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Lonely Hearts [Blu-ray]

3.8 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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Japanese only Blu-Ray Region All pressing. Martha Beck (Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Leto) were America s notorious 'Lonely Heart Killers.' Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their proposal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Ironically, Ray s initial introduction to Martha was a prospective mark. But when they met, it was love at first sight, perhaps as a result of their passion for hot-blooded sex and cold-blooded murder. With Martha posing as Ray s sister, they swindled elderly spinsters and widows of their savings then viciously murdered them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. Raymond and Martha believe they re literally getting away with murder until homicide detectives Elmer C. Robinson (Travolta) and Charles Hildebrandt (Gandolfini) pick up their scent.

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Anamorphic (16:9 1080p Hi-Def) Widescreen (2.35:1) Version
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 & Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Audio Options
Optional English and Japanese subtitles
Making-of Featurette --Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Scott Caan
  • Directors: Todd Robinson
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Japanese, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: MSI:SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00140FAQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 5, 2007
Format: DVD
Lonely Hearts is lifted above the average crime thriller through the excellent performances by the cast. The movie alternates between the detectives who are on the trail of the Lonely Hearts killers, played credibly by John Travolta & James Gandolfini, and the bloody spree of the killers' Martha Beck [Salma Hayek], and Fernandez [Jared Leto].

The detectives are well-played with a sub-plot involving John Travolta's character grappling with the case as well as his own personal problems [having to do with his strained relationship with his son, as well as his affair with a colleague played by Laura Dern]. However, the real action and drama comes from the performances by Salma Hayek, and Jared Leto as the cold-blooded killers. Hayek's performance is especially riveting, and her Martha Beck comes across as unflinchingly evil whilst besotted with her lover.The portrayal of the killers in this movie though well-acted, is not an altogether accurate portrayal of the real-life criminals [the real Beck was obese, not a sultry temptress as embodied by Hayek].

On the whole however, this is an eminently watchable crime thriller with credible performances all-around. A worthwhile addition to the genre.
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This film disappeared from the theatres so quickly most people never heard of it. It deserves your attention. If only to watch Selma give you a glimpse of madness. Kinky done well.
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LONELY HEARTS tries very hard to evoke the feeling of the 1940s and the troubled police officer whose wife's suicide haunts him until he finds revenge in the investigation of a pair of lonely hearts scam artists. But what happens for the most part is a story that looks, sounds and fells like a 1940s crime movie - 3 parts celluloid transfer, 1 part story.

John Travolta and James Gandolfini play buddy homicide detectives who overcome the ennui of their job when they begin to investigate the multiple murders of 'lonely women' who fall prey to snappy con artist men.
The pair they are chasing are Ray Fernandez (Jared Leto) and his partner in crime Martha Beck (Salma Hayek), a diabolical couple who find their victims through the personal ads and then fleece then murder them victims in heinous ways. Todd Robinson wrote and directed the film based on his grandfather's experience - Elmer C. Robinson (Travolta) - and it is this bit of personal touch that makes the sluggish story work. The capable supporting cast includes such solid actors as Laura Dern and Scott Cain with fine cameos by Alice Krige and Dagmara Dominczyk, playing victims.

Hayek and Leto muster a chemistry on the screen that, while strange in type, allows the viewer to understand the motivation of the crimes. It is a solid cast and a good story: it just seems more derivative of old movies than a film with original thought. Grady Harp, August 07
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Director Robinson remade the movie "Lonely Hearts" because Detective Elmer Robinson was his grandfather. He wanted to explore the many faceted sacrifices that the police endure witnessing a lifetime of criminal behavior and more importantly, the strain put on their families. Detective Robinson solved the Lonely Hearts murder(s) case, but with a huge price. It's a fine movie and deserved full distribution. Salma Hayak deserves an Oscar nomination.
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This movie was based on a true story and was so awful I gave the movie away. Very depressing and the actors were fine, but the story was gut wrenching and out- right horrifying about a couple of cold blooded killers who ended up on a killing spree from New York state traveling all the way to Michigan. The movie had wonderful actors in it; however the subject matter was far too gruesome. I love true crime stories, but not to that extent!
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Good Film and good performances by two we know well, one now gone. Great cast overall. This is the second time we watched it and movies are never as impressive on a second viewing but we still enjoyed the performances again! The ending is the best part and in my opinion would go a long way to curbing today's out of control crime! Just sayin'!!

Watch it and see if you agree with me!!
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This is a star studded cast of a remake of a previous film. Much of the story is true except the role of the murderess is played by Selma Hayek, not an obese older woman. John Travolta, plays Elmer Robinson, the lead detective based in Long Island. His partner, Charles Hilterbrandt, played by James Gandolfini. Raymond Martin Fernandz played by Jared Leto, and Scott Caan plays the smart a**** junior detective. It was directed by Todd Robinson, the grandson of the lead detective, Elmer.

Why, this escaped the theatre so soon in 2097 is a mystery to me. This is a film of the early 1950's. A couple are preying on lonely women, stealing their money, and then murdering the women, trying to make it look like suicide. They might have succeeded if not for Elmer Robinson's great intuit, and the killing if a policeman in the mid-west. This is a good detective film Travolta and Gandolfini have good chemistry. Travolta has an interesting personal story that plays into this film, well. However, it is Jared Leto and Selma Hayek who steal the film. They are riveting when they are in the screen. Well done.

Recommended. prisrob 08-04-14
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