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Alfie (Widescreen Collector's Edition) (2004)

Jude Law    Unrated   DVD
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In this remake of the 1966 classic Jude Law stars as Alfie the quintessential Don Juan who is rather caught up in himself. Using his charm and a great smile Alfie searches for beautiful women who will give him what he wants. Once they become too attached he breaks their heart. This ideal bachelor lifestyle ends up unraveling and Alfie must learn to admit defeat and change his ways. Original Title: Alfie. Actors: Jane Krakowski Jeff Harding Jude Law Rene Taylor . Director: Charles Shyer. Condition: Used. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 105 mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Discs: 1. Region code: Region 1. Rating: R. Genre: Comedy. Subgenre: Mature. Release Year: 2004.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A rather intriguing little film July 11 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Alfie struck me as a most unusual film. I haven't seen the original version featuring Michael Caine, so I went into this film with no expectations as to how things would play out. Things certainly didn't end the way I thought they would - but that it almost surely a good thing. Jude Law's modern Alfie doesn't deserve a fairy tale ending - indeed, such a flowery ending would have betrayed the real meaning of the entire film. Alfie is a charming little devil, but he's the worst kind of man - a womanizer who leaves broken hearts in his wake as he evades commitment and rushes ever onwards to more women, more cheap thrills, and ever more self-satisfaction. It's hard for me to feel too sorry for a guy like this when he eventually discovers that he's nothing but an empty shell and begins to look longingly at the things he doesn't have. He does come to understand exactly what he is by the end of the movie, but I'm not sure he ever reaches the point of redemption. Every time there seems to be some hope that he will change his life, he falls right back into the lifestyle he is supposedly growing tired of. It's important to note that, at the end, he is basically asking "what's it all about?" He still doesn't know - he's been hurt the very way he has hurt so many others, but he never goes beyond the pain to find moral redemption. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Leaves much to be desired....... July 28 2005
By Jose F.
Format:DVD
Save your time... and about $20. Buy the less expensive original version starring Michael Caine. It is by far, a better film than this remake. Jude Law seems miscast as sleazebag Alfie (though off screen... he is every bit as sleazy... ahem, ahem); and his performance, as the performances of his co-stars are lacking in every aspect of the word. There is no merit to this film. Alfie should NEVER have been remade. I would ONLY recommend the original. Ok? Ok....
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3.0 out of 5 stars what's it all about? Nov. 16 2010
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I had completely forgotten the 1966 original starring Michael Caine bar the vague memories that it was about a working class Cockney playboy who talked to the camera throughout the movie and that Shelley Winters was at her screaming best in this. Other than that, I had no recollection of the first Alfie.

That's a good thing because this version with Jude Law seems to show the character himself is not dated and all that was needed was to update the women in his life. This is where the extras are a great help as they intersperse the stories of both the 1966 movie and this one to give you a great idea of how each is every so slightly different. I will say one thing: The women in this one are all babes (Marisa Tomei, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller and Susan Sarandon) unlike the 1966 one which seemed to focus on the homely rather than the dropdead gorgeous.

Maybe that was the point in 1966 but as far as a moviegoer I want my eye candy!

The movie was much more than I expected. It starts off with Law as the usual playboy type and evolves into something much deeper, very contemporary and gives you far more insight into relationships without devolving into some sort of lame wimpy chick flick.

It's also a very hip and cool looking movie from Alfie's Vespa to Sarandon's pad to Sienna Miller's tres hip 21st century NYC girl cool.

In the end it's Jude Law who pulls the whole thing off with just the right smile or offhand comment that hits the mark in the delivery.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  99 reviews
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A fair movie, but an inept remake July 9 2007
By Michael J. Edelman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Jude Law is a fine actor and does his usual excellent job in this remake. If you've never seen the original you'd probably think it was a decent enough movie. But if you've seen the original, with Michael Caine, you'd be wondering why they bothered to make this in the first place- especially the butchered version that resulted.

Like a lot of latter day remakes, this is very much a prettified version of the original. All of Law's conquests have model good looks- as does Law himself, for that matter. He's also a good deal more refined, in accent and in manners, unlike Caine's rather crude Cockney. He moves about in beautiful surroundings. And that loses an essential element of the setting of the novel. Alfie did not live in a beautiful world, and his conquests were not necessarily beautiful women; in large part they were women whom someone else desired- and that was what compelled him to seduce them.

Caine's (and the novel's) Alfie exploited weak women; for whatever reason, the director, or perhaps the producers, decided this Alfie's conquests had to be modern, strong women who use him as much as he uses them. That of course makes Alfie a good deal less of a cad; Jude Law's Alfie is not leaving behind the wrecked lives that Caine's did, and he becomes almost sympathetic at one point- a sentiment completely absent in the book and the original movie.

In the end, this version misses the essential Alfie- his inability to recognize flaws in himself, even as he rationalizes his actions and convinces himself that he's doing the right thing. The result is a shallow character study completely lacking the depth and impact of the original.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars solid acting but.... Sept. 16 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Acting by the entire cast was damn good. What kept this from being a keeper in my DVD collection was the script-Character conversations are a bit trite, exhibiting all the back-n-forth verbal luster of a 1950's dime store novel. Law starts out a bit rocky, perhaps owing to the "talking directly to the camera" point of view, but this soon becomes more than bearable as the film progresses- It just takes a bit of getting used to. The biggest fault in Alfie's world is his "what could have been" paranoia in relationships, always believing there is someone better out there beyond the time he spends with his current (sometimes multiple) love interests. But, at least his character goes through a progression: starting out with a carefree attitude with women, eventually mounting into a man with a bit of depth and understanding , and ultimately realizing the true importance of loving....At least I think that's where the movie was going.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie that loses direction. July 24 2005
By Brian Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The genre of love-drama's that delve deep into the lives of sex addicts, heart breakers, and those naiive to the ways of love, have always interested me. I had been looking forward to seeing this film for quite sometime. It contained a knockout cast of Jude Law, Marissa Tomei, and Omar Epps.

The introduction to the movie starts of strong. Alfy narrates his storybook existence in New York, and quickly introduces us to his style, feelings, and women. We find Alfy to be someone who can not stick with one girl. He is dependent of all the women in his life and finds an emotional attachment with many of them.

Midway through the movie i realized that the plot had not progressed since the first 20 minutes of the movie. I had already got a taste of what Alfie's life was like, and it was time for the movie to take me on a ride of excitement, an emotional rollercoaster was expected. But the movie begins to get EXTREMELY repetitive. He meets a great girl, dumps her. Meets a great girl, dumps her. Trys to get a girl back, doesn't happen.

Another problem with this movie was that none of the secondary characters are developed in entirity. Alfie himself we get to know WAY to well, while his best friend, girlfriends, confidants, we develop no connection with. I end up not caring what happens to any of the characters as the movie drags into oblivion.

My recommendation is save this movie for when you are REALLY bored. I'd watch Swingers 10 more times before i watched this movie again.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alfie - New & Improved April 19 2007
By A. Vegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I had only seen Jude Law in two films prior to this one and was instantly intrigued by this sexy Brit. If you're expecting a romantic comedy, you're out of luck with this one but it's still a decent movie.

Alfie's a smooth talking Londoner in New York who does his very best to avoid succumbing to the dreaded 'c' word commitment. Along the way, we're introduced to some of his ladies on the go - Dorie, Julie, Liz and Nikki, to name but a few.

Alfie, a chauffeur, lives in a small Manhattan apartment and dedicates his life to seducing women. Talking directly into the camera, and preening with a self-satisfaction so complete as to seem a form of innocence, he expounds on clothes, the proper application of cologne and the various rules he employs in his libidinous pursuits. His goal, it seems, is to have sex with as many women as possible but to get close to none of them.

Each one starts off as a fling, but somehow manages to influence Alfie's life. He slowly starts to realize that he is actually alone and that there is more to life than what he has done so far.

Would I recommend it? Definitely. Although remakes do not usually come through smelling of roses, this one does. It's fresh, colourful and funny. Jude Law is magnificent, introducing us to a slightly warmer side of Alfie than Michael Caine.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Checking Out! Nov. 22 2004
By Ed Mich - Published on Amazon.com
The fall of 2004 is the year of Jude Law, and this is only movie three. After "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," and "I Heart Huckabees," we are able to see a darker side of his acting with "Alfie," which is actually miss billed. If you watch the trailers and television ads for "Alfie," you would think that it is a light romantic comedy, but it is anything but. Alfie has a very dark side to him, and this movie leans towards a darker side about thirty minutes in, and that's when Alfie becomes such a complicated character to play. It seems that Alfie has the perfect life, until one moment when he is only followed by bad luck, and his entire life begins to unravel. "Alfie" is a remake of movie that I never saw, a movie with Michael Caine, and I'm sure that the original is much better, but this movie is really worth checking out. I was never bored by this movie, and Jude Law did give another great preformance. About 80% of the movie is actually told from the point of view of Alfie, as he speaks to us from the camera. He is always telling us what he does, what kind of life he leads, and how he feels about certain things, and at sometimes it's almost as if he is convincing us, and himself, that what is doing is ok.

At the beginning of "Alfie," we meet Alfie and it seems that he leads the perfect life. He is the kind of guy who is never with a women for a very long time, and after he uses them for what he wants, he never calls, or makes up some kind of story to never see them again. He is trying to tell guys that he could get whatever he wants, and he tries to tell the girls that he is preforming a service for them, because he helps them get back on track if they are unhappy, or something like that. He is a limo driver, who drives his customers to their location, and then he has sex with them in the backseat. His personal life is being with as many women as possible, but his work life is him and his friend Marlon wanting to buy the limo business from Mr. Wing. While he does have many women, he has a half-girlfriend in the from of Julie, but she is a single mother, and to Alfie that comes with "baggage." The trouble begins after he has a one night stand with Marlon's girlfriend, who broke up with him the night before. He can't get it out of his head, especially after she gets pregnant. He then goes to the doctor, and he finds something startling, that leads Alfie to want to change his life. Of course, he doesn't, and begins to "date" Nikki, who is a depressed drug addict, and the older woman Liz, who also gives him something to think about. As Alfie begins to realize that he is hurting people, even though he doesn't mean to, and he starts to question life, and what it is all about.

I don't think that I gave to much of the plot away, but to only describe the basic plot wouldn't be appealing. The commericals don't show any of the darker side to Alfie's life, and that was what made the character so interesting. You always wanted to know what would happen next. The final monologue at the end is brilliant, and I wanted more. Alfie is always trying to convince people that he is a good guy, until finally he realizes that what he is doing is not right, and he is always hurting these people. He reminded me of Jack Nicolson is last year's "Something's Gotta Give," but he finally gave these women closure. Alfie just meets you, sleeps with you, and then leaves you. I don't think I'm ruining anything by telling you what he realizes, because I'm not telling you HOW he realizes everything, which made "Alfie" a modern day Greek tradegy. It's a shame this didn't make that much in theatres, but it's still out, so you should check it out.

ENJOY!

Rated R for sexual content, some language and drug use.
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