- Actors: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, English, Korean
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
- Release Date: March 25 2008
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0010YVCI4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,304 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Bonnie and Clyde (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Bonnie and Clyde: Special Edition (DVD)
One of the landmark films of the 1960s, Bonnie and Clyde changed the course of American cinema. Setting a milestone for screen violence that paved the way for Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, this exercise in mythologized biography should not be labeled as a bloodbath; as critic Pauline Kael wrote in her rave review, "it's the absence of sadism that throws the audience off balance." The film is more of a poetic ode to the Great Depression, starring the dream team of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the titular antiheroes, who barrel across the South and Midwest robbing banks with Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman), Buck's frantic wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and their faithful accomplice C.W. Moss (the inimitable Michael J. Pollard). Bonnie and Clyde is an unforgettable classic that has lost none of its power since the 1967 release. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Clyde Barrow (Beatty) rescues Bonnie Parker (Dunaway) from her uneventful life back home and promptly plunges her into a life of crime. In a country where despair has become a way of life thanks to the Depression, the bank robbers become heroes to the common folk who have been victimized by the instruments of capitalism. Relying on their wits and a touch of good fortune, the young lovers evade the law while basking in their newfound fame but their luck eventually runs out and they meet their end in a hail of bullets.
"Bonnie and Clyde" is infamous for introducing a new level of graphic violence to cinema by way of its final shoot-out. However, that one aspect of the film tends to overshadow its other accomplishments. The moral ambiguity running throughout the film distinctly separated it from the "white-hats-and-black-hats" characterizations of past Hollywood heroes and villains. This problematic approach to morality was a byproduct of the upheaval society itself was undergoing in the late-Sixties as it was discovering how difficult it was to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys in the real world. The film also went to great pains to appear as realistic as possible. Difficult themes in film were often satirized or exaggerated to soften its impact on the audience, but Penn created such an authentic feel to "Bonnie and Clyde" that the line between fantasy and reality became uncomfortably blurred. Throw in solid supporting work by Estelle Parsons, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, and Gene Wilder to complement the film's other aforementioned accomplishments and what you have is milestone work whose impact on the medium has been far-reaching.
Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) begin a life of robbing banks during the Great Depression, more for something to do than for the money itself. Soon, however, Clyde has brought on his brother, Buck (Gene Hackman) and his new bride, Blanche (Estelle Parsons), as well as kooky driver, C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard).
Gradually, the tone of the film changes; a humorous first act introduces the characters, in the second act Bonnie starts wanting to go home, and in the blood-soaked third act where we see the heartbreaking conclusion.
The performances are sublime; Beatty plays Clyde as a little boy trapped in a man's body, corrupted by his jailbird brother and the need to make his mark. Faye Dunaway is luminous as Bonnie, seduced by Clyde and by a reckless lifestyle that is so colorful compared to her dull small town. Michael J. Pollard and Gene Hackman are superb. Estelle Parsons (in her Oscar-winning performance) is heartbreaking as the loyal Blanche who unquestioningly follows Buck even though she already knows the outcome.
With cracking direction by Arthur Penn, a screenplay by David Newman & Robert Benton and a jubilant musical score by Charles Strouse, BONNIE AND CLYDE is a true classic.
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