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The Beach (Bilingual)

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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
  • 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 (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWM3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,546 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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3.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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 EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 24 2002
Format: DVD
"The Beach" boldly goes where plenty of movies have gone before, into the idea that there is no real paradise and that human beings can be hideously cruel. (That's probably the message -- it all became so jumbled that it's impossible to tell the filmmakers' intent) It almost makes our shallow, materalistic culture look appealing, and I'm pretty sure that wasn't the intent.
Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a spoiled American teenager looking for a vague "something different," and to find it he has to go to Bangkok. In his grubby motel room, he encounters a pair of French tourists, Etienne (Guillaume Canet) and Françoise (Virginie Ledoyen), and a weird suicidal guy, Daffy (Robert Carlyle) who gives Richard a map to a paradise on a nearby island. Richard leads his French friends to the island, but not before leaving a copy of the map for a pair of stoner buddies.
The three swim to the island, and narrowly avoid being spitted by marijuana farmers. Soon they encounter an idyllic group of former tourists, now settled down to a life of peace, love, and pot. But soon Richard has found that there is a dark underbelly to the beautiful civilization -- and he succumbs to that darkness...
If "Beach" had been played for light laughs, it would have worked. The funny moments are what saves the movie from utter mediocrity. But instead "Beach" insists on slipping into a painfully cliched path, and though DiCaprio does seem to be trying to salvage his character (if Richard can be called a character) the movie is too flimsy to support the weight of its intended message.
It would help if Richard weren't such a pain. He's spoiled, self-absorbed, willing to sleep with any willing female, antagonistic and amoral -- and that's before he comes to the island.
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