth. The debates are powerful and the conversations moving. Sunset limited makes up for the fact that it consists of no beautiful panoramic screen shots and channels all of its artistic energy into enhancing the script. The director chooses to set the scene with words of poetry rather than with colorful images. The decision to paint the movie through words rather than pictures is very rare and ends up adding a fantastic element to the Sunset Limited.

An incredibly dark tale but a very worthwhile film to watch.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Doug Monos on February 13, 2011
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I just watched The Sunset Limited last night. ABSOLUTELY one of the best movies/plays I have seen in the past 10 years. The quality of the acting and interacting, as well as movement and camera angles between Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson is great to see. The dialogue is fresh, real, and sensitive to both sides - hence, "Black" & "White."

The camera angles in the last few moments and the last phrase uttered by "Black" is powerfully and dramatically well done.

Doug Flor
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Darrin E. Cowger on September 19, 2011
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Wow, This is a very deep and intellectual film! I'm a minister, andI was so drawn in, so mesmerized by the dialogue and the intensity of Black and White. At first, I really thought that every person in the congregation I minister to should watch this film....... However, as I began to look further at reviews and what other's thought, I now think this film probably needs to be viewed with some caution. This could confuse some people and actually draw some folks into despair. Despair....... (WARNING: MY POST FROM HERE FORWARD CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!) that's ultimately the gospel White is preaching. There was a part of my soul that could identify and understand his points. I think most humans have felt those moments at times in their lives. But, there was one thing White said that really stood out to me. It was something I wish Black would have caught on to. He kept asking God for the words..... I have no idea, if this will be helpful to those of you who have posted on this, but this was my thought. White says, he wants the "peace of darkness." But, I don't believe there is ANY peace in darkness! Think about it, when you walk into a dark, unfamiliar room, the first thing you want to do is turn on a light! If not you may stub your toe, walk into a door, or worse someone or something could be lying in wait. Darkness does not provide peace! In truth, in provides more despair! So White was only going to go from despair to true despair! From darkness to eternal darkness. Of course this is my belief, and you are free to disagree with it. But I have definitely done my share of soul searching and in16 years of ministry have stared deep DARK DESPAIR in the face. And these words I tell you about darkness are not just what I think. But I believe it is the TRUTH.Read more ›
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