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From Hollywood's hottest new director comes the outrageous epic that throws the covers back on California's adult entertainment industry in the swinging seventies. It's a touching and often humorous portrait of a most unusual family of filmakers, brought
- 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Paul Thomas
- Cast and crew information
- Michael Penn music video "Try"
- Music from the film
- The John C. Reilly Files
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visually. This is brash, bold filmmaking, featuring amazing use of
music - both period songs and score.
Somehow this manages uses the world of porn film-making to examine
families, American politics in the 70s and 80s and all sorts of serious
themes while also being a flat out blast to watch. It was criticized a
bit on release for plagiarizing Scorsese, especially 'Goodfellas', but
to me this is homage in the best sense. Taking great work done by
others and building on it to create something new. Indeed, the
excitement I had on first seeing it reminded me of my first falling in
love with Scorsese's kinetic work as a young film fan many years ago.
The Blu-Ray looks terrific (although the DVD transfer was nothing to sneeze at),
and the extras are everything extras should be - fun, interesting,
informative. A film well worth owning.
Standout performances by Burt Reynolds in his comeback role as "Jack Horner," a director of adult films who sees them as something of an art form, and Julianne Moore as "Amber Waves," an adult film star, common-law wife of Jack Horner and mother-figure to the younger performers, earned them Academy Award nominations for Best Support Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Paul Thomas Anderson was himself nominated for Best Original screenplay. Reynolds won a Golden Globe award for his performance. Mark Wahlberg as "Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler,"John C. Reilly as "Reed Rothschild," Don Cheadle as "Buck Swope," and Heather Graham as "Rollergirl"--who takes off her clothes, but never her roller skates--all give noteworthy performances portraying a close-knit group of adult film stars. There are cameos by real-life adult film star Nina Hartley, as the promiscuous wife of Jack Horner's assistant director "Little Bill " portrayed by William H. Macy, and former adult film star Veronica Hart, as the judge who denies child custody and visitation rights to Amber Waves.
The plot of Boogie Nights is loosely-based on the career of deceased adult film star, John Holmes, portrayed in the film by Mark Wahlberg. A high school dropout in his late teens living at home with his parents, the Wahlberg character "Eddie Adams"is a very well-endowed young man initiated into the adult film business by Jack Horner and Amber Waves. Adopting the screen name "Dirk Diggler," Adams quickly becomes the leading man in "The Other Hollywood" of American adult films and things seem to be going well for the group. As the 1970s progress into the 1980s, however, cocaine use, unrealistic ambitions, and the stigma of being involved in the pornographic film business all take their toll on the group.
Boogies Nights is a good period-piece that does not glamourize the pornographic film industry. Sex is portrayed as the industry's salable commodity, and producing adult films as a money-making business. The adult film stars portrayed in Boogie Nights are physically attractive, but poorly educated and not very bright individuals. They enjoy the sex and obtain a certain degree of fame and a decent paycheck from working on pornographic films, which they probably would not otherwise have obtained. Drug use is rampant. Ultimately, the stigma of performing in pornographic films makes it a dead-end career move, not a stepping stone to mainstream Hollywood films but a stepping stone to nowhere.
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