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Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice [DVD] [2006]

Natalie Wood , Robert Culp , Paul Mazursky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon, Horst Ebersberg
  • Directors: Paul Mazursky
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EWOOBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,278 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A sexually liberated Californian couple, Bob and Carol, try to persuade their conservative and serious friends Ted and Alice into having a foursome together. Their friends are shocked by the idea and so Bob and Carol decide to try and improve their friends' 'boring' marriage. A now rather dated look at the morals of the 1960s. Director Paul Mazursky's directoral debut.

Synopsis

A lively comedy concerning two couples caught up in the sexual revolution of the late '60s.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Wood at her best! 18 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
Absolutely wonderful snapshot of the mores and values of the late sixties. Laugh and cringe in equal measure...you don't get acting or writing like this anymore - Can't recommend it enough.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Great movie. Sensitive. Crazy. How the hell I spent so many years without knowing the existence of this picture?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expressing Themselves 13 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
Watching Dyan Cannon and Natalie Wood morph I'm looking to let a burden go not take one on. There's too much plot and emoting that get in the way of the aesthetics. That's what I think.

- That's a cop out. Tell me how you feel.

-- What I feel?

- Yes.... Let it all hang out... ... Do you think they're pretty.... How do they make you feel.

-- Inarticulate.

- Is that how you feel?

-- Isn't the beauty of California that one doesn't have to have feelings?

- That's "heavy." What about Their feelings?

-- What about my feelings - I have to watch them "find themselves."

- How does that make you feel?

-- I think I'm going to be sick.

- If that's how you feel just let it all out...
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  46 reviews
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a camp send-up!!!!!! 20 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I see I'm going to have to stand up for this film!
This is an
incredibly insightful look at the sexual revolution, filmed even as
the changes happening in our society were still developing!!!
Two
couples struggle with the concept of fulfillment. Treating their each
and every desire for temporal pleasure as an entitlement, they come
face to face with their personal limits, and the dehumanizing aspects
of hedonism.
The end is more evocotive then Leonard Maltin ... would
have you believe.
All of them have woken up (in the evening) to
their collective morning after. They are in the elevator coming down
from their "trip." They are shellshocked. The music
swells..."what the world needs now is love sweet
love."
Love. The part of the equation they had forgotten to
account for.
They exit the elevator and walk out into the Vegas
night. Peoplo from all over the world have come to the same place,
are struggling with the same issues, trying to find someway of making
contact with each other.
Maybe I'm just an old hippie. Maybe it is
pretentious. I also know it is the film truest to that time and what
happened to that generation.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "First, we'll have an orgy. Then we'll go see Tony Bennett. " 20 Feb 2007
By Galina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Capturing the sexual revolution of the late sixties, this comedy presents two married couples, free-thinking and ready (or so they think) for an open marriage Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol (Natalie Wood) and their best friends, a more traditional couple, Ted (Elliot Gould) and Alice (Dyan Cannon). I love the film and I believe that it has aged very well. Its theme and the way it was presented are definitely not dated. Many scenes are hilarious and superbly acted by all four main characters, Gould and Cannon being outstanding. I also believe that 60s was the best dressed decade for women (don't like pirate shirts for men, though :)) and I enjoyed the beauty of the film. It's got real class that is timeless.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elephant Talk? 13 Aug 2006
By Farffleblex Plaffington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In my consumer guide mode, I should first mention one very simple way to tell whether you might like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice--do you like films that are almost all dialogue? If not, you should stay away from this one, because that's 90 percent of it. It's very poignant and often clever dialogue, but dialogue nonetheless.

A dialogue-laden film can't succeed without grand performances, and we get just that from the four principal actors. I was especially impressed with Elliott Gould, partially because I haven't always liked him in other films.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice deals with normal, middle class couples in the late 1960s who are trying to deal with and adapt to cultural spillover from the then-popular hippie movement. Bob (Robert Culp) is a filmmaker who wants to do a documentary on something of a "personal exploration retreat". While initially checking the retreat out, he and wife Carol (Natalie Wood) completely forget about the film and become wrapped up in the personal exploration taking place. When they get back home, they introduce their new approach to life and interpersonal communications to best friends Ted (Gould) and Alice (Dyan Cannon), who think that Bob and Carol have gone a bit looney. They really think that when later Carol suddenly announces that Bob had a brief affair with another woman and they're both happy with it. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice then becomes primarily an exploration of how average middle class folks deal with attempts to incorporate hippie sexual liberation beliefs into their lives.

It's a great idea, handled with aplomb by writer-director Paul Mazursky and co-writer Larry Tucker. Interestingly, Mazursky revisited the same basic ideas in Scenes from a Mall (1991), which enabled him to show how much popular cultural attitudes had changed between the late 1960s and the early 1990s. Here, the cultural clash between hippies and the middle class allows him to adeptly explore a number of themes, ranging from hippie ideals as a trend to be followed rather than ideals that are believed in for their own sake, to the psychological conflicts of intrinsic desires either against other intrinsic desires or against cultural conditioning and expectations. Mazursky employs an artful restraint so that these themes are only implicit, but they're definitely present.

The ending of the film is highly unusual but effective, although especially for me--as someone who champions extremely liberal sexuality and thinks monogamy isn't really a great idea--there was a contradictory one-two punch of being disheartening, then shortly after uplifting. The effect of the final scene was a bit enigmatically ambiguous. But I don't think that's a bad thing at all.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Intriguing 8 April 2003
By G. J Wiener - Published on Amazon.com
Certainly a movie that has publicized the sexual revolution of the sixties and seventies. Very interesting how Bob and Carol's carefree attitude about sex eventually loosens up Ted and Alice's more conservative ways.
Its interesting how Bob and Carol test their relationship with their affairs. Amusing how Carol is quicker to be more accepting of their individual affairs than Bob. Ted and Alice at first are appalled by each of their infidelities. However when they hear the reasons behind their actions, they lighten up their approaches. Bob and Carol truly love each other where their affairs are merely for recreational purposes.
Those who are intrigued by psychology or the free love generation of the late sixties will be specially interested in this video.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Feel This Film Holds Up Remarkably Well 9 May 2006
By David Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Unlike alot of the films rooted in the counterculture of the sixties, "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice" dates well because essentially it is a film that champions fidelity. How else do you expose the shallow aspects of free love without making a farce of it? Director-writer Paul Mazursky doesn't bludgeon his point home but gently tweaks it. The film is also helped that Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol(Natalie Wood) are fully-fleshed characters and not stereotypical new-agers to be mocked. You may laugh at their foibles but you do not laugh at their characters. The more interesting characters are the staid Ted(Elliott Gould) and Alice(Dyan Cannon) who the audience can probably most identify with. Ted and Alice are conservative Yuppie types who may verbalize horror at their swinging compatriots but subliminally fantasize about their lifestyle. All the principal actors are good here and the laugh quota is extremely high.
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