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Alfie (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)

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In this remake of the 1966 classic, Jude Law stars as Alfie, the quintessential Don Juan who is rather caught up in himself. Using his charm and a great smile, Alfie searches for beautiful women who will give him what he wants. Once they become too attached, he breaks their heart. This ideal bachelor lifestyle ends up unraveling and Alfie must learn to admit defeat and change his ways.

Special Features

  • 8 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by the Director and Editor
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Script, Production and Storyboard Galleries
  • 2 Commentaries

Product Details

  • Actors: Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon, Renée Taylor, Jane Krakowski
  • Directors: Charles Shyer
  • Writers: Charles Shyer, Elaine Pope, Bill Naughton
  • Producers: Charles Shyer, Diana Phillips, Elaine Pope, Sean Daniel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077BOFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alfie (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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By Michael J. Edelman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2007
Format: DVD
Jude Law is a fine actor and does his usual excellent job in this remake. If you've never seen the original you'd probably think it was a decent enough movie. But if you've seen the original, with Michael Caine, you'd be wondering why they bothered to make this in the first place- especially the butchered version that resulted.

Like a lot of latter day remakes, this is very much a prettified version of the original. All of Law's conquests have model good looks- as does Law himself, for that matter. He's also a good deal more refined, in accent and in manners, unlike Caine's rather crude Cockney. He moves about in beautiful surroundings. And that loses an essential element of the setting of the novel. Alfie did not live in a beautiful world, and his conquests were not necessarily beautiful women; in large part they were women whom someone else desired- and that was what compelled him to seduce them.

Caine's (and the novel's) Alfie exploited weak women; for whatever reason, the director, or perhaps the producers, decided this Alfie's conquests had to be modern, strong women who use him as much as he uses them. That of course makes Alfie a good deal less of a cad; Jude Law's Alfie is not leaving behind the wrecked lives that Caine's did, and he becomes almost sympathetic at one point- a sentiment completely absent in the book and the original movie.

In the end, this version misses the essential Alfie- his inability to recognize flaws in himself, even as he rationalizes his actions and convinces himself that he's doing the right thing. The result is a shallow character study completely lacking the depth and impact of the original.
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I had only seen Jude Law in two films prior to this one and was instantly intrigued by this sexy Brit. If you're expecting a romantic comedy, you're out of luck with this one but it's still a decent movie.

Alfie's a smooth talking Londoner in New York who does his very best to avoid succumbing to the dreaded 'c' word commitment. Along the way, we're introduced to some of his ladies on the go - Dorie, Julie, Liz and Nikki, to name but a few.

Alfie, a chauffeur, lives in a small Manhattan apartment and dedicates his life to seducing women. Talking directly into the camera, and preening with a self-satisfaction so complete as to seem a form of innocence, he expounds on clothes, the proper application of cologne and the various rules he employs in his libidinous pursuits. His goal, it seems, is to have sex with as many women as possible but to get close to none of them.

Each one starts off as a fling, but somehow manages to influence Alfie's life. He slowly starts to realize that he is actually alone and that there is more to life than what he has done so far.

Would I recommend it? Definitely. Although remakes do not usually come through smelling of roses, this one does. It's fresh, colourful and funny. Jude Law is magnificent, introducing us to a slightly warmer side of Alfie than Michael Caine.
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Acting by the entire cast was damn good. What kept this from being a keeper in my DVD collection was the script-Character conversations are a bit trite, exhibiting all the back-n-forth verbal luster of a 1950's dime store novel. Law starts out a bit rocky, perhaps owing to the "talking directly to the camera" point of view, but this soon becomes more than bearable as the film progresses- It just takes a bit of getting used to. The biggest fault in Alfie's world is his "what could have been" paranoia in relationships, always believing there is someone better out there beyond the time he spends with his current (sometimes multiple) love interests. But, at least his character goes through a progression: starting out with a carefree attitude with women, eventually mounting into a man with a bit of depth and understanding , and ultimately realizing the true importance of loving....At least I think that's where the movie was going.
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The fall of 2004 is the year of Jude Law, and this is only movie three. After "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," and "I Heart Huckabees," we are able to see a darker side of his acting with "Alfie," which is actually miss billed. If you watch the trailers and television ads for "Alfie," you would think that it is a light romantic comedy, but it is anything but. Alfie has a very dark side to him, and this movie leans towards a darker side about thirty minutes in, and that's when Alfie becomes such a complicated character to play. It seems that Alfie has the perfect life, until one moment when he is only followed by bad luck, and his entire life begins to unravel. "Alfie" is a remake of movie that I never saw, a movie with Michael Caine, and I'm sure that the original is much better, but this movie is really worth checking out. I was never bored by this movie, and Jude Law did give another great preformance. About 80% of the movie is actually told from the point of view of Alfie, as he speaks to us from the camera. He is always telling us what he does, what kind of life he leads, and how he feels about certain things, and at sometimes it's almost as if he is convincing us, and himself, that what is doing is ok.

At the beginning of "Alfie," we meet Alfie and it seems that he leads the perfect life. He is the kind of guy who is never with a women for a very long time, and after he uses them for what he wants, he never calls, or makes up some kind of story to never see them again. He is trying to tell guys that he could get whatever he wants, and he tries to tell the girls that he is preforming a service for them, because he helps them get back on track if they are unhappy, or something like that.
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