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  • Actors: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
  • Directors: Damien Chazelle
  • Producers: Michel Litvak, Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 24 2015
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00QM89S16
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,753 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Terence Fletcher, an instructor known equally for his teaching talents and his terrifying methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into his band. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection soon spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.

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By bloodclay TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 29 2015
Format: Blu-ray
The performance that Miles Teller gives in Damien Chazelle’s new film “Whiplash” reminded me a lot of Robert De Niro’s in “Raging Bull”. They both play tenacious, unrelenting characters and do so in a way that can’t be forgotten and stays with the viewer long after the movie’s over. They may be pursuing different things, De Niro with boxing and Teller with drumming, but they’re each after the same goal: greatness. And that’s what this film is all about, reaching a goal that is relative to the person trying to achieve it.

In this case, it centers around a guy who never feels understood. He’s attending the most prestigious music school in the country and is constantly working to be ‘one of the greats’. Who, in his eyes, is someone like Buddy Rich. Then unexpectedly, he’s given a chance to prove his chops on the renowned studio band instructed by Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). He’s soon met with Fletcher’s abusive teaching tactics and is continuously tested under pressure. The question is, can he withstand.

It tests the psyche of a young man and shows how far a person will go for something they love and want to do for the rest of their life. That being said, it’s a harsh movie. The audience is thrown right into the pressure cooker along with Teller, and if you’re not ready for it, it can be unsettling and scary. But that’s one of the main reasons why I liked it. Not only does it test the main character, it tests the viewer. You also can’t deny the masterful performances on display and finesse that the director brings along with them. Needless to say, this is a must-see. If I had seen it in 2014, it would’ve undoubtedly made my top ten.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I will never buy an other Sony DVD, they have made it so hard to watch a movie that you need instructions from them to be able to load it in your computer, open accounts, and nuclear launch codes to be able to watch it, and you can't not watch it on a normal DVD player, it must be link to an carrier, a I ask for the bilingual version, again only in English and no other options. So me and Sony are finish, they dvd was a rip off, and I'm surprised that a three year old film has had to go through so many loops to be able appreciate it. it was a good film too bad you money sucking idiots had to get your greedy hands on it.
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Format: Blu-ray
Someone insisted that I had to see this film owing to my former occupation as a drummer. The film is explosively dramatic but way out of touch with its subject. The depiction of teaching, drumming practice and jazz in general is off the wall and grossly inaccurate. Whiplash often portrays drumming as some kind of blood-sport where you play frantically until you bleed. It was irritating having to watch so many scenes of constant flailing with tense muscles as being some sort of learning tool. I'm tempted to babble for a few paragraphs on this particular point but suffice to say that nothing good would come of it.

The portrayal of the teacher, Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) is comically over-the-top. He screams profanity and insults at his students, he throws instruments and even slaps students in the face. He rants about how it is so bad to hear "Good job", saying it breeds complacency. What I don't get is why the story seems to ultimately justify his methods. The film references a story about Charlie Parker but they have got it all wrong. There are so many loony depictions of music and musicians that I wouldn't know where to begin, but they should have done some research.

There are some decent story elements outside the school and some find the dramatic fire of Whiplash to be riveting stuff but serious musicians will likely be shaking their heads at most of the shenanigans, perhaps similar to the way that dancers viewed Black Swan. The whole exercise is all very silly and it appears that Hollywood has duped the audience yet again. And I don't get the idea that outrageous or intense performances equates to great acting. I think this film makes most involved look foolish, although mainly the director.

Rated R (USA) and 15 in UK. Consistently foul language and some content may be disturbing to some viewers.
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Format: DVD
Whiplash is the story of a young, up and coming but deeply insecure drummer who meets a teacher and band leader who is something of a cross between Genghis Khan and and Leviathan. The film takes us through the different dilemmas that the search for musical excellence brings, and it shows us many ways in which life course can be laced with deeply seated and honorable ambitions, but that somehow miss the essence of life. Is life really about being excellent at something? What if you are not, do you still have value as a human being? Is the only valued narrative in this world that of natural selection and survival of the fittest?

Although music is profoundly human and through it, humans strive for beauty, what happens when the striving for excellence takes takes place in a context that takes away both the humanity and the beauty? The film asks other questions: what do you make of a world that hurts and smears dozens so that we can praise one? How do you interpret the success of the olympian whose victory in a race is measured in hundredths of a second? Why do we seek to determine winners in this way and why do we create such insecurities that people are willing to give up their humanity to look for the praise that comes from this kind of excellence? The film ends on a fabulous, existential note. Did I mention the music is incredible? I hate to say it though...

On the down side: The representatives of what I would call "grace" in this film are weak. Of course, when we encounter weak and cheap grace, we are not drawn to it. We may even denigrate it. Throughout the film, we wish there was just one person, a mentor, a pastor, a rabbi, someone, who is able to articulate that there is something else in life that is worth the fuss. No such person shows up, leaving us with the impression that the film makers may well believe that no such persons, or perhaps not enough, exist.
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