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  • Actors: Luis Guzmán, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Rico Bueno, John C. Reilly
  • Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D35S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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During disco's Seventies heyday, 17-year-old busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg, aka former hip hop star Marky Mark) is looking for a break when he is spotted by veteran porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds). Horner rechristens Eddie 'Dirk Diggler' and makes him a star of adult cinema. Eddie enjoys a hedonistic lifestyle on the strength of his new-found fame, but by the 1980s his popularity is on the wane, as video takes over from film and the porn industry loses its innocence. The soundtrack includes classic tracks by the Emotions, the Commodores and Marvin Gaye.

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Even if the notorious 1970s porn-filmmaking milieu doesn't exactly turn you on, don't let it turn you off to this movie's extraordinary virtues, either. Boogie Nights is one of the key movies of the 1990s and among the most ambitious and exuberantly alive American movies in years. It's also the breakthrough for an amazing new director, whose dazzling kaleidoscopic style here recalls the Robert Altman of Nashville and the Martin Scorsese of Good Fellas. Although loosely based on the sleazy life and times of real-life porn legend John Holmes, at heart it's a classic Hollywood rise-and-fall fable: a naive, good-looking young busboy is discovered in a San Fernando Valley disco by a famous motion picture producer, becomes a hotshot movie star, lives the high life and then loses everything when he gets too big for his britches, succumbs to insobriety and is left behind by new times and new technology. Of course, it isn't exactly A Star Is Born or Singin' in the Rain. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (in only his second feature!) puts his own affectionately sardonic twist on the old showbiz biopic formula: the ambitious upstart changes his name and achieves stardom in porno films as "Dirk Diggler." Instead of drinking to excess, he snorts cocaine (the classic drug of 70s hedonism); and it's the coming of home video (rather than talkies) that helps to dash his big-screen dreams. As for the britches ... well, the controversial "money shot" explains everything. And the cast is one of the great ensembles of the 90s, including Oscar nominees Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg (who really can act--from the waist up, too!), Heather Graham (as Rollergirl), William H. Macy, John C. Reilly and Ricky Jay. --Jim Emerson

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anorakus on 16 Feb. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This blu-ray release is better than the old R2 DVD in every way. The film is presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio rather than the cropped version, which was a travesty given that the film used its widescreen framing to the fullest extent. You get a pristine HD transfer and a bombastic Dolby TrueHD soundtrack - the music really kicks in, and the firecrackers in the drug deal scene will make you jump as much as John C. Reilly's character did :) The blu-ray appears to be a straight copy of the US release - you get all the deleted scenes, accessed through a plain but functional menu. I'm not complaining if the disc loads quicker :)

The only minus is that it comes in a plain blu-ray clamshell case rather than the very nice R1 DVD boxset, but I believe the US blu-ray is just the same.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Silent Bongo on 7 July 2008
Format: DVD
Ok before i start my review of this movie/DVD please note that the comments other people have made about the aspect ration being messed up are wrong! I found no problem what so ever with this disc and there was certainly no "oogie Nights" at the start!
Now onto the movie....
This film rightly deserves to be called a classic. Why? Becuase it's unique. There have been a few imitations (Wonderland is one) but non have ever come close to the sheer power and honesty of this movie. Many people see the porn industy as glamour and non stop partying. But as this movie proves there is much more to it. These people have lives and, just like you and i, they have problems. The film starts off charting the rise to fame of "Dirk Diggler" the new boy in the porn industry. And "rise" he does....but, when he falls, boy does he fall. And that is where this story really comes into it's own. The domino effect created by Dirk's downfall is one of the most gut-wrenching things you'll ever see. But it's not all doom and gloom. Boogie Nights has a sense of fun. It has a sense of what it was like to live amongst the most hedonistic of times...and that is a sheer joy to witness. All in all this movie is a must see. It's not only beautifully filmed but the acting is A+ Wahlberg is astounding as Diggler as are co-stars Heather Graham and Julieann Moore. But for me the film is completely stolen by three people:
Burt Reynolds who gives the best performace he's ever done!
Phillip Seymore Hoffman as the twitchy Scotty J
And Willam H Macy as the much dumped on Little Bill.
All in all it's s stellar cast and a phenominal movie!

As for the DVD there is one thing that irked me: Why a two disc set for such a poor set of extras?
Disc one has nothing more than a couple of commentaries.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Thomson on 8 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This is one of my favourite films of all time if not No:1. Have owned the original dvd release but was annoyed at that version not having full 5.1 sountrack and minimal extras. Blu-ray version is much improved with full surround sound now as well as a reasonable set of extras and deleted scenes. The film itself is a modern classic and has a brillant soundtrack. Tracking the rise of young Eric Adams through the adult film industry with the film firmly split into 2 with the feel good joys of early success in the industry and then the fall into the dark side with a particularly memorable, tense scene with Alfred Molina. Throughly reccomended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Agent Cooper on 8 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of my all time favourite movies, a rollercoatser from begining to end. Lots of people have written excellent reviews, so no point in me going into the plot, superb acting etc.

Some people think this was based on John Holmes, although there may be parallels, it cannot be as Dirk Diggler makes comments about Holmes' movies during the film. See "Wonderland", which was based on Holmes's life.

I will add, however the music soundtrack is amazing, one of the best Ive heard. Totally captures the era.

UPDATE 16/5/12

I just bought this again from Amazon after all the reviews of the BlueRay being remstered, I wondered if the newest release DVD was too............and it is !!!!!!! Yay !!

Much clearer, more colourful and sharper picture. Its a pity they dont tell you these things in the review, but my gamble paid off !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 May 2014
Format: DVD
Much of Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights is very amusing, but it does take a surprising turn in the last forty minutes. The influence of Pulp Fiction, made 4 years earlier, is apparent in the amoral tone of bloody scenes, and possibly La Haine in the unhinged, parallel role of Alfred Molina, before a more positive note is reasserted in the final moments. At least this last bit goes to show that porn directors can be capable of kindness, even if Jack Horner (the one shown here) behaved like a thug minutes before. It also serves to give a narrative shape to what could have been too sprawling. At times the film also comes close to mocking the limitations of its characters, particularly Eddie, otherwise known as Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) and Reed (John C. Reilly). They come across as hapless and usually a bit clueless, even if knowing about sex.

Essentially we follow the path of Eddie after he leaves his unhappy home life and falls in with a sort of surrogate family consisting of all the players in a porn company in San Fernando Valley. Mostly the character is very winning as played by Wahlberg, and the portrayal reminded me a bit of Joe Dallesandro who defined the hustler in the Paul Morrissey trilogy as a charming, footloose figure. This film has a more satirical feel, but there is genuine warmth as well, particularly from Julianne Moore, who elevates the material as she so often does. And William H. Macy is very good in a small but amusing role that brings a certain anarchy in the screenplay to the surface. The soundtrack of the film consists of almost wall-to-wall disco songs of the era which blend perfectly with the neon lights. As for Burt Reynolds, he is spot-on as Horner, and Philip Seymour Hoffmann is very good in a smaller role as a gay, rather gauche assistant.
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