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August Rush [DVD]

Freddie Highmore , Keri Russell , Kirsten Sheridan    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
  • Directors: Kirsten Sheridan
  • Writers: James V. Hart, Nick Castle, Paul Castro
  • Producers: Gabrielle Jerou, Lionel Wigram, Louise Goodsill, Miky Lee
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VXMVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,867 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Modern day fairytale drama that tells the story of a young musical prodigy seeking his birth parents. Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell) is a brilliant young cellist who has just finish performing a concert in New York City. She meets Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a charismatic Irish guitar player, at a party. It's a case of mutual love at first sight as they bond over their shared love of music. It's the most wonderful night in Lyla's life but she must rush back to the hotel where her father, Thomas (William Sadler), is waiting for her. Lyla has promised to meet Louis in Washington Square, but her father forces her to go to her next concert. The young lovers are cruelly separated and Lyla is now left with child. Tragically, Lyla is in a car accident and the unborn child is lost. Eleven years have passed when Lyla's father makes the death bed confession that he secretly gave her baby boy up for adoption. August Rush (Freddie Highmore) is the child who uses his magical, musical powers to try and track down the parents who unwittingly abandoned him...

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had a deam 14 April 2008
Format:DVD
This DVD was sent to me as a surprise gift: when I saw what was inside the gift I was not really interested but eventually I decided to watch it
What a surprise! This film is like a dream where all impossible things are possible: where an abandoned baby is not destroyed by it but grows into a bright genial balanced boy, where that boy learns the guitar in a few hours and organ on the spot, where he ends up at Julliard in the composition class, where he writes his own music and conducts the premiere of it ....and I will not tell the conclusion as it would spoil it.
I loved it all: script, acting and of course the marvellous sound track...
So, I bought and got it sent to several friends and family as a surprise gift
So far every single person has been amazed and all enchanted by it
It fells so good to believe, for a short time, that a child can hold his destiny in his own hands; It feels so good when there is no two music categories; the " serious one" and the"trash"
Oliver danced and sung his sad life, August Rush listen and creates music in the quest of his parents.
I was also amazed by so many negative revues by professional critics; don't' they dream sometimes? Eventually a recommendation by one friend is the most enticing incentive.
I had a dream and when I woke up it felt good.
Don't rent it, own it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs realism?! 1 May 2008
By Lynnie
Format:DVD
The story is totally implausible, Robin Williams is completely miscast and painful to watch and yet this is still one of the most beautiful and uplifting movies I have seen in a long time.

I went online and ordered the soundtrack about 30 minutes into it. If you enjoyed the music check out Newton Faulkner's 'Hand Built by Robots' he has a similar innovative style on the guitar and a a subtle humour to his lyrics you'd probably appreciate too.

Keep an open mind and watch this movie, you won't regret it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars symphonic fantasy 5 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
I found August Rush quite difficult to get into in the early part of the film. It has been described as a modern day fairytale but I found it more of a symphony with stunning cinematograhy. And, like many symphonies initially it demands your concentration but will gradually draw you into the sights and sounds and emotions and ultimately leave your soul singing. The music is the backbone to the film and often communicates the emotions directly with little need for dialogue. If you love the mystery that is music then you will love this film.

Add this to your "must see" list ...and tell a friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 26 May 2008
By cat444
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this film! It was like no other I have ever seen before (in a good way!) For me, it is the brilliant music that makes this film truly inspiring.

Having read a few of the other reviews, I cannot understand the people who gave this film 1 star. Perhaps a couple of them should have actualy watched the film all the way through and given it a chance before writing an review!! Some feel that the story is too unrealistic, where is your imagination!? Its a modern day fairytale, it is supposed to be a little far-fetched! But dont let this put you off, let yourself go with this film and may well find it quite an uplifting experience!

Perfect for a night in with friends/family and a big big box of chocolates!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - even moreso on Blu Ray 24 May 2008
Format:Blu-ray
Only bought this film because I was trying to find something different to watch on a new Blu Ray player, and didn't want to just buy films I already owned. So I found this. And it's an amazing film. The music is almost the real star; and on blu ray, with HD sound, it looks and sounds amazing. Yes, it's sentimental, but who cares. Get it on blu ray, turn up your HD sound, and just revel in it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing!!!!! 23 April 2008
Format:DVD
I absolutely loved the movie!!! The concept of musical connection between people might not be entirely realistic, but it is a great idea and well played.
I never write reviews, but I had to do it this time as I can see that some people did not understand the movie at all and gave it very poor rating. I'm not the one to argue about others' preferences, but I do think that this movie deserves a chance. Do watch it, especially if you are into musicals.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it A chance.. 30 April 2008
Format:DVD
I was kind of forced to watch this film on a flight from New York and was pleasantly surprised. I read a review on here that said the film was so bad he turned it off in the first 25 minutes. I felt exactly the same and the only reason I didn't was I had nothing better to do. The plot seemed so unrealistic and mushy it was almost unbearable, however the soundtrack was a plus and once Robin Williams joined the film and I accepted the film was a fairytale I enjoyed it more. An hour into the film I was totally hooked and wanted the boy to find his parents and the film to reach it's inevitable happy ending. It loses a star because it is quite slow to start with and at times quite patchy, the soundtrack and the scene when the father meets his son for the first time get the film 4 stars on it's own. The ending seems a bit rushed but I would recommend this if you like a good tear jerker, appreciate music and have visited New York.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film 16 Jan 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I first saw this film in my local cinema and thought that it was wonderful. It's a musical but not in the usual way; this is a film about the mystery and magic of music. It is a modern fairy story; almost impossible things happen and incredible coincidences occur that are both very moving and uplifting. If some of the storyline seems familiar, it is really an updated version of Oliver Twist with Robin Williams as the 'Fagin' character running buskers rather than pickpockets in New York. Freddie Highmore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are magnificent.

I bought this Blu-ray disc from America through Amazon. Printed on the case is the message 'Not authorized for sale outside the USA and Canada' but it is not marked with the Region A symbol. It played perfectly on my Sony BDP-S350 which I assume is Region B only.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Loved the story line and the music. Freddie Highmore is a great actor. Robin Williams role was a little confusing.
Published 13 days ago by Phaedra Sparrowhawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting film
Have watched and re-watched this film, it's such a lovely story with a huge dollop of artistic licence but heart warming all the same!
Published 14 days ago by kathkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVD
I would recommend this film to anybody who likes to have the feel-good factor. Loved it from start to finish. No grumbles at all!
Published 16 days ago by poppypeanut
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love music you will love this film
If you love music you will love this film, August Rush is very enjoyable family movie with lots of good music and creativity in it!
Published 19 days ago by Toni Pena
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film
I bought this film for my daughter, and it is an amazing film, a really lovely story and I recommend anyone to watch it!
Published 1 month ago by karen helen tworkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars A really uplifting tearjerker that will touch your heart
I had owned this DVD for ages and despite it starring one of my very favourite actors Jonathan Rhys Myers I hadn't got around to watching it but eventually I dove in having heard... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Music lovers should enjoy
good storyline, well acted. and the script moved forward to a happy ending. The backstory and flashbacks were well placed.
Published 1 month ago by Marie Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars August Rushe DVD.
This is a super film, a wee bit predictable, but it keeps you wondering if the inevitable will happen. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon film. But and enjoy.
Published 1 month ago by Spike815
5.0 out of 5 stars we loved it
My husband and I thought it was a lovely film could have shown the family getting together at the end
Published 1 month ago by S Hinkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
goose bumps every time i hear that lovely music and him strumming that guitar

I prefer Robin Williams as a happy laughing man... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yogi Sally Ann Slight
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