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W. [Blu-ray] (2008)

Josh Brolin , Elizabeth Banks , Oliver Stone  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks, Toby Jones
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Stanley Weiser
  • Producers: Albert Yeung, Bill Block, Christopher Mapp, David Whealy, Elliot Ferwerda
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVWFAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "W. [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Oliver Stone’s W. is similar to his other movies about American presidents (JFK, Nixon), which is to say these films are much more about Stone’s imagined versions of reported events than they are alleged reenactments. As such, W. is Stone’s case for what he sees as the absurdity of George W. Bush’s ascendance to the White House and especially the arrogant blunder of the Iraq War. Josh Brolin is very good as the miscreant son of George H. W. Bush (James Cromwell), Vice President to Ronald Reagan and 41st president of the United States. Adrift in a sea of booze and squandered opportunities, the younger Bush is largely driven by a need for his disapproving father’s love and respect, which never truly arrives. Becoming a hatchet man for Bush Sr.’s administration, “W” (as his wife, Laura--played by Elizabeth Banks--call him) meets Karl Rove (Toby Jones) and heads toward the Texas governorship, despite his father’s preference that the more golden son, Jeb, get all the family’s support in his Florida gubernatorial bid.

Told in broken chronology, W. focuses on Bush’s post-9/11 path to waging a “preventive war” in Iraq despite no hard evidence of weapons of mass destruction to justify it. The major players in W’s administration--Rove, Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright), Condoleeza Rice (Thandie Newton), and especially Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss)--all participate in closed meetings that look and sound like every investigative account by the New York Times or Bob Woodward about the administration’s inner workings leading up to the war. Much of this is quite fascinating if a little weird (Newton’s performance is indeed strange), but the drama is often powerful, particularly around Powell’s resistance to the rising tide for a supposedly slam-dunk war. A number of the film’s key performances, besides Brolin’s, are very strong, especially Cromwell, Jones, Wright, Dreyfuss and Bruce McGill as George Tenet. --Tom Keogh

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Product Description

Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone brings the life of our 43rd President to the big screen as only he can. W takes viewers through Bush's eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

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49 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
To be honest, I am a liberal who went to this movie expecting to see a funny parody of George W. Bush along the lines of a Michael Moore film. While I did laugh at times during the film, I left the movie feeling strangely sympathetic towards poor W. Stone plays it surprisingly straight, presenting Bush as the kid who had trouble finding his way as a grown-up. The main focus here is on Bush's relationship with his father, particularly his efforts to constantly try to please George the elder and falling short, especially when compared with his brother Jeb. Stone effectively weaves in flashblacks from Bush's college and early adult years with his first term as President. Some major events, including the 2000 election and September 11th, are given almost no attention, but again, that's not the main focus of the film.

The movie is superbly cast. Josh Brolin does an amazing job as W.; he manages to capture Bush's mannerisms in a portrayal that is uncannily accurate without becoming a caricature. Then there's James Cromwell, who looks and sounds nothing like George Bush senior but somehow manages to depict the former President perfectly just the same. Most of the other supporting roles are excellent as well, from Richard Dreyfuss as Cheney to Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell; the one exception was Thandie Newton's Condoleezza Rice, who DID feel more like a caricature.

No matter which side of the aisle you find yourself on, this is an engrossing movie with the potential to appeal to many different types of people, and I definitely recommend it.
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97 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Place Do You Think He Will Have in History? October 17, 2008
Format:DVD
Oliver Stone's "W." is one of the year's most absorbing films, and that's because, as the tagline suggests, it reveals that George W. Bush has been greatly misunderestimated. Watching this film, we see not the forty-third President of the United States, the former Governor of Texas, or even a politician in general. From my perspective, we're being told about an insecure man who reaches too far in an attempt to earn his father's approval. This movie is not a political commentary--it's a character study. Better still, it's a character study that's more or less historically accurate, with Stone and writer Stanley Weisner relying on published works and in-depth reports for the screenplay. Liberties were obviously taken; after all, there's no way anyone could know exactly what was said behind closed doors. But all the basic scenarios are well documented, which is to say that the film never once felt contrived. The end result is a compelling, complex, and occasionally funny examination of a person who always has something to prove.

Josh Brolin is perfectly cast as the title character, flawlessly capturing the mannerisms and diction we've become so familiar with over the last eight years. We see him as a determined but incompetent man who claws his way up to the presidency without the necessary skills. Pay close attention to scenes featuring W. in staff meetings; it quickly becomes clear that political heavyweights like Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss), Karl Rove (Toby Jones), Condoleeza Rice (Thandie Newton), Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright), and even the infuriated Donald Rumsfeld (Scott Glenn) are making all the important decisions. As for W., well, let us not forget that the real President Bush publicly declared that his faith in God influenced his foreign policy decisions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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W" a new film by noted left-leaning director Oliver Stone, ( JFK - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition); Nixon - The Election Year Edition; Born on the Fourth of July (Special Edition); Salvador (Special Edition)) is the first semi-autobiographical film to be made about a sitting United States President: George W. Bush, of course. With careful attention to timing, it reaches theaters as the 2008 U.S. Presidential race is in its hot, final, attention-hogging days. Now, anybody who knows Stone's characteristic previous work might well expect an incendiary, one-sided, unsubstantiated, hostile, even paranoid view of our 43d President. However, Stone has here delivered a rather fair, unprejudiced view, one that even encourages a certain amount of sympathy for the movie's protagonist.

Stone has used a star-laden cast to tell this story. James Brolin, fresh off his triumph in No Country for Old Men, delivers a strong, nuanced performance as the title character; as in "No Country," he plays another Texan, this time one by choice. James Cromwell is outstanding as "Poppy," our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush; Ellen Burstyn does well as our former First Lady, W's mom, Barbara Bush. Richard Dreyfuss does a remarkable turn as Vice President Dick Cheney. Scott Glenn is Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Ioan Griffith is British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This movie is pretty good. It focuses more on W's early life than his Presidency. Having read several books about his life, I feel like a lot was left out.
Published 8 days ago by Emily Fleck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny video.
Very funny, just as I knew it would be and also right on the mark about George W Bush and I am sure he must have enjoyed it as well.
Published 18 days ago by 1streetlawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars average
It's an okay movie. Nothing really compelling about it. Great insight into the Bush administration though. Kinda cheesy at times
Published 1 month ago by eugene lwesanya
1.0 out of 5 stars Liberal Fantasy
This hatchet-job is much more interested in a cartoonish characterization of the 43rd president, than it is a realistic biography of a president. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for Beatle fans
Great movie and I even have more respect for John Lennon and Yoko. I wouldn't say I have less respect for our government :) but they do some Crazy things.
Published 1 month ago by Glenn Brody
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to be kidding me
I grew up in a foreign country where people had the strong suspicion that the president of the united states was possibly not entirely human. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barnaby C. Beech
4.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good.
I was expecting a political comedy and Josh Brolin does a good job. It was not really a funny comedy, however, it was a fairly well done biographical clip of Bush. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hawkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Haven't received this item yet. Have seen the movie in the past....twas informative and puts in a new perspective. Totally Enjoyed.
Published 4 months ago by Charley
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise God for George Bush
I thought it was a pretty good movie not sure how accurate it is, but I really like George Bush and his family. I think he was one of our greatest Presidents with a capital P. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Faye Emily Risher
5.0 out of 5 stars VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE BY BROLIN & TRENCHANT CRITIQUE OF A FLAWED...
Excellent performance by Brolin, who "morphed" into W. with panache. An insightful as well as frightening view of our former President. I wonder what he thought of it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by birdie mama
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