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At First Sight (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis, Steven Weber, Bruce Davison
  • Directors: Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Oliver Sacks, Steve Levitt
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan, Roger Paradiso
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000IBL0
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Amy's blind masseur Virgil becomes her new boyfriend. When a miraculous operation retores Virgil's sight, the two discover that even the most wonderful of life's gifts can come with a price and that both of them must now look at the world in a whole new l
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 19-DEC-2000
Media Type: DVD

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There were parts of this movie that will make you wish that you were blind(and deaf) these are just all the parts that Mira Solvino was around for, I'm sorry she just can't do romanitic commidies.
Kilmer was great playing a blind man who is given his sight and has no idea how to react to it. His performance at least is something everyone should see.
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"At First Sight" delivers the basics of romantic story, but takes too long time to tell its story, so you might want to cut the tape of your own copy to make its running time much shorter. Fortunately, the two leads are very likable characters (and the film credits tell us it is based on a true story), and the chances are you never feel wasted your time.
It's about blind Virgil (Val Kilmer), who loves hockey-playing, and New Yorker Amy (Mira Sorvino), who meets Vigil at a hotel, and falls in love with him. As she found an article on the possibility of restoring sight, she suggests he take the chance (actually, the film tells that very few people had ragained their sight after long time of blindness). The operation succeeds, but it turns out much harder than he expected for Virgil to handle the situation with the newly given power of sight. For example, he cannot tell an real apple from a picture of an apple; or he cannot feel the distance between him and what he sees, so things coming in his direction would inevitably hit him in the head. Now he had to learn "seeing." The story is very good.
However, the script is too uneven. We don't need any episodes about Amy's ex-husband; though as Virgil's sister Kelly McGillis shows good performance, she sometimes delays the speed of the film, and seems to tell us too obvious things about Virgil's life. And most of all, the film is making a potentially tragic nature of the original story too sentimental. But as I said before, Kilmer and Sorvino both make such an amiable couple that you may forgive these shortcomings as the film goes on. And wait for always reliable Nethan Lane as a slightly eccentric therapist. He never fails to deliver the good moment though this time a little short.
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In watching "At First Sight," I found myself somewhat put off by the length that the movie takes in delivering its story. I was also vastly moved by the emotion and exceptional talent that the story and the actors have in creating it to life. In reaching the end of the movie, I found that even though it did seem lengthy in certain places, I was more than willing to watch the two incredible leads take us through an emotionally empowering experience that will have you seeing things in new lights.
Based on a story by Oliver Sacks about a real-life couple, the story begins when construction designer Amy decides to take a vacation from work and go to a health and beauty spa for the weekend. Driving along snowy roads, she arrives that same night, and the next morning, she goes in for a therapeutical massage. Not only is the massage therapist a blind man named Virgil, but he is also able to make her cry not five minutes into the session, and from this moment on, the two become inseparable. Upon returning to the city, Amy comes across the name of a doctor who wishes to restore site to someone willing to be the first for the surgery.
Up until this point, the story has already built up a momentus amount of emotions, most of them happy in relation to the budding relationship between Amy and Virgil, and a small amount of grief when we realize the pain the Virgil went through in the early years of his life as his father tried everything to get his son to see. Virgil's simple yet complex view upon the world is, at times, tear-jerking, especially in the abandoned building of his town where he and Amy escape to listen to the rain.
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While this movie is full of the little things needed to create a well-crafted romantic movie, and the actors are stupendous and play their parts to the fullest, the plot is just too long to sustain any understanding of the storyline. The movie starts out nicely at a good pace, with Kilmer and Sorvino falling in love at a mountain retreat. The romance looks as though it will make it through anything, until Sorvino introduces the idea of seeing again to Kilmer. This is the point at which the movie takes a long, droning turn, as Kilmer moves to New York with his new love to regain his sight. The plot jumps back and forth between the emotions of the lovers, which may confuse people with smaller brain capacities. There are too many break-ups and make-ups between the two leads, and while this movie is based on an actual story, there could've been one or two of these instances left out to sustain a steady flow. This movie is a good one, don't get me wrong, but the extended length of it makes for a bit of unpleasantness when watching it. My recommendation: rent it before buying it, so you know what you're in for.
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Irwin Winkler's AT FIRST SIGHT, ostensibly based upon a true story, begins promisingly as an affecting romance that soon takes a turn into sappy Hollywood "feel good" territory, which is a shame considering the caliber of the performances and the man in the director's seat. Mira Sorvino is quite wonderful as a woman who falls in love with a blind masseur, played with commendable plausibility by Val Kilmer. Kilmer has been blind since the age of one, and reluctantly agrees to undergo an operation at Sorvino's suggestion that may restore his sight. The big question is, will their romance weather the emotional storm ahead? Does the audience know? Does the audience care?
Despite the film's nearly 130-minute running time, the story feels rushed. An hour should have been devoted to Sorvino and Kilmer's budding romance and allowing the audience to take emotional stock of their situation, with the second hour focusing on the complications that ensue following the operation. For a theatrical treatment, it all feels so "Movie-of-the-Weekish". Both Kilmer and Sorvino are accomplished performers, and quite frankly they deserved better. The biggest problem lies with the script. The characters are not three-dimensional, and everyone says what they mean (yeah, right - just like in reality), and if they don't someone else says it for them. Nothing is left up to the audience, it's merely presented to us. A story like this requires far more complexity and emotional depth. One gets the impression the film was rushed or taken away from the director during post-production.
One can only wonder how this story would have fared under the cinematic microscopic scrutiny of Atom Egoyan.
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