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On the Road [Blu-ray] [Import]

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Set in the late 1940s and based on the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac, On the Road is the story of young writer Sal Paradise's journey--a journey back and forth across America in search of freedom, self-expression, and self-discovery. Feeling lost after his father's death, Sal (Sam Riley) is intrigued by the free-spirited Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and impulsively joins him on a cross-country drive. With a criminal past and a hankering for independence, sex, music, drugs, and traveling the open road, Dean possesses complete disregard for the law, social niceties, the feelings of the women in his life, and anything but the present moment. Sal finds his initial trip with his new friend exciting and energizing. History repeats itself, as it is apt to do, and the friends make several more trips across the country together. But even as they revel in their unique relationship and the liberty of traveling, the inevitability of change will eventually affect Sal and Dean's friendship as well as their relationships with their families and friends. On the Road is a dark, contemplative, steamy tale of sex, depravity, circumstance, and the search for personal fulfillment that is at once repulsive and highly intriguing. --Tami Horiuchi

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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD tells the timeless story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley, Control), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund, TRON: Legacy), a free-spirited, fearless, fast-talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga). Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of it - the pure essence of experience. Seeking uncharted terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounters an eclectic mix of men and women who each indelibly impact their journey toward self-discovery. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio), Academy Award® Nominee Amy Adams (The Master), Alice Braga (Predators), and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), ON THE ROAD is a landmark odyssey from America s legendary Beat writer brought to vivid life by one of the most talented filmmakers of modern times.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars mega dissapointment Oct. 16 2013
Format:DVD
this movie was a waste of time, to much time spent on sex scences that just dragged on, but some of the sex scences were quite relevant to the movie, not enough time spent on sal/jack and his desire to be a writer. mega dissapointment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On The Road Oct. 12 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Would not recommend not that good of movie. Waste of money would not watch again but that is what purchaseing movies and watching is all about . Amazon is great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thunder Road! Sept. 14 2013
By eeyoore
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An excellent transfer of an iconic book to the silver screen. Not everyone will be pleased, and some legendary parts are left out of course, but the portrayals of the characters are spot-on and the atmosphere of shrugging and yearning is created with flair. The camera work is superb with none of the claustrophia induction or tricky-angle usage sometimes over-used in close confines. Every word is clearly and carefully articulated. There is a degree of shambolic narrative, as seen in the book, but a clear direction.

Jack, I think, would be pleased.
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  119 reviews
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that captures that elusive spirit of Jack Kerouac's novel March 26 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
There is bound to be a generational gap in the audience response to Walter Salles' and Jose Rivera's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's immensely important book ON THE ROAD, a story about the 'first beatnik' who in the aftermath of WW II found the world not only confusing but senseless, and his way of trying to find his place as a writer spawned his book that is in many ways a diary of three years of living on the lam, penniless except for occasional odd jobs to finance gas, food and crash pads. It is a Whitmanesque song of independence and yearning for meaning and love and acceptance and Salles and Rivera, with considerable assistance from the musical score by Gustavo Santaolalla and the cinematography of Eric Gautier.

The young unfocused writer Sal Paradise/Jack Kerouac (Sam Riley)is joined by free-spirited Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady (Garrett Hedlund in a magnificently realised portrayal) and his girl, Marylou/Luanne Henderson (Kristen Stewart) and Carlo Marx/Allen Ginsberg (Tom Sturridge)as they travel across the USA at breakneck speed, stopping in Denver and New York and other places trying to understand themselves and each other. They encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly: Old Bull Lee/William S. Burroughs (Viggo Mortensen) and other less well known but important to the road trip played by such fine actors as Steve Buscemi, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Morgan and many more. The characters encounter and deal with drug abuse, sexual orgies, the entire spectrum of sexuality, marriage and children and divorce and above all the joys of freedom of place, of sex, of behavior, and of experiencing the kindness of strangers and the beauty of the countryside of America and Mexico. There is no true linear storyline and that will likely put off many viewers.

But in the end this long film is about a period of time of global fear regarding post WW II side effects and changes in the art and writing and interrelating that forever changed our world. The film is an experience and to appreciate it the viewer must just relinquish credibility and simply go on the road. Grady Harp, March 13
48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CENSORED VERSION Aug. 8 2013
By W. Sloan - Published on Amazon.com
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What a let down. This is some sort of re-cut version, not the theatrical version that I seen. Censored and re-cut. Hopefully there will be an unrated version released. I feel cheated. Not recommended.
36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was a Beautifully Filmed, Well-acted, Classic in the Making June 16 2013
By Regulargal - Published on Amazon.com
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Let's just get this out of the way - the movie is not the book. Now that we've established that truism for most book-to-movie adaptations, let's move on.

Just to give a little background on my mindset before I viewed this movie, I am not a Kerouac fan. Reading Kerouac as a black woman, is like repeatedly sticking a fork in my eye in some parts. It's painful to read the misogyny and the romanticism of picking cotton (When I read he thought he could make it his "life's work," I almost threw the book out of the window). But, I continued and actually understood his mindset by the end of the book. However, I really never wanted to be in his head again. It was a scary place.

So, as you could probably tell, I had my reservations about the movie. However, the cast won me over. When you have Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kirsten Dunst all in one movie, you can practically guarantee some fine performances and I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, I'm a huge Kristen Stewart fan, in particular, and she blew me away, per usual.

On the Road is a story about a search for meaning in life - the "It." These young people were driven by their personal searches for God, their fathers (and in some ways their mothers), and a place to call home. They found all of those things in each other. Particularly, Sal Paradise (Jack Kerouac) found those things in Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassady) and vice versa. They hurt people along the way and made horrible life choices. But, they lived put loud and inspired others to do the same. This movie did an amazing job of showing the joy and pain in this journey that Sal took.

So, if you like road movies about self-discovery and you want to see America roll in front of your eyes in all of its beauty and harshness, then you will enjoy this movie. It's not the book. It's its own thing. One thing I wish Walter Salles, the director, and the screen writer, Jose Rivera, would've done differently is show how interconnected Sal/Jack started to feel with the world. He started to see his friends in people of all different races and backgrounds. He started to see himself in everyone. "Life is the road and all roads lead to the world." He became a world citizen because of his travels and I think that would've been important to emphasize somehow. It's the same thing that Malcom X discovered before he was killed and Martin Luther King, Jr, knew before he was murdered. I'm not comparing Jack Kerouac to these men. I'm just saying that they all became global thinkers.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cut version - do NOT buy if you are expecting the full version Sept. 9 2013
By squall-leonhart-8 - Published on Amazon.com
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The title basically says it all. I have seen at least two other reviews that mentioned this, but not enough. The version you buy here is NOT the full version, but CUT. If you want the full version, do NOT buy this and waste your money. Hopefully, an uncut version will eventually come out in the future, but until then, only buy this if you do not mind that it has been cut.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Episodic, But Effective: A Relatively Faithful, If Somewhat Aloof, Adaptation Of Kerouac's Odyssey Aug. 9 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
By its very nature, Jack Kerouac's autobiographical "On The Road" is an episodic sojourn of self-discovery that doesn't really lend itself to the film medium. Since its publication in 1957, many have eyed the possibility of a big screen interpretation (and, indeed, several seventies road trip classics owe a debt to it), but the iconic book has never made it past the screenplay stage. Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) has owned the rights to "On The Road" since 1980 and he's finally served up a version under the hand of director Walter Salles (he did the great Brazilian drama Central Station). Together, I'd say this handsome and well made film is both surprisingly faithful to the source material but also somewhat aloof from an emotional standpoint. Is it the book? Absolutely not. So those expecting a literal translation from page to screen will always have something to complain about. But for my money, the film does capture the spirit of this journey. At times riveting, at times perplexing, the movie is loaded with a veritable "who's who" from a casting standpoint. Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Elizabeth Moss, and Kirsten Dunst, as some of the more recognizable names, all take relatively small parts in the overall picture. But the movie primarily focuses on a tangled romantic trio portrayed by Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart.

Sam Riley plays aspiring writer (and Kerouac stand-in) Sal Paradise. Living on the fringes of the artistic community, his existence is rocked by his introduction to the charming Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund). He is fascinated by this free spirit and inspired by him. Moriarty represents the true freedom of America, open both emotionally and sexually to the experiences life has to offer. As they embark on a road trip across the country, they will share in love, drugs, and brushes with the law. Rebellion, adventure, freedom. All of the things needled to fuel Riley's creative spirit (he is journaling throughout) are provided on this odyssey. As I mentioned, it's all very episodic. Some of the encounters resonate more than others, but they all combine to form the bigger picture. As much as I wanted to feel connected to this story, however, I maintained somewhat of a distance. Riley, as the core of the picture, stays more of a voyeur even in the thick of things. His recitation of events is clinical and even detached. So, truthfully, I never got quite as close as I wanted.

For me, "On The Road" is ultimately sold more on its performances than on its story. Sam Riley plays a solid lead. If you like him and you haven't seen his riveting work in 2007's "Control," don't miss it. Stewart, also, makes the most of this change-of-pace role. Before becoming an international icon (for good or bad) in the Twilight franchise, the actress seemed content with indie work. It's good to see her get back to her roots. But the movie's success or failure hinges on the work of Hedlund. As Dean Moriarty, he is the catalyst and driving force behind almost all of the film's drama. You must believe he has the charm and charisma to enchant and frustrate almost every other character. And I thought he did. With a low key energy, he never overplays either. The relationship between Riley and Hedlund is the primary factor in this adaptation, and I think it is both fascinating and provocative. In the end, the movie wrapped this pivotal pairing up rather unsatisfactorily for my taste. I guess I never got close enough to Riley, never made a real emotional connection, so his evolution at the end of the picture felt both rushed and unexplained. Overall, though, I think "On The Road" is worth a look. KGHarris, 8/13.
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