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From the director of Apocalypse Now and The Godfather comes a different kind of love story...

Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola shines his spotlight on a Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) whose break-up on the 4th of July leads them both to a night on the strip in pursuit of their romantic fantasies (Raul Julia, Nastassia Kinski). But in this town of gamblers and dreamers, should they bet it all on dreams, or give true love another roll of the dice? Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar® nominated music of the one and only Tom Waits, this neon explosion of color, sound and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers.

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One of the most famous productions of its time, Francis Coppola's One from the Heart is a "little movie" that grew into a gigantic, studio-bankrupting behemoth. Entirely shot on glorious sets in Coppola's Zoetrope studio, the teeny story follows a bickering Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr and Frederic Forrest) during a night's madness with others. It would be nice to recommend the film to romantics, or movie-musical mavens, but really this film is for the technologically minded: it's a flashy display of camera trickery and painted sets (anticipating Moulin Rouge). Alas, the techno-dazzle is somewhat at odds with the clunky performances and choppy editorial flow... and it has all the warmth of neon. Since its initial botched release, the film has developed a small but devoted following, in part because of the terrific song score by Tom Waits (sung by Waits and Crystal Gayle). It should be seen, not least as a case study in bravado. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Deluxe 2-Disc DVD Special Edition packed with over 6 Hours of bonus materials!
  • Disc One:
  • Stunning new high-definition transfer in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, supervised by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
  • Feature-length audio commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola
  • Soundtrack remixed and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound from the original Tom Waits studio sessions
  • Disc Two:
  • The Dream Studio (2003): An inside look at the revolutionary Zoetrope Studios Hollywood launched by Francis Ford Coppola in 1980
  • The Electronic Cinema (2003) reveals the truly groundbreaking ideas and the many innovations and inventions that were tried at Zoetrope Studios for first time and have since become the model for all modern filmmaking
  • Tom Waits and the Music of One From The Heart (2003) An intimate portrait of the legendary singer/songwriter following his journey as he composes the words and music for Francis Coppola's movie musical
  • The Making of One From The Heart (1982): A fascinating look at the film and the filmmakers, made during filming in 1981
  • Exclusive, previously unreleased demo recordings and alternate takes of Tom Waits' music in CD quality 24-bit PCM stereo
  • Deleted and alternate scenes
  • Videotaped rehearsals
  • Photo Gallery
  • Rare footage from the Zoetrope vaults
  • And more!

Product Details

  • Actors: Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski, Lainie Kazan
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Armyan Bernstein, Luana Anders
  • Producers: Armyan Bernstein, Bernard Gersten, Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Fantoma / American Zoetrope
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YRL8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One From the Heart" on IMDb

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I just saw this at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, where probably the worst dog of a movie would seem great, but this was very enjoyable. I loved this movie when it came out in 1982 or thereabouts and could never figure out why critics blasted it so unfairly. Coppola had worked himself into a persona non grata in Hollywood; the critics were mouthing that hatred--that's all I could figure.
Seeing it now, this would probably fall into the "art film" category, but it features some great dialogue and compelling performances by Forrest and Garr, with Raul Julia and Natassja Kinski playing more ethereal roles. Kinski is filmed beautifully. It's a beautiful film, period. The music and Vegas sets are wonderful. You miss it as soon as it's over.
Rich and visually exciting...perhaps not 5 stars, but then again this film just doesn't conform easily to any rating system.
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I'm only reviewing this in case somebody has read Robert Horton's review and has made a decision based on what was written. In fact if he hadn't said how great the soundtrack was I would have seriously wondered about his capabilities as a critic. I saw this film when it was released and as yet have not seen the dvd but I saw the film twice in one week and absolutely loved it. I disagree with pretty much everything Mr Horton says. The performances are great and the film carries so much warmth and beauty I find it strange as to what some people want from a 'love story'.
I'll tell you where I think the negative reviews come from. The film is ambitious in its' production and was very innovative and some just can't handle that. And people like to pidgeon-hole actors, directors, songwriters, bands etc and probably had a hard time figuring out what Mr Godfather was doing directing a love story. Well that is their problem.
If you like beautiful movies this is a must. If you don't your name is probably Robert Horton.
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If a piece of art is measured by its influence, One From The Heart rates on top. This is pure american movie art, something that get's harder to see every year. It's the result of a man's dream.
Along with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, One From The Heart beautifully illustrates the behaviors, relations and also how beautiful and pleasant a cinema session can be. Unfortunatelly it was way ahead of its time.
I won't comment the storyline as you can read about it on others reviews.
How's this DVD? Image - 9, Sound - 10.
If I were Mr. Coppola I'd have presented this piece of art lover's with a "Director's Version", including the deleted scenes, along with the original version. They add a lot to the story and since this is DVD, additional minutes wouldn't hurt anyone. This is the only reason why it's not receiving 5 stars. The soundtrack is not DTS but it's nice and clear. The extras add a lot to the understanding of Mr. Coppola's passion, fight for this movie and its commercial "failure".
A movie like this happens only once in a lifetime. It took me 20 years to see something somewhat similar - Moulin Rouge. And Baz Luhrman assumes he had great influence from it.
Those who love cinematography, art direction, touching soundtracks, and once in a while like to fall in love must reserve a place for this loving piece of art in their DVDs collection. Go for it and you'll understand from every scene why it is "One From The Heart" of Mr. Coppola.
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Sure, ONE FROM THE HEART basically has little more than atmosphere for a story-line, but so what? It's meant to be a confection, Coppola's homage to the old-style silver screen musicals which pulled out every cinematic stop they could to draw you in and win you over. ONE FROM THE HEART doesn't quite rise to the best of that genre (FOOTLIGHT PARADE, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), but it certainly holds it's own with Martin Scorsese's NEW YORK, NEW YORK and Bob Fosse's ALL THAT JAZZ, other films that are as much about the "magic" of film as they are about entertainment. Plus, hey, it's a sappy love story; if that's not your idea of a good evening at the movies, fair enough, but you'll rarely see a sappy love story told with so much class. Tom Waits' songs are the glue holding ONE FROM THE HEART together and his duets with Crystal Gayle are sublime.
As others have mentioned, Baz Luhrmann borrowed more than a little from ONE FROM THE HEART when he made MOULIN ROUGE. Suffice it to say, then, that if you liked MOULIN ROUGE, the chances you'll like the movie that influenced it at least as much, if not more.
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When I saw this film in the First Run theaters, ...it was highly stylized. There were a few glaring continuity mistakes, and the characters seemed superficial.

Upon re-viewing it on home video, [not to mention the awesome bonus materials,] It takes place in Vegas, they discuss that he didn't 'LOOK' like her Prince Charming, because Las Vegas is the City without clocks, This movie takes place at sunrise, sunset, mid-day, and during the evening...all at once. Sometimes the bright scene is because of the neon 'strip,' and sometimes the darkness is just a few steps away.

The allegories of the Junk Yard, and the Travel Agency are juxtaposed by the desires of the couple's component personalities. The fantasy characters, are both 'bigger than life,' and also superficial illusions of what the couple are projecting upon them.

The nightmare that director Francis Ford Coppola was put through to make this movie, (again, see bonus materials included,) makes this film's completion even more ambitious than the sets and miniatures! Tho' it takes place in Las Vegas, the entire film was created on Sound Stages in Hollywood at the one-film-trick-pony ZOETROPE STUDIOS.

The colors of green with envy, and red with rage, are left on the roadside. There are Carnival lighting, and scrim dissovles, peppered throughout this entire offering. The "airport set" (a parking lot, two-story airport and flying plane are stunning, especially with a larger viewing screen.

It is sad to think that Terri Garr is now in a wheelchair, upon seeing the fabulous dancing choreographed by Toni Basil(American Graffitti/The Lockers/Mickey,) and coached by an uncredited Gene Kelly, with all of its precision and passion.
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