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American Beauty [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2010) SAM MENDES

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacey at his best Jan. 10 2011
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
American Beauty BD Sapphire Series
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari
Director: Sam Mendes
Paramount Pictures | 1999 | 122m | Rated R |

Video
MPEG-4 AVC | 1080p | 2.35:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French, Portuguese, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Discs
Single 50GB Blu-ray disc, region free

American Beauty won Oscars for actor in a leading role (Kevin Spacey), cinematography (Conrad L. Hall), director (Sam Mendes), screenplay (Alan Ball) and best picture (Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks). It's a weird tale told in an unusual way.

We learn during the opening narration that our protagonist, Lester Burnham (Spacey), is going to die. The events leading up to his eventual death are funny, moving, sad and unpredictable. Burnham is a pathetic character entering a mid-life crisis and the film shows how his character changes, as well as the lives of the people around him. There is a significant amount of character development in this story.

It's not strictly a comedy, but it's full of dark humor that is hard to predict. In short, it's the funniest kind of humor. If you found Fargo and Inglourious Basterds amusing, you'll probably laugh at this too.

Burnham changes his life by becoming more assertive and ceasing to care what other people might think. This catalyst for this rebellion is a meeting with his new neighbor, Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley) who gets high with him before quitting his job on the spot.

The film contains nudity, violence, bad language, drug use and smoking, so the R-rating is warranted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just A Plastic Bag Blowin In The Wind . . . . Dec 29 2013
By Warren Green TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I feel bad for people who don't get this film! And if you don't appreciate the "beauty" in the scenes where the plastic bag is blowing in circles in the wind ( and the narration that accompanies it ), in my view, you don't get what this movie is about.

Some people spend much of their lives pursuing the kind of beauty that is central to the theme of this film. They may remember it soley from their childhood, or perhaps they recovered it once, possibly in their early adult years, but then lost it again.

Kevin Spacey's narration during the final scenes of this movie rang especially true for me. Because if you do get this intense appreciation for beauty back ( see the Bill Murray character at the end of Groundhog Day ), you may also discover that you've found an odd and incredibly optimistic, outlook towards the prospect of dying; seeing death as a kind of liberation from the limitations of this life.

A few years ago, while down by the lakeshore in Kingston, Ontario, I had the opportunity ( due to favourable winds and the unusual architecture of a building ) to watch a plastic bag blowing in circles in the wind. The scene was clearly reminiscent of the one from this film, and I had an uncanny feeling that God was watching me. And that everything was exactly the way it was supposed to be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a thing of beauty Dec 24 2009
By mocha
Format:DVD
I love this movie. It doesn't get any better than this, especially for boomers. What happens when the American Dream is not enough, when things like happiness, love, fulfillment, have become lost along the way? Sometimes, you have to take a step backwards in order to move forward. This movie is a slice of life look at an ordinary hero's journey toward authentication and fulfillment, and how it affects those around him. Each of the characters is wonderfully drawn and executed, as are all aspects of "American Beauty". This movie is thing of beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! Love it, see it or see it again! March 31 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The character's relationships, the what you see is not what you'll get later in the movie, more than one reason to love this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Nov. 16 2013
By Nicole
Format:Blu-ray
It was such a good relatable film with a dramatic heartfelt ending. The disc itself came in good condition. I would recommend seeing it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look Closer Jan. 11 2013
By Jesse
Format:Blu-ray
Kevin Spacey is brilliant, and this movie is the capstone of his nineties career. Well acted, well written, and the overall message hits hard. Amazing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice film, but over-hyped. Dec 14 2003
By William
Format:DVD
This was an interesting, but not spectacular film from 1999. Watching it again recently, I noticed how dull it was to watch - particularly the long drawn out scenes with the neighbour's son and Spacey's daughter.
Is American Beauty really as good as you may have heard? Unfortunately not. The hype that surrounded this film in 1999 made people go and see it. There was also considerable hype surrounding Anette Bening's performance. Let's just say her performance was okay, nothing spectacular.
American Beauty is a good, but over-rated film.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXQUISITE AFFIRMATION OF LIFE July 16 2004
Format:DVD
On the surface, this stunner from Sam Mendes is such a relentlessly bleak look at the vacuity of the supposed "American Dream" that viewers may just turn off to it en masse. And it shows in the acute polarization of reviews here on Amazon.
But if you can be a little less knee-jerk and not shut off all rational thought when confronted with what's disturbingly familiar, you may also find that the film is genuinely, voraciously amusing, and directed with such breathtaking flair that Spacey's bravura performance seems like a career-defining one.
Beneath the surface of all the seeming pettiness in our daily idiosynchrasies, the theme points out, is an entire world of such simple elegance that chortles to be seen and heard, but is neither recognized nor heeded to.
An interesting visual device in the film is the use of windows. Not just a use, but a splurge, come to think of it. Almost everything important happens in front of, around, or through windows. Could this be a metaphor perhaps for self-examination, for viewing one's life from the outside?
What I do not understand is why most films in this genre (Ice Storm, Ordinary People) end with a dramatically tragic finale. Does it take a shattering turn of events to break everyone out of their daily reverie? Something to think about.
Any rate, long story short: an evocative gem you need to own.
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