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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 25 2014
By dr myke
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
strange film but if you love harvey keitel
you will love this film
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lighter than Smoke Nov. 28 2010
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film originated in some improvisations done by the cast in preparing for the Wayne Wang/ Paul Auster film Smoke (1995), which is a real classic in its low-key small-budget fashion. Director Wang and writer Auster liked the improv session so much that they decided to make another film around it, using a script and interview footage cobbled together by Auster (who gets co-director credit in this one). I say "cobbled together" because the story is a much looser affair than the carefully constructed drama of "Smoke", but in its own terms it's highly amusing -- well worth the small price it sells for. Some of the performers did not appear in "Smoke" at all; Jim Jarmusch fans especially will want to catch his cameo here, which ties in with his "Coffee and Cigarettes", another film exemplifying the same deadpan sense of humor. Oh, and Madonna's delivery of a singing telegram is a hoot. The extras on the DVD are also worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is there no cult following for this film? May 8 2000
By "msgranddame" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
And why are there only three customer reviews of this brilliant, on-the-edge film? And what's up with Leonard Maltin (see above)? I think he was expecting a Hollywood Production Movie. I think he would also ask for a Belgian waffle in Belgium (can't get them, I learned from watching this.) There is a McGuffin, I guess, for those who must have a plot. Will the cigar store be sold or not? Who cares? I'd much rather hear Lou Reed explaining the source of his life-long cynicism or why cigarettes are really "health tools." I had seen and enjoyed Smoke, but never knew this film existed. I am so glad I found it by chance. I enjoyed it more than Smoke. I think it would be a great film to run at a party. Regardless of the length and clarity of their attention spans, guests would have to ask "What is this?" And gradually this film would get the cult following it deserves (or maybe it already does and I don't know it out here in the Midwest). Of course, as always, I loved my main man, Harvey Keitel which should go without saying. (I wonder what Mr. Maltin had to say about the uncut version of another Keitel film, The Bad Lieutenant," another movie you won't be seeing on t.v. If "innovative" doesn't scare you, buy this. I am still thinking about the bag-in-the-tree man and Michael J. Fox's survey. I think I need to watch it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting diversion from the Hollywood norm.... June 28 2003
By Dave Beards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
'Blue In The Face' chronicles a snapshot of life in Brooklyn NY. At the centre of this life is a cigar store that is frequented by a parade of weird and wonderful people. So that is it - there is no story line, or indeed it appears there is no script - just a series of 'situations' designed to be a wonderful showcase for the actors involved.
And what a cast of actors!!! Memorable performances by Lou Reed, Michael J. Fox, Madonna, Roseanne and a host of others make this movie a must see. They don't appear to have to operate within the confines of a script so their full ad-lib abilities shine. At the centre of the action is Harvey Keitel who gives a wonderful performance as the laid back cigar store worker.
Another fascinating angle to this movie is the inclusion of real Brooklyn residents describing Brooklyn and their lives. Even though the unstructured aspect of the movie makes for no story lines, it does seem as though it is a homage to Brooklyn and its residents.
The picture quality on this DVD is outstanding. Perhaps a little too soft in places, but otherwise it is hard to fault. No special features are included which is a shame. It would have been great to have interviews with the cast to hear their thoughts on the movie.
'Blue In The Face' is a bizarre movie, but with it featuring some very well known faces in roles they have not been seen in before, made Blue in the face riveting viewing for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jarmusch Rules. Aug. 31 2001
By Regina Alexander-lepus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I had no idea who this guy was...but his bit on Nazis and movies and cigarettes has caused me to recommend this movie to friends. I saw Smoke first and enjoyed it, but Blue in the Face will leave you rolling on the floor laughing..promise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Script, No Plot, No Problem! Aug. 9 2001
By Jon Deckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I got this movie to hear Lou Reed talk about New York. It gets 5 stars for that, but it's much more than a few moments of Lou's brillance. I can't say this movie is better than "Smoke". It has less to it (no plot), but it mangaes to say a little more. Where "Smoke" is like a beautiful song with lyrics, "Blue in the Face" is an instraumental. It's harder to capture, because the viewer isn't forced into pitying or loving any character or the city of Brooklyn. The story doesn't have a plot to guide the viewer toward some monumental epiphany. Instead, the viewer listens harder, and produces fulfillment for themselves. Don't get me wrong, this is a very funny movie. Low budget or filmed in five days, this movie matters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly funny and yet dramatic! March 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
The film was an innovative masterpiece. Harvey Keitel was his classic self, a man in charge and a man of many whimsical ideas and knowledge. I loved the cammios, Madonna, Michael J. Fox, and Rosanne, and Lou Reed really made the flick. The movie gives you pride for Brooklyn even if you have never been there before. The soundtrack is wonderful, David Byrne rocks, and the offbeat situational comedy is terrific. A great movie selection for any time. The only small problem was that it got a little cheesy at some points and nearly fell into B-rating, but certainly a work of art!
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