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Wonderland (2003)

Val Kilmer , Kate Bosworth , James Cox  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Kudrow, Josh Lucas, Dylan McDermott
  • Directors: James Cox
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS4L6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal murders - both involving legendary porn actor John Holmes. You're about to experience both versions.

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Wadd February 12, 2004
This film gives you two points of view of the Wonderland murders. One from Dylan McDermott and one from Val Kilmer (as John Holmes). I think the sheer brutality of these murders are enough to captivate, but the film basically goes nowhere. You don't learn anything about Holmes other than the fact that's he's a major drug addict. The film has nothing to do with porn or sex. It's a true crime movie that just never really gets off the ground. The second disc is a documentary on Holmes himself. That is the better disc. It gives you an in-depth look at the life of a guy with a practical-joke sized piece of anatomy. This documentary is far more interesting than the film Wonderland.
There is a 25 minute crime scene police video included as well. It is as graphic as graphic gets. The bodies are still there as the police carefully document the bloody scene. I assume it's there for shock value. Don't let your kids anywhere near this.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you get the 2-disc set!!!! February 2, 2005
There are two different releases of this out there. One is the movie (with, I think, a few extras) on one disc; the other is a two-disc set which includes the documentary "Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes". Watch the documentary FIRST, as "Wonderland" will make a lot more sense and be ten times more enjoyable if you do. That said, "Wonderland" is a fantastic, gritty film that I can count as one of my all-time favorites! Val Kilmer is so good as porn star John Holmes, you won't believe it. Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Dylan McDermott, and EVERYONE in the cast is outstanding! Watch for a cameo by Paris Hilton as well. Everyone chews the scenery in this realistic film that went unnoticed in theatres but is becoming a cult classic thanks to the magic of DVD! I can't recommend it any more highly!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable package for Wonderland aficionados July 5, 2005
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I felt that this movie was unfairly bashed by newspaper critics. I got the impression that none dared venture anything positive once a consensus had been established.

I was so curious about this affair after reading the Rolling Stone article years ago that I saw this movie when it was first released in theaters; I wanted to see if it corroborated the article. So did it? That's the movie: two different versions of the heist are presented --John Holmes' and David Lind's. It's one thing to hear a story, but something else to see it enacted. John Holmes' version was amusing to see enacted because it made his lies obvious; some things could not have happened as he told them (ridiculous) and the audience laughed on those. Toward the end is a chilling Roman holiday of a murder scene that I believe, all things considered, is as close to the truth as we will come. For example, I believe it was Deverell who answered the door, and I am convinced that Holmes was there and probably coerced into participating in order to implicate him and thus prevent him from turning against Eddie again by testifying.

This two-disc set also includes omitted scenes, a Crime TV segment, and telling interviews with Sharon Holmes, Dawn Schiller, and people who knew Holmes from "the industry." There are photos taken of the victims when they were alive which I found very interesting, just to see what they looked like. The LAPD crime scene video was not as hard to take as I had expected, mostly due to the then-poor quality of video tape (it has come a long way since 1981 and this will jog your memory); three of the four just look like they're sleeping except that their hair is caked with blood. There are also interviews with some of the actors. I didn't know who Josh Lucas was before seeing this; his performance was outstanding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drugs, quadruple murder and a porn star August 26, 2004
I appreciate the guts of the producers of WONDERLAND to bankroll this movie, since it is not the kind of mainstream stuff Hollywood usually finances these days. Almost all of the characters are sleazy scumbags, drug addicts and criminals. The main character is porn's first superstar John C. HOLMES (convincingly played by Val KILMER)at the end of his career, a pathetic loser, manipulative, pimping his young girlfriend and due to his drug habits hanging out with the wrong guys.

It is a bit tricky to give a brief plot synopsis for this one without giving too much away, but I'll try it anyway.

WONDERLAND is a true crime story about the horrifying murders that occured on July 1st, 1981 in a house on Wonderland avenue in LA and left four people dead and one woman seriously injured. The victims were beaten to death with lead pipes. One of the residents, who was not present at the time the killings occurred, turns himself in to the police and tells the cops a story involving drugs, the robbery of a nightclub owner named Eddie NASH (terrific performance by Eric BOGOSIAN) and XXX movie star John C. HOLMES. Questioned by the cops, HOLMES gives his version of the story. Needless to say it is very different...

I won't tell more about the plot, just add that it is terrific.

All actors deliver powerhouse performances. Aside from KILMER and BOGOSIAN, I particularly liked Josh LUCAS as criminal Ron LAUNIUS. The movie is also exceptionally well shot. I also like to give kudos to the scriptwriters for their efforts.

The DVD also has great extra features. There are some brief interviews with actors Val KILMER, Josh LUCAS, Eric BOGOSIAN and Tim BLAKE-NELSON. There are seven brief deleted scenes, but none would have added much to the film had they been included.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating (True) Story Of ...
The Wonderland murders involving, in one capacity or another, John Holmes aka The King Of Porn. I remember this taking place back then, in the summer of 1981. Read more
Published 11 days ago by WHF
3.0 out of 5 stars Annnnhhhh
Its ok. Very violent, bloody, convoluted, very hazy and difficult to follow. Perhaps this is to be immersed in the trippy, drug world, but its still challenging to follow. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Juniorsuki
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderland - DVD
Product arrived early and in great condition! Have not actually viewed this copy of the movie but I have already seen this movie and it is a fairly good movie overall!
Published 1 month ago by Jimmy C.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie!!!
holy crap this is a good movie! had never heard of and don't know why. I've recommended this movie to everyone I talk to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rodd Van De Wark
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Holmes...the porn star you thought you knew.
Interesting movie. Val Kilmer-knocks it out of the park playing Jim Morrison in "The Doors," he does it again in Wonderland. Who knew he was involved in multiple murders. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph C. Martinak
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderland rocks
Eexcellent play back and wonderful condition. Thank you very much for the excellent film, it has been added to my movie favorites
Published 2 months ago by Lakesha Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderland
They could not have picked a better cast for this movie. It is hard to believe that people could be so cruel, thoughtless and just plain mean. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Jarman
5.0 out of 5 stars Hella good shocking story.... fascinating to watch, glad not to be...
This was a fascinating story about people I never want to know.... there was a lot more drugs and violence than there was sex and everything made sense. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lollie Dot Com
2.0 out of 5 stars How the mighty have fallen...
Val Kilmer was awesome in 'Top Gun' and 'Willow' many moons ago, but to stoop to this kind of half-baked uneven film making, gives a clue as to his more recent job offerings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tommy Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
Great movie. Hard to find a copy of it anywhere online. So glad it was on amazon streaming. It was a hit with my house guests too.
Published 3 months ago by Salim
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