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The Crying Game (Collector's Edition)

4.1 out of 5 stars 343 customer reviews

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The Crying Game (Collector's Ed

Special Features

  • Alternate ending with director commetary
  • Northern troubles featurette
  • The making of "The Crying Game: Irish Luck, English Love, The Marketing of of an American Independent and Discussing "The Crying Game"
  • MOdern Day at Madame Jojo's
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Adrian Dunbar
  • Directors: Neil Jordan, Susan Ricketts
  • Writers: Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Elizabeth Karlsen, Kate Nayberg, Nik Powell, Paul Cowan, Peter Morgan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FO9BK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Crying Game (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
"When I was a child I thought as a child, when I became a man I gave up childish things." The words of the captive(Stephen Rea) to his prisoner(Forrest Wittikar) the night before he has to shoot him. He has (unwisely) formed a human bond with his prisoner, and its easy to see way, because Jodi as played by Whittikar is a lovable, open hearted and kind man. Even though he is only in the movie for 20 about minutes, Whittikars performance haunts the rest of the film, we come to understand more of his character once we meet the love of his life he left behind, Dill(Jaye Davidson). Caught between the two is Stephen Rea's Fergues, who with those soulful heart broken eyes of his, discovers the gift and troubles Jodi has left him by telling him about his girlfriend. When Dill sings the crying game in the pub, we can feel real pain in "I know all there is to know about the crying game" because she like Fergues (who's lost his faith in the cause he's fighting for)and Jodi are very lonely people. This is a truly beautiful and original film, its tone is rather sad because Fergues's past will defintely come back to claim him and we know this, but it deserves to be owned not just watched because like the best of movies its impact is not lessened on repeated viewings. Jodi's character gains that much more poignance once we know about Dill, therefore when you watch the movie again, the opening scenes are that much more powerful. Finally I have to mention the great muusical score and an unforgettable story told by Jodi and then by Fergues about the frog and the scorpion that bookends the film. The Crying Game is a great film.
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By A Customer on September 6, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Much was made over a single plot twist when this film was originally released-- a plot twist so widely discussed that the film became something of an international sensation on the basis of that single point alone. This was unfortunate, for The Crying Game has much, much more to recommend itself than a single plot twist alone. Aside from the masterpieces of Hitchcock, I can think of no other film which so completely defeats viewer expectations at every turn.
Much of this effect is due to a remarkable script, which is by turns direct and subtle and repeatedly leads viewers into an "Oh, I get it!" frame of mind-- only to explode any preconception the viewer may have developed. What at first seems one type of film suddenly seems another, leading one from a date at the fair to a terrorist kidnapping to a love story to an assasination plot. Most remarkable of all, the script actually carries it off, pulling you effortlessly from one context to another with never a bump in the road. One really has to see the film more than once appreciate it's complexity.
The script is abetted by amazing camera work, which like the script itself astonishes with a mix of beauty and gritty realism. The performers are top-flight, and the characters have a depth which is generally lacking from most motion pictures. Like them or not, they are singularly believeable, and their reality creates a certain sense of inevitablity in the events which unfold around them. While all the performers are excellent, Miranda Richardson is a standout.
The Crying Game will not be every one's movie; it is an intellectual's game which requires a mature attitude and an open mind. But like it or not, it is a remarkable film which will probably out-live the more popular but considerably less powerful films of the decade.
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Format: DVD
Still an amazing film over a decade later, The Crying Game continues to resonate with power due to its themes of obsession and redemption. Jordan's film plays tricks with its twisting plot structure and change in tone similar to its inspiration Vertigo. Stephen Rea plays Fergus a gunman for the IRA who helps take a soldier named Jody (Forest Whittaker) hostage. They plan on trading him for a senior member of the IRA being taken by the British. Fergus later becomes obsessed with Jody's girlfriend Dil (Jay Davidson) a hairdresser by day who performs in a bar in the evenings lip synching her favorite songs. Fergus begins to fall in love with Dil. Is it guilt that drives him into her arms? He's not sure. Suddenly, Fergus and Jude are thrust into the middle of the conflict between the IRA and the British. Fergus gets sucked into Jody's life and becomes obssessed with helping Dil and seeing more about the life of the man he kidnapped.

The plot is far more complex than the synopsis I've given. If you haven't seen the film (or heard about it), do yourself a favor to read as little about the plot as possible. While the surprises in the plot don't define the film's quality, they do involve the viewer in the story. So keep it simple and just rent the movie (or buy it if you've seen it before). With strong performances from Rea as the world weary Fergus, Richardson as the aggressive and hateful Jude, Whitaker as Jody and Davidson as Dil, The Crying Game demonstrates Jordan's uncanny skills as a storyteller and film director. The fact that it wasn't recognized with only an Oscar for writing is a crime considering what was released the same year.

With a crisp, clear image The Crying Game looks particularly good in this DVD transfer.
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