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Blue Jasmine [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H7WGNUK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,294 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Woody Allen writes and directs this award-winning comedy drama starring Cate Blanchett, Peter Saarsgard and Sally Hawkins. Single, broke and suffering from a nervous breakdown, housewife Jasmine (Blanchett) travels from New York to San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Hawkins). While Ginger encourages her to become an interior designer, Jasmine's snobbish outlook causes her to question her sister's taste in men. Before she can find success in interior design Jasmine's lack of funds force her to reluctantly take on a job as a receptionist, but when she encounters a diplomat, Dwight (Saarsgard), who falls for her, she begins to find some hope. The ensemble cast also features Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale. The film was nominated for three Oscars and won the award for Best Actress (Blanchett) - a role for which Blanchett also received the corresponding accolade at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.

Synopsis

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lewisham Guy on 28 July 2014
Format: DVD
Although there are some funny scenes in this film by Woody Allen, it is really more a tragedy than a comedy. Over a long career, Allen's work reflects great insights into the psychology
of very conflicted people, especially women, as portrayed by Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, and now in this movie, by Cate Blanchett as Jasmine and Sally Hawkins as Jasmine's sister, Ginger.
Both deserve high critical acclaim for their evocative performances. On the surface, Jasmine and Ginger have very different lives. Jasmine got extremely rich in New York, having married a successful businessman who turns out to be a swindler; Ginger got poor in San Francisco, having a knack for picking men who are losers. But as their lives intersect after Jasmine, now destitute following the conviction and suicide in prison of her husband, moves in with Ginger, they are both extraordinarily vulnerable, yet unable to help each other while they try to work out their lonely lives and unsuccessful love affairs. Of the two, Jasmine is the less sympathetic but perhaps more interesting for her continual self-deception even as she deceives others.
Her mental and emotional unravelling is painful to see. Ginger ultimately comes to terms with reality and accepts the limits of her circumstances in life and love. The story is believable, arresting, and disturbing. Just as you expect from Woody Allen at his best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bodil Marie Sørensen on 23 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
Mr Allen and Madame Bovary,
For a whole, long life, Woody Allen has had his gaze directed toward the type of woman, who may best be compared to Flaubert's Madame Bovary: A girl/woman who believes herself to be romanticly interesting and artistically gifted. A selfcentered, egotistical person, who casts herself in the role of the femme-fatale, a woman like Blue Jasmine.
But how fatale is she really? What we see in the film is an ex-fatale, who has lost her grip, and her footing. But in some way she is fatal to herself, and to everybody else in her nearest family.
Like In Madame Bovary, a lot of role-playing and mise-en-scene is going on, instigated by Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett plays the role of Blue Jasmine in a way which challenges our compassion and prejudice. We come to like this unlikeable woman. Are we simply victims of her expert charm? After all, she has the black belt in being a trophee wife, and hostess.
Her sister, who takes her into her home and family, seems to become a victim, not just losing her fortune, but suddenly wanting to change her life. In her clumsy attempt to cast herself in a new, different role, comedy enters this tragic film, and makes everything seem lighter, though not optimistic: what we see is, that Blue Jasmine has lived a life with a wrong perception of herself, and the world surrounding her.
It is hard to believe, that she may eventually "rise like a phoenix from the ashes", and if she does, will she have learned from her experience? Or will she go on doing what she does best, and go on being the person her Mother created?
There are a couple of hints to Romanticism, my favorite, literary -ism: her name, for one. The over all theme in the film of growing up/ or not growing up. The lack of knowledge of herself.
There is a lot more to be said about this film, it is well worth seeing more than once.

Bodil Marie - With a bit of Bovary
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DavyG on 12 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
2011's sparkling fantasy "Midnight In Paris" marked a welcome return to form for Woody Allen, whose career as writer/director had seemed to flatline for a good few years previously."Blue Jasmine" continued the return, and Allen was definitely back with a bang.
"Blue Jasmine" is the story of a supremely self-centred New York socialite (Cate Blanchett) whose pampered world falls apart when her wheeler dealer husband (a superbly shifty turn from Alec Baldwin) is revealed as a crook and swindler. Now penniless, Jasmine has to throw herself on the tender mercies of her long-suffering sister (Sally Hawkins) and try to adjust to the real world, coming to terms with the simple exigencies of life such as coming off the meds and actually working for a living...
"Jasmine" features the trademark smart and sassy Allen script and great ensemble playing, but what really marks this effort out is the barnstorming central performance Allen the director draws out from an Oscar-winning Blanchett. Allen has always had a knack of delivering good roles for women, and he excels himself here. Blanchett in her turn gives us a beautifully nuanced, beautifully rounded character, who is by turn engaging,overbearing, vacuous, selfish, vulnerable and sad. By rights she should be pretty insufferable, but we love her anyway, and we're on her side.
This is a very funny film which somehow also serves as a tragedy of a life going off the rails. Ten out of ten to Cate Blanchett for the aching desperation which she brings to what will likely come to be regarded as a career defining performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Cate Blanchette deserves the Oscar for this fabulous performance as a woman who had everything and is now on the edge. Jeanette French, or as she is called now, Jasmine, arrives in San Francisco to live with her divorced sister and her two children. Jasmine has bent the ear of her seat mate, an elderly lady, on a plane from New York to San Fran. Non stop talking, the elderly lady can't get away fast enough.

Jasmine has become penniless, even though she flew First Class and has expensive luggage and wears Chanel clothing. Her husband, a Bernie Maddoff take-off played by Alec Baldwin, has died and all their money is gone. Jasmine completely deconstructs,comes apart at the seams. Her medicine she calls Edison, electricity, which means ECT's for Bi-Polar. We have no idea if she is taking any medicine other than Xanax and Vodka, but we bet not.

Sister, Ginger, played by Sally Hawkins, is generous in spirit and tries her best to help Jasmine. Ginger bags groceries, takes care of her two boys, and loves her new boyfriend, played by Bobby Connavale. Each and every performance in this film is top notch, but, no one can compare to Care Blanchette. She takes this role and leaves everyone else in the dust. I was mesmerized by her performance, as is everyone who sees this film.

This film is true life, everyone around Jasmine is reaching out to her, but Jasmine has her sights set on something big, something to help her forget her philandering husband who embarrassed her so. Jasmine has no real skills to get back to, no profession to fall back on, just her sister who is part of the working class, from which Jasmine wants to escape.
A bravura performance that will sweep all the awards. Cate Blanchette makes Jasmine all too real, her world collapsing, and she has no way to stop it.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 01-21-14
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