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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Writers: Alex Garland, John Hodge
  • Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Callum McDougall
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 25 2000
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWM3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,192 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it. DVD

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mocha on May 1 2010
Format: DVD
"The Beach" reminds me of "Lord of the Flies" but instead of boys being stranded on a deserted island, it is about young adults that live on an island that has an idyllic secluded beach and communal lifestyle. One side of the island is home to a 60s type of "hippie" commune, and the other side is occupied by a large scale pot growing operation that is watched over closely by armed guards. The two groups have managed to coexist by remaining mutually exclusive. There appears to be no property ownership or governance on the island even though it is within sight of mainland Thailand. To enjoy the movie, you have to get past the unlikelihood of a present day "lost paradise". L.DiCaprio plays Richard, a kind of rogue male, one of three new members of the commune. In his testosterone pumping youth and immaturity, he finds himself unwilling to abide by the rules as directed by its matriarch. The main rule involves strict secrecy about the beach, the commune, and how to get there. Away from the restrictions and limitations of the society from which he came, DiCaprio's character feels free to challenge others and himself. Because of his behaviour, he is ostracized from the commune, and goes "native". He implodes upon himself. Richard is instrumental is causing conflict between the island's inhabitants, and the downfall of the commune. Like "Lord of the Flies", this movie is about what could happen when people are removed from the watchful eyes of society. Some strive to maintain the "civilized" values from their past. For others, the dark side of the psyche is unleashed, self-discipline gives way to chaos, and chaos leads to destruction. In both this movie and "Lord of the Flies", society is viewed as the controlling force over man's unbridled instinctual nature - an interesting concept.
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By A Customer on June 2 2003
Format: DVD
Let me start by saying that The Beach has got to be one of the most underrated movies of 2000. Here and there people were saying "It was pointless" or "It was boring". The Beach first of all, is not a completely pointless movie. It actually displays kind of an interesting theme of the existence of paradise, one that many movies have never explored. And in terms of being boring, The Beach may not have tremendous explosions or boat chases, but if you watch it with an open mind, you will find it very captivating. Here's the story: Richard(Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young American traveler, seeking an adventure away from the beaten tourist path. Staying in Thailand, Richard meets joint-smoking, manic Daffy (Robert Caryle) who rattles on and on about a secret beach that is suppoedly flawless in all ways. The next morning, Richard finds that Daffy has killed himself, but left behind a map, showing the way to The Beach. After persuading Francoise(Virginie Ledoyen who is simply gorgeous) and her boyfriend Etienne(Guillaume Canet)to come along with him, the three embark ona journey to the island, where they find two different groups of people, flourish with one peacefully for weeks, and live life it's fullest. However, when Richard begins seeing Daffy everywhere he goes, he begins to discover that beyond the shores of paradise lies something darker and terrifying. The acting in the film is acceptable, but DiCaprio and Caryle steal the show as the unlikely duo of Richard and Daffy. The scenery is simply beautiful as well. As for mood, the film starts out as an adventure with occasional humor, but slowly transforms into a cross between a horror film and a thriller, growing darker, more disturbing, and much more violent.Read more ›
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By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 15 2002
Format: DVD
Director Danny Boyle's adaption of Alex Garland's wonderfully taught novel is an exercise in Hollywood mistakes. The scenery is breathtaking and the premise of a bored American seeking utopia in Thailand is promising. However, all promises are broken when Leonard DiCaprio takes to the screen. The novel's character is a brash, bold, pot-smoking narcissist - DiCaprio is just a man-boy desperately trying to be tough. He just doesn't have what it takes to carry out this complex role and every potentially riveting scene falls flat. Tilda Swinton as the ruling matriarch of the commune does well with her flat, fierce control over the clan. Director Boyle injects a surreal 'game-boy' sequence which is simply silly and unneeded. This is NOT "Apocalypse Now" in any sense!
It's a pretty film and the gore is real, but it wasn't until the end when DiCaprio breaks down that I thought he might be acting. Even then, he became his "Gilbert Grape" character. Garland's strong message of innocence lost never leaves the dock.
Five stars for the soundtrack which give it a modern feel and another thumbs up for the supporting cast. P.S. The only ones who die are not the ones that deserve to.
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An appealing blend of disposable teen drama and a more serious examination of the perils of utopia-made-real. With the assistance of a mysterious map, typical teen hedonist Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) and two French pals find their way to a secret island off the coast of Thailand. It turns out to be the fiercely defended home of two groups - a commune of recovering yuppies led by the charismatic Sal (Tilda Swinton), and a gang of well-organised pot farmers with a penchant for heavy side-arms. Tensions rise when the new arrivals threaten the balance between the groups, and violent trouble quickly ensues. Beneath the melodrama, "The Beach" is an interesting film. It shows that even in our urge for simplification, we cannot escape our humanity. Petty jealousies, the natural love of comfort, and our preference for the privileges of Western culture - such as good dental and medical care - ultimately ensure that a utopia-realised is very close to Hell. DiCaprio is good as the smarmy American, and earns his money in some particularly dramatic scenes. But Tilda Swinton steals the show at the climax when her Sal reveals the true extent she'll go to in order to preserve her way of life.
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