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Brokeback Mountain [UMD Mini for PSP]

Heath Ledger , Jake Gyllenhaal , Scott Michael Campbell    Suitable for 15 years and over   UMD Mini for PSP
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Randy Quaid, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams
  • Directors: Scott Michael Campbell
  • Producers: Gustavo Santaolalla, Diana Ossana
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2006
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EF7XMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A sad, melancholy ache pervades Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee's haunting, moving film that, like his other movies, explores societal constraints and the passions that lurk underneath. This time, however, instead of taking on ancient China, 19th-century England, or '70s suburbia, Lee uses the tableau of the American West in the early '60s to show how two lovers are bound by their expected roles, how they rebel against them, and the repercussions for each of doing so--but the romance here is between two men. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) are two itinerant ranchers looking for work in Wyoming when they meet and embark on a summer sheepherding job in the shadow of titular Brokeback Mountain. The taciturn Ennis, uncommunicative in the extreme, finds himself opening up around the gregarious Jack, and the two form a bond that surprisingly catches fire one cold night out in the wilderness. Separating at the end of the summer, each goes on to marry and have children, but a reunion years later proves that, if anything, their passion for each other has grown significantly. And while Jack harbours dreams of a life together, the tight-lipped Ennis is unable to bring himself to even consider something so revolutionary.

Its open, unforced depiction of love between two men made Brokeback an instant cultural touchstone, for both good and bad, as it was tagged derisively as the "gay cowboy movie," but also heralded as a breakthrough for mainstream cinema. Amidst all the hoopla of various agendas, though, was a quiet, heartbreaking love story that was both of its time and universal--it was the quintessential tale of star-crossed lovers, but grounded in an ever-changing America that promised both hope and despair. Adapted by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana from Annie Proulx's short story, the movie echoes the sparse bleakness of McMurtry's The Last Picture Show with its fading of the once-glorious West; but with Lee at the helm, it also resembles The Ice Storm, as it showed the ripple effects of a singular event over a number of people. As always, Lee's work with actors is unparalleled, as he elicits graceful, nuanced performances from Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway as the wives affected overtly and subliminally by their husbands' affair, and Gyllenhaal brings surprising dimensions to a character that could have easily just been a puppy dog of a boy. It's Ledger, however, who's the breakthrough in the film, and his portrait of an emotionally repressed man both undone and liberated by his feelings is mesmerizing and devastating. Spare in style but rich with emotion, Brokeback Mountain earns its place as a classic modern love story. --Mark Englehart

Product Description

Drama from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy - who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Both young men seem certain of their set places in the heartland, obtaining steady work, marrying, and raising a family. Yet, they both hunger for something beyond what they can articulate. When Aguirre (Randy Quaid) dispatches them to work as sheepherders up on the majestic Brokeback Mountain, they gravitate towards camaraderie and then a deeper intimacy. Lee won a Best Director Academy Award.


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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ennis and Jack 13 July 2006
Format:DVD
Love has no rules. It happens when we least expect it, often when we don't want it, many times when we can't handle it. It often times scares you, surprises you, shakes you down to your very core. Ennis Del Mar (a remarkable Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (an emotionally available Jake Gyllenhaal) find themselves thrown together because of a job: forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild, tending to sheep in a remote region of Wyoming....on Brokeback Mountain. They fall in love: a love that they soon realize only lives and breathes on the mountain.

It's 1963, pre American involvement in the Vietnam War, post Korean War: a time in the USA when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. It was a time when men and women were pigeon-holed into unrealistic modes of behavior and anyone who ventured outside of these boundaries was thought of at best, weird at worst... perverted and in many states, criminal. Ennis himself, at an early age was witness to the ugly, disgusting results of a hate crime perpetrated on a Wyoming farmer who had lived many years with his partner. In most societies he would be venerated but in 1950's Wyoming... he became a target.

Director Ang Lee begins this film as both Ennis and Jack are waiting outside of a building, both looking for work, both down on their luck, both avoiding each other's eyes. We know, or those of us who have read the story know, what is to happen and so unfortunately we read more into that simple scene than there really is. But with all that aside, this scene of Ennis and Jack avoiding each other, dodging each others looks, staring at the ground, kicking up the dirt is nonetheless rife with sensuality and tension.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving love story 16 Dec 2007
Format:DVD
I really think this film will stand the test of time. Masterfully directed by ang lee and beautifully acted by every single actor. A classic and moving love story. dont miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! 30 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
I watched this film recently, after the sad news of Heath Ledger's untimely death. I had previously avoided the film because of all the hype, so my expectation was low. I have to say that I was simply blown away; by everything...the cinematography, the story and the acting. The performances were superb and the fact that Heath Ledger's acting stood head and shoulders above the rest just makes the loss of this wonderfully talented actor all the more tragic.
I highly recommend this film, if you haven't seen it, please do so; in fact get the DVD so you can watch it over and over again, because you'll want to.
Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist's love story is surely destined to become a classic, if it isn't already.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of movie history 8 July 2006
Format:DVD
Simply the best film I have ever seen. It restored my faith in the power of cinema to be a positive force for change and enlightenment. The first 20 minutes is lyrically paced in order to do justice to the formative nature of this period on the rest of these mens lives. The acting, writing and direction were universally excellent and it should have swept the Oscars. Not until the second viewing did I fully appreciate just how multi-layered the film is; how poor these guys were and how this determined their limited options; Ennis stubbing out a half smoked cigarette and putting it in his pocket and being so worried about the loss of a shirt;Jack Twist attempting to reseal a loose heel on his shoe by placing it in the campfire. Its classic status is already confirmed and it has to be an essential part of the collection of all cinema lovers because it rewards you more with each viewing. Watch it and, if you allow it to, it may just change your life for the better.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Caveat Emptor" 13 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
The first time I watched this DVD I felt disappointed and disaffected when I returned the disc to its box. Some 18 months on while thumbing through a stack of media, I thought I'd give it a second viewing; but this time I wasn't prejudiced. This time, 135 minutes later, I found myself emotionally "torn-open". An unprecedented reaction and somewhat debilitating. How was this, I wondered. I think now perhaps I know:
Have the DVD subtitles set "ON", as it is sometimes hard to perceive the dialogue. Every word is precious in this brilliant screenplay and none must be missed. Warning: do not expect to be "entertained". That's not what this movie is about. Make sure you are undisturbed, then just recline, relax and watch. (ideally on a large wide-screen)

The cinematic crafting is magnificent and in many ways flawless, with camera shots and colour you'd find in National Geographic. The musical score is haunting and blends perfectly with the sublime scenery. Heath Ledger's portrayal of an introvert ranch-hand, anguished and perplexed by his feelings is an astonishing performance and harrowing to watch. In fact, all the actors under the guidance of Director Ang Lee were just memorising. Sometimes their silent repressed expressions were visually "deafening" with emotion. I became totally drawn in and immersed in the lives of these perceivable characters. It was an effusive encounter.

Few people will actually 'enjoy' "Brokeback Mountain". I say this because some folk, by nature of their disposition, will inevitably be uneasy, bored and restless for the film to finish. Unreceptive to its human story, as I first was. The remaining majority however will feel intense empathy and agitation from the impact of this stunning masterpiece. A wonderful ability of this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing film. Great story
This is an amazing film. Great story, music and location. This story touches every gay man's heart s it will connect somewhere in their life. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Madhava K. Pasupuleti
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Ok
Published 3 days ago by Mr. Ds Duggan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great actors. great film.
Published 6 days ago by ZENAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 10 days ago by MR D C MACLEAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
better love story than twilight
Published 17 days ago by Alexis Willow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
Heath Ledgers best performance! (yes, even better than Joker from The Dark Knight).
For the record, this is not a movie that wholly revolves around a homosexual relationship,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film...
I thought this was a refreshing film, brilliant cinematography and sorted soundtrack. It will not appeal to all but give it a try.
Published 2 months ago by MR P I VICKERY
4.0 out of 5 stars my sister in law liked thisxxx
my sister in law liked this film so did her boyfriend havent seen it myself.was a good buy thanks jane xxx
Published 2 months ago by Jane Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film
great acting beautiful scenary & love story that not twee!!! Highly recomended watch & worth the awards that it got
Published 3 months ago by Diane Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Brokeback mountain
Very romantic story and exceptionally well acted, I never tire of watching it and would recommend it to anybody at all
Published 4 months ago by anne
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