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On the Road [Blu-ray] [Import]


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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • Release Date: Aug. 6 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBFB8WQ

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eeyoore on Sept. 14 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Torie Monaghan on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gloria Harris on Oct. 12 2013
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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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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
CENSORED VERSION Aug. 8 2013
By W. Sloan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
total disapointment Aug. 8 2013
By Gamer and reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
wow it's ruined ,they cut it all up ,avoid at all costs ,wait for an unrated directors edition or get the french or australian version ,i'm speechless ,appalled .

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