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Silver Linings Playbook / Le bon côté des choses (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]

Bradley Cooper , Jennifer Lawrence , David O. Russell    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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In lesser hands than director David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook could have been a typically cringe-inducing throwaway Hollywood rom-com. As it is, this unusual and deeply affecting story of crazy love is a bold observation about the joys and tragedy of life lived by deeply flawed characters facing triumph and adversity against a backdrop of painfully familiar family dysfunction. It's also a tremendous achievement in formal structure, with a flair for storytelling that's as moving as it is delightful. Bradley Cooper plays Pat, an until-recently undiagnosed bipolar person who's just home from a lengthy stay in a mental institution and doing his darnedest to get his head and his life back on track. His concerned parents, vividly embodied by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, have plenty of troubles of their own when they warily take him in and tiptoe around the eggshells of a psyche that still veers wildly from seeming self-control to scary bouts of mania. Pat has a plan to win back the unfaithful wife whose restraining order is still in force because of the violent episode that sent him away after he nearly killed her lover. Interjected into this wobbly family scenario is Tiffany, a friend of a friend who is embroiled in her own turmoil of mental instability following the recent death of her husband. Jennifer Lawrence is a charming revelation as Tiffany, flexing sensitive acting muscles that are as toned as her lithe form. She throws herself into the role of a depressed, promiscuous young woman who needs Pat in her life about as much as she needs another personal tornado to rip her apart. But the movie magically reveals that these two disturbed souls have a destiny that's never really in doubt-- although the whirlwind turns the movie takes to get them there are often breathtaking. Russell liberally adapted the movie from Matthew Quick's 2008 novel, and he deftly imbues the story with a vibrant sense of place (suburban, blue-collar Philadelphia) and each character, no matter how tangential to Pat and Tiffany's journey, with quirks and nuances that brilliantly reveal their essence. The subject of mental illness has rarely been portrayed with such honesty and candid respect. Constantly keeping us off guard, Silver Linings Playbook soars from darkness to a kind of screwball comedy that is as tender and touching as it is unpredictable. There are several tour-de-force moments that Russell constructs with the surest hand of direction, dialogue, and the talents of his cast. A key scene unfolds in a small living room where eight people are crammed together, each adding important pieces to the whole, and which thrums with a masterfully rhythmic pace. Another sequence follows the buildup to one of Pat's manic outbursts with a dizzying and increasingly stressful manifestation of the madness careening around in his head. It seems hard to believe that a love story with real humor, real pain, and genuine resonance that gets from point A to point B--it begins with a lone figure mumbling to himself and ends with a jubilantly staged ballroom dance--can succeed with so few missteps. But Silver Linings Playbook turns it all into an absorbing reality wherein life stumbles heartwarmingly toward what real love is all about. --Ted Fry

Special Features

  • Silver Linings Playbook: The Movie That Became A Movement
  • Q&A Highlights
  • Dance Rehearsal
  • Learn To Dance Like Pat & Tiffany
  • Going Steadicam With Bradley Cooper

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
What kind of romantic comedy do you prefer? Classics, such as It Happened One Night, Pretty Woman and Roman Holiday, or something quirky, like Annie Hall or Harold and Maude? Silver Linings Playbook has more drama present than most romantic comedies, but it still belongs in that category. It would also be classified as somewhat quirky.

Mental illness isn't funny, but I don't think that any subject should be off limits when it comes to comedy. The key is doing it with respect and a degree of realism. For example, cancer is one of the most unpleasant things in existence, but 50/50 was a comedy that worked, because the screenplay allowed us to see some of the seriousness of the situation. Silver Linings Playbook follows the same path.

If you have ever seen As Good as It Gets, you might have some idea what to expect from Silver Linings Playbook. Both films feature incredibly good actors, who are capable of mixing drama with comedy. Both include serious scenes that an average actor might struggle with. The two stories revolve around unlikely romances, that shouldn't work, but it feels right when they do.

Jennifer Lawrence has to be one of Hollywood's hottest properties. She received an Oscar nomination for Winter's Bone, and has reached huge audiences by appearing in X-Men: First Class, and The Hunger Games. I'm sure a lot of people saw Silver Linings Playbook just because Lawrence was involved. She's certainly attractive, but she can really act too. This role requires more than just a pretty face, and she pulls it off with apparent ease.

The setting reminds me of Russell's last film, The Fighter; it's gritty and realistic, and full of dramatic scenes. Families often become involved in shouting matches rather than sitting down to have rational conversations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
VIDEO:

Silver Linings Playbook arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Director David O. Russell and cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi use lots of handheld camera work, some of which favouring the so-called "jiggly cam" approach. A lot of the film appears to have utilized natural lighting schemes, resulting in a really nice autumnal glow in several of the exterior location sequences, but also casting a somewhat dark ambience on dimly lit interior scenes. Fine detail is exceptional throughout the vast majority of this presentation, with some of the close-ups reaching really astounding levels of detail at times (look at the screenshot of Cooper's hand holding the pills for a great example). Colours are saturated and pop with great details. A very pleasing video presentation. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Silver Linings Playbook comes with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, which comes with great fidelity and it has great dynamic range. The boisterous crowd scenes, like the tailgate party late in the film, the big dance sequence and a couple of the scenes in the Solitano household, feature excellent discrete channelization. Dialogue is cleanly presented. The soundtrack is also outstanding with many great tracks, like Silver Lining by Jessie J (remember her song Price Tag), My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder (played at the therapist’s reception and it was the tigger song that was played at Pat’s wedding), and the rare Led Zeppelin's track, etc. (4.5/5)

AWARDS:

Winner of Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence.
Nominations for Oscar:
Best Picture
Best Director: David O.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Linings Playbook March 22 2013
By Rebecca
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Jennifer Lawrence's Academy Award was well deserved for this film. The first time I saw it in theatres I fell in love with the characters, and was rooting for both Bradley and Jennifer's characters of Pat and Tiffany to come out on the other side with each others help after facing hardships and battling mental illness. I think it is an important film for people to watch, to understand that people with mental illness are not crazy, are not dangerous, but sometimes just need someone to be on their side to listen and try to understand and help. Beautiful film, wonderful performances, and a witty and interesting script all helped this movie come out as the exceptional film it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie March 15 2014
By Teemob
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a super movie, with a great cast and a moving story about mental illness. I saw it at the theater then had to buy it because it's an important movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No problems March 3 2014
By Neilb09
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Perfect, no problems got exactly what I wanted. It's a movie not hard to screw up, mailed on time. Writing a review even seems pointless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must watch movie! Jan. 26 2014
Format:Blu-ray
Great acting and what a great way to expose so many people to mental disorder. It was wonderful to see these actors tackle such a sensitive issue with incredible results.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars Dec 15 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This movie was just ok, not at all what I expected. Haven't even mentioned or recommended it to my friends.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Movie.Could Be Better..
"How do you pay homage to a movie that doesn't delve into the root of mental illness,
now I'm not saying there're trying to glorify this illness with another beautiful... Read more
Published 8 months ago by trek fan
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I stayed up until weee hours of the morning just to watch this movie and it was such a good movie. I would recommend to others.
Published 10 months ago by Henry Broomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Une fiction envoutante
De beaux acteurs bien dirigés, un suspense maintenu tout le long du film, A regarder plus d'une fois. La jeune Jennifer Lawrence a beaucoup d'assurce dans son jeu.
Published 10 months ago by Claude Masson
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the worst movie I have purchased in a long time.
I was really disappointed in this movie considering, the main characters were really a let down. The language is terrible and the story line takes too long to become apparent.
Published 10 months ago by Case E Buffinga
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
What a great story,and great casting.Everyone was excellent,the story was really moving,and nothing over done.A movie to watch two three times a year
Published 11 months ago by John Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
Love, Love, Love this movie!! I have had it for a week (arrived to me in 5 days) and have watched it twice!!
Published 11 months ago by timmy87
5.0 out of 5 stars Win
This film addresses mental illness in a particularly interesting view. Bradley Cooper is excellent. Not only is the film about the two main characters and their various struggles... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Heather Jamieson
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