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Mystic River (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)

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Product Description

Mystic River tells the story of three men whose dark, interwoven history forces them to come to terms with a brutal murder on the mean streets of Boston. When one of their daughters is brutally killed, one of the men suffers, while another investigates the case that seems to pointing to their third friend. All three men must confront their personal demons and a tragic childhood experience to make sense of their present pain and suffering.

Additional Features

There's two extra discs plus a commentary track on this deluxe set. One disc is the same CD soundtrack of Clint Eastwood's moody score. The two featurettes--about 40 minutes--have interview bits from all the major talents, including Sean Penn succulently telling us why he doesn't like doing interviews. All the actors speak about what Eastwood calls "good old-fashioned ensemble acting" and author Dennis Lehane and screenwriter Brian Helgeland delve into their inspirations. The bulk of the second disc is two hours of interviews from The Charlie Rose Show with (separately) Eastwood, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon. They often go off on other tangents such as Eastwood's early career and Robbins's political activism. Robbins and Bacon team up for the commentary track, and even though it would have been nice to have the writers or director, the two actors give a solid deconstruction of what's so special about an Eastwood set and how that shows up onscreen. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Commentary by actors Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
  • "Beneath the Surface" - featurette with cast and crew interviews
  • "From Page to Screen" - making of the film featurette
  • Selections from "The Charlie Rose Show" - full-length interviews with Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
  • Two trailers
  • Complete CD soundtrack

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum, Laura Linney
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland, Dennis Lehane
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Bruce Berman, Judie Hoyt, Robert Lorenz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (970 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZX0PG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystic River (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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I watched this last night. This movie made me feel like I had been beaten up and left on the sidewalk to crawl home. But, I'm not saying it was a bad film. Eastwood has hit home runs in the last several outings and he has aged his talents to a finely honed formula that rarely dissappoints. I am not familiar with the book that this is based on and frankly I don't want to know: the movie was upsetting enough.

A good drama should move you, should make you feel shaken and this film delivers. The script is very good, the actors all excellent. While the film seems to linger just a wee bit too long at the end, it caps off the story without leaving anything unsaid. Having said this, it also does not tie up every single loose end; we are left to figure it out for ourselves and the ambiguity that this invokes is acceptable.

Sean Penn gives a tremendous performance that is worthy of all the accolades. Following close to him is the evocative and always disturbing impressions we see in Tim Robbins' character. The themes of this film are nasty and not for the weak of heart or constitution. While it is not pleasant these things do happen and the story is told in a believable way.

While I am a big fan of all the main actors and of Eastwoods movies in general, the depth of pain this film oozes just makes me glad I watched it once and I think I'll take a very long rain check on seeing it again; at least for quite a while. Angst like this is taken in small doses. On the other hand, acting at this level rarely happens by such a stellar cast and in such a well orchestrated manner.
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Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's wrenching best-seller, "Mystic River," is a remarkable achievement. Having read the book shortly before seeing the movie, I was impressed with Eastwood's faithfulness to the letter and spirit of Lehane's story.
Sean Penn plays Jimmy Markham (Marcus in the book), a small time hood who did a stint in prison almost two decades earlier. Jimmy now owns a grocery store, is a loving family man, and seems to have given up his criminal ways. As a child, Jimmy was a close friend of Sean Devine, who grew up to become a homicide detective, and Dave Boyle, played by the wonderful Tim Robbins. Boyle endured a terrible trauma as a child, and he is tortured by horrifying thoughts that he can never escape. When Jimmy's nineteen-year-old daughter, Katie, is found brutally murdered, Sean investigates with his partner, played by Laurence Fishburne, and the lives of the three old friends intersect once again.
The stellar cast of "Mystic River" is amazingly effective. Each actor completely inhabits his or her character. Sean Penn's performance is brutal and heart-rending, and Tim Robbins convincingly plays a man on the brink of madness. Supporting these fine actors are Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden, as Jimmy's and Dave's wives.
Eastwood wisely shot his film on the streets of Boston, and Tom Stern's atmospheric and skillful cinematography contribute to the film's realistic and dramatic look. "Mystic River" is a powerful drama about how desperate people react when they are under tremendous emotional pressure. This mythic tragedy proves Faulkner's dictum, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." The mistakes we make and the injuries that we suffer are always with us in one way or another. Kudos to Eastwood and his fine cast and crew on making an exceptional film.
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Adapted from Dennis Lehane's critically acclaimed novel, Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" is a masterful achievement. It does nothing less than elevate contemporary working-class Boston into the realm of Shakespearean tragedy. The film is superbly crafted by screenwriter Brian Helgeland and may turn out to be Clint Eastwood's crowning masterpiece as a director. It also helps that Eastwood has assembled one of the finest ensemble casts in years to act out this deep, gripping story. When you have Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney in the same movie, there isn't a lot that can go wrong. And very little does.

"Mystic River" is the story of three men and the past events that haunt them in adulthood. Jimmy (Penn), Sean (Bacon), and Dave (Robbins) were friends when they were children, until one day Dave is abducted by two men pretending to be police officers. They sexually abuse him and he manages to escape four days later. The story then shifts to the present day, where the three have grown apart from one another. Then the murder of Jimmy's nineteen year old daughter brings them back together.

Sean Penn gives a furious, impressive performance here, for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor. His Jimmy Markham is toughened by the prison time he has done, but will do anything to protect his wife and children. Although there are moments when Penn seems to be showing off how good of an actor he is and going slightly overboard, there is an intensity in his characterization that is mesmerizing. The scenes where Jimmy mourns his murdered daughter are some of the most moving depictions of grief I have ever seen on film.

As the severely disturbed Dave Boyle, Tim Robbins gives the performance of his career.
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