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    Unique ID Code: 0000009390
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 22/10/2000 02:14
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    American Beauty (US)

    8 / 10
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    ...look closer
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 122 mins
    Retail Price: $26.99
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    ...look closer at the most talked about film of the year. Intelligent, provocative and wickedly funny, American Beauty has struck a chord with audiences around the world and become a defining achievement in cinematic history.

    ...look closer at the most honoured film of the year. Winner of 5 Academy Awards, American Beauty appeared on over 275 Top 10 lists and was named Best Picture of the Year by over 65 critics. In an extraordinary directorial debut, Sam Mendes (Directors Guild of America Award) teamed with screenwriter Alan Ball (Writers Guild of America Award) to capture unparalleled praise among critics and audiences alike.

    ...look closer at the most acclaimed cast of the year led by brilliant performances from Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening as the indelible Lester and Carolyn Burnham, a seemingly ordinary couple in an anonymous suburban neighborhood whose marriage, and lives, are slowly unraveling. From beginning to startling end, American Beauty has been deemed a "flat-out masterpiece" (Rod Dreher, New York Post) that will entertain and challenge audiences to ...look closer for years to come.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    American Beauty: Look Closer... A Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Featurette with Interviews from the Award-Winning Cast and Crew
    Insightful Film Commentary with Director Sam Mendes and Writer Alan Ball
    Exclusive Storyboard Presentation with Commentary by Sam Mendes and Director of Photography Conrad L. Hall
    Digital Screenplay with Corresponding Film Footage and Storyboards (DVD-ROM only)
    Cast and Crew Biographies
    Two Theatrical Trailers
    Production Notes
    Plus, Other DVD-ROM Exclusives!

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    DTS 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Sam Mendes

    Written By:

    Chris Cooper
    Peter Gallagher
    Mena Suvari
    Wes Bentley
    Thora Birch
    Annette Bening
    Kevin Spacey

    Casting By:
    Debra Zane

    Soundtrack By:
    Pete Townshend
    Thomas Newman
    Bob Dylan

    Director of Photography:
    Conrad L. Hall

    Christopher Greenbury
    Tariq Anwar

    Costume Designer:
    Julie Weiss

    Production Designer:
    Naomi Shohan

    Stan Wlodkowski
    Dan Jinks
    Bruce Cohen
    Alan Ball

    Executive Producer:
    Steven Spielberg

    Universal Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    Oh, give me a break! A masterpiece? This? No way!!!
    I was so looking forward to this movie (I haven`t seen it in theater), but boy, was I disappointed.
    I will not bore you with the story, since I personally found it just too boring to begin with.
    The video transfer is not that good. There are a lot of scratches and a couple of blemishes as well. The artistic photography does not help. A movie of that magnitude
    (according to anyone but me) deserved a better transfer.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack and DTS soundtrack are both ok. While this is not an effect movie, the surrounds are used on occasion and quality of the sound is satisfying.
    The menus are animated and are nicely done.
    The extras include a commentary by the director, a behind the scenes look, some storyboard to movie comparison and the usual filmographies. Nothing too exciting.
    Bottom line - 5 Academy Awards? In one word - hilarious.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 22/10/2000 14:47
    10 / 10
    I have not yet received my American Beauty DVD but I saw it at cinema. This is not so much a review as a disagreement with the previous review.
    American Beauty is a great film. Funny, witty, clever etc etc.
    Everything a film should be. A deserved winner of 5 Oscars or whatever it won.
    How can the previous reviewer give it 7 and 8 out of 10 if he dislikes it so much?
    Watch this film. It is a defining moment in Cinema.
    posted by h0merj on 28/10/2000 17:51