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The Master (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (2012)

Philip Seymour Hoffman , Joaquin Phoenix , Paul Thomas Anderson  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (642 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Price Carson
  • Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Writers: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Twc
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (642 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008220DIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Master (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post-World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER unfolds the journey of a naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future–until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful
In an era when most studio movies are designed by consensus to appeal to the lowest common denominator, I have to acknowledge the true auteurs working within the system who are constructing distinctive and challenging projects. That said, I am an absolute nut for Paul Thomas Anderson and his previous film efforts. "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "There Will Be Blood" were all squarely on my favorites list in the respective years that they were released. "The Master," to my mind, was the can't miss proposition of the fall season. While embraced by critics and awarded three Oscar nominations for its performances, the experience probably connected more with my mind than with my heart. I'm thrilled that some people proclaim this a brilliant masterwork, but I'm not surprised by the negative reaction either. It's a difficult movie that defies expectations at every turn. I do credit Anderson with making his vision, in this case--it is not something that connected with me in that way that I had hoped.

When I first heard of "The Master," it was described as the first major film about Scientology that isn't really about Scientology. Set in the 1950's, the story brings together a charismatic intellectual (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and a troubled World War II veteran (Joaquin Phoenix). Hoffman is the leader of a new religious order (some may say cult) designed to provide spiritual guidance for those they deem lost. At first, Phoenix seems to welcome The Cause, as it is called, starting to fit in to the new movement. But the more he learns and experiences, the more conflicted he becomes. Is Hoffman a visionary or a charlatan? When the two men play off one another, the film crackles with vitality.
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230 of 270 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, yet polarizing January 17, 2013
I was blown away by this film. The psychological realism is very demented and disturbing. I can understand why many are turned off by it. I talked to one person who said they didn't like the movie because the main characters had no redeeming qualities. Well, that's why I like the movie. So to see the film as a masterpiece first requires one to have a certain taste, to have an appreciation of characters and drama that are not attractive. Yes, the characters are disgusting, evil people, played ridiculously well by the actors. Yes, the psychological drama is absurd and revolting. This is an extremely dark film, I'd say much darker than PTA's last outing. It delves deep into human psychology, especially qualities of fear, delusion, exploitation, and rage, uncharted territory that is not commonly explored in mainstream cinema. Most do not want to explore these qualities of humanness at such an intimate level, most go to the movies for escapism and do not find as much entertainment in such forced introspection. Anyway, this film is the best I've seen in a long time. I expect it will be talked about for ages, reevaluated throughout the years and shown to be a stunning portrait of the underbelly of Americana.
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178 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PT Anderson, an American Beckett September 22, 2012
This is a film about people searching desperately for a key to unlock the secrets of existence. And it focuses on two characters: one who can find no such key and one who convinces himself and others that he has found such a key. The former is Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) who we first meet on an unnamed beach in the South Pacific during the last days of WW11 and who we follow for some time as he unsuccessfully struggles to quell internal turmoil and establish some semblance of normalcy in post-War America; and the latter is Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who is also battling unnamed dragons but who seems to have found some form of inner peace as the leader of an order/cult that promises members that human perfection is achievable in this lifetime if members allow themselves to be unlocked by Lancaster Dodd's magic key (which he calls processing). When Quell stows away on Dodd's yacht the two seem to recognize some common quality in each other. Dodd takes an interest in Quell's curious life, and as Quell learns more about Dodd's methods so do we. Processing is essentially psychoanalytic questioning that seeks to help members identify and neutralize past traumas so that they can eliminate negativity from their present lives and achieve that hoped for perfection. Its psychoanalysis but its psychoanalysis with a difference, the difference being that members are encouraged not only to recall past experiences but also to recall past lives. A lot has been made of the fact that this philosophy is loosely based on L. Ron Hubbards Scientology, but the film is less interested in the specifics of the actual philosophy than in the need of its followers to believe in something. Read more ›
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Misunderstood Masterpiece May 3, 2013
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The Master is a purposefully non-traditional film that most people won't like. I happened to be one of those who loved it. If you go to this film expecting a traditional, three-act narrative structure, with likeable characters and/or characters who will eventually be redeemed, then you have come to the wrong movie. This is not a Hollywood, feel-good movie about the triumph of the human spirit. Instead, The Master is a groundbreaking film that you have to watch with an open mind. Ultimately, The Master is an incisive exploration of the eternal struggle between the spirit and the flesh. As the cult leader, Phillip Seymour Hoffman represents the realm of logic and the mind, of science and rationality. He approaches life analytically and always needs to be in control of his surroundings, and the people in his life. Jouquin Phoenix, on the other hand, represents the unchecked flow of primal, animal nature. This the the central conflict in The Master...between someone who constantly needs to be in control of his life, and someone else who resists all methods of control and repression. The reason why this film alienates so many people is because of its disquieting portrayal of human nature--in the world presented in The Master, no matter where we run to, we're always presented with the startling realization that in this life, there is no escape or redemption, there is only the constant struggle for power and domination. The only thing that separates us from the animals, Paul Thomas Anderson seems to be saying, is an ultimately futile desire to find a higher force to comfort us, but what if that higher force is using us for its own purposes? I believe this question is what The Master is ultimately exploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another Oddball MASTERpiece
It is such a rare pleasure in this age of drab-template motion-pictures to still have those few which not only flourish, but constantly expand in territory –whilst maintaining... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Big Smella
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Film With Fantastic Performances
I love this movie. This was the movie that made Joaquin Phoenix my favorite actor. If you want to watch an amazing movie then pick this one.
Published 6 days ago by B
3.0 out of 5 stars Like so many I thought the movie was going to be about Scientology
However, the plot involves the dealings of a so called seer (PSH) and his new found philosophy. Hoffman does an excellent job as the off based founder of this questionable cult. Read more
Published 7 days ago by gladysk
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluray review.
The stunning cinematography will leave you breathless. The movie itself takes two or three viewings to really grasp what the concept and feel of the movie is. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michael
2.0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointment
I just could not get into this movie. I am a PSH fan as well as a Joaquin Phoenix fan -- their performances in this film were stellar. Read more
Published 8 days ago by WillWork4Shoes
5.0 out of 5 stars As Expected
I saw the movie, and wanted the dvd. Having the dvd became more poignant with the passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Published 9 days ago by D. Spellman
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Creepy
I did not enjoy this movie. Joaquin Phoenix was so creepy, it was difficult to watch him . . . and he was in most every scene. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lori J Duchrow
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story, fine acting and well written...
I really enjoyed this picture. The acting by Phoenix and Seymour Hoffman was superb and as the film gradually progressed I began to empathize more and more for the characters. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Andrew K Rawls
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the View
the acting is great across the board. The movie is an interesting take on cults and one man's journey from Combat Stress to healing.
Published 15 days ago by Emma
1.0 out of 5 stars What a let down
With this cast, I had really high hopes for this one - and at several points I thought it was about to get interesting but no. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Graeme Brown
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