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State of Play (2009) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright
  • Directors: Kevin Macdonald
  • Writers: Billy Ray, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Paul Abbott, Tony Gilroy
  • Producers: Andrew Hauptman, Debra Hayward, E. Bennett Walsh
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2012
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002DU39H6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,433 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe leads an all-star cast, including Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams & Helen Mirren in the blistering thriller about deception, manipulation & corruption. When D.C. Reporter Cal McCaffrey (Crowe) is assigned to investigate the murder of an assistant to an up-and-coming politician (Affleck), he uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the nation’s power structures. In a town of spin-doctors and wealthy power brokers, he will discover one truth: when fortunes are at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is safe. From director Kevin Macdonald of The Last King of Scotland, State of Play brings together gripping performances, riveting suspense and is “sophisticated, intelligent and powerful” (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV).


The superlative British miniseries becomes a smart, soap opera-free film courtesy of The Last King of Scotland's Kevin Macdonald. His writers, including Tony Gilroy (the Bourne series) and Billy Ray (Breach), haven't simply condensed and Americanized the six-hour series--they've reinvented it. Now set in Washington D.C., veteran journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe, replacing Brad Pitt, who dropped out over script changes) still collaborates with editor Cameron Lynne (a delectably imperious Helen Mirren) and junior reporter Della Frye (Rachel McAdams) on a story involving Cal's politico pal, Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), but there's a new subtext behind their plunge into sex scandals and corporate malfeasance, since this State of Play also eulogizes old-school beat reporting, and in interviews, Macdonald has acknowledged the influence of newsprint classics like All the President's Men (the Watergate Hotel even shows up as a location). So, while Cal and Della, the Globe’s blogger, try to determine whether the congressman’s aide Sonia (with whom he was having an affair) died at her own hands or the hands of another, they're also fighting for their careers and the survival of their ailing paper. Stephen's political rival Senator Fergus (Jeff Daniels), does his best to stymie their efforts, but PR flack Dominic Foy (Jason Bateman) becomes a reluctant ally. Though fans of the series may miss a few characters, like Cameron's son (played by James McAvoy in the BBC version), Oscar-winning documentarian-turned-filmmaker Macdonald remains true to its spirit. Be sure to stay through the poignant end credits, during which he returns to his doc roots. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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This film is a bit of a challenge to watch. There are a lot of characters, a lot of plot twists, and some pretty long side trips (tangents).
Russell Crowe plays Cal, a newspaper reporter who has pretty much seen it all and done it all (aside from working out or cutting his hair). A young woman dies at a subway station, but all is not what it seems. Turns out the woman worked for Cal's old room mate at college (played by Ben Affleck). The room mate is having marital problems, but not because of the current affair. Newbie reporter Della (Rachel McAdams) wants to be a "real" reporter instead of just writing blogs, and the story is in part told from her point of view. Like us, she doesn't always understand the ins and outs, the who-has-shared-whose-bed, corporate cover-ups, or why the world works the way it does in Washington, DC, and when things are explained to her, we too finally understand. There are double crosses, triple-crosses, backstabbing, word plays, behind-the-scenes skullduggery, and plot twists that will keep you guessing right till the end of this film, which in some ways reminds me of oldies such as "All the President's Men".
Russell Crowe once again made himself into the character, which, unforunately, meant gaining enough weight to make him look like constipated hippo when he runs, and his hair is often a character unto itself as it flies across his face. He looks the part of a "Too old and tired to care" reporter who is one mistake away from being unemployed, and the other characters are believable too, including Helen Mirren, who plays Cal's snippy and sarcastic boss.
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While my wife & I remember thoroughly enjoying the original BBC production, we couldn't really remember the plot so we watched the American re-make with fresh eyes (in much the same manner as Edge of Darkness). Crowe is excellent as the shabby but tenacious & principled reporter and although Afleck's performance as the politician at the heart of the corruption is a little wooden, he looked the part and at least he wasn't mumbling too much this time so we didn't need the subtitles. I'm not sure that casting Helen Mirren as the newspaper editor was quite right; it was not a major role and the multiple expletives did not seem either necessary or natural. That being said, the plot is suitably convoluted and the film generally rolls along at a satisfying pace. There was, however, a bit of "missing the bleedin' obvious" in the early part of the investigation into Afleck's researcher's death which spoilt the plausibility and deadened the pace slightly.

Although I don't really approve of the current Hollywood penchant for remakes (it smacks of laziness and a lack of imagination), this film is a very creditable conspiracy thriller in its own right and the edgy conflict between old-school and modern journalistic ideals (represented by Crowe and McAdams respectively) is a nice original touch. It's definitely a film we'd re-watch and we're tempted to get the BBC original, if only for its superb cast.
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I am a fan of Russel Crow and like most of his movies, and this one is included. He makes most of his movies believable and State Of Play ranks at a 3.5 Star rating for this reason alone. A lot of movies in this genre can seem over stated or has poor acting and cinematography. State Of Play is not one of those and can be added to your collection at least. The Blue Ray just gives a good movie more realism. Of course the price makes it worth your consideration.
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I love this movie and have watched it several times. I think it shows Russell Crowe at his best as far as his acting skills go. Down to earth, regular guy doing his job. Critics may not agree with me but I rarely agree with them either and never use their critiques to decide if I want to see a movie. I know what I like and I like this movie very much!!
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great movie, thanks
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