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Closer [DVD] [2004] [2005]

Julia Roberts , Jude Law , Mike Nichols    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen
  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: 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: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Q6S1M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four extremely beautiful people do extremely horrible things to one another in Closer, Mike Nichols' pungent adaptation of Patrick Marber's play that easily marks the Oscar-winning director's best work in years. Anna (Julia Roberts) is a photographer who specializes in portraits of strangers; Dan (Jude Law) is an obituary writer struggling to become a novelist; Alice (Natalie Portman) is an American stripper freshly arrived in London after a bad relationship; and Larry (Clive Owen) is a dermatologist who finds love under the most unlikely of circumstances. When their paths cross it's a dizzying supernova of emotions, as Nichols and Marber adroitly construct various scenes out of their lives that pair them again and again in various permutations of passion, heartbreak, anger, sadness, vengeance, pleading, deception, and most importantly, brutal honesty. It's only until you're more than halfway through the movie that you'll have to ask yourself exactly why you are watching such a beautifully tragic tale, as Closer is basically the ickiest, grossest, most dysfunctional parts of all your past relationships strung together into one movie. Ultimately, it falls to the four actors to draw you deeper into the story; all succeed relatively, but it's Law and Owen whose characters will cut you to the quick. Law proves that yet again he's most adept at playing charming, amoral bastards with manipulative streaks, and Owen is nothing short of brilliant as the character most turned on by the energy inherent in destructive relationships--whether he's on the giving or receiving end. --Mark Englehart

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A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. CLOSER is director Mike Nichols' critically acclaimed look at four strangers - Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen - with one thing in common: each other. Adaptedby Patrick Marber from his award-winning stage play, CLOSER "VIBRATES WITH EROTICISM, BRUISING LAUGHS, AND DYNAMIC PERFORMANCES. CLOSER IS A TRIUMPH!" - Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Talent 5 - ; Sum Of Its Parts - 0 3 May 2005
By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen are all brilliant actors and Mike Nichols almost always directs films that last forever in their emotional depth. (Check out his resume). Patrick Marber wrote the original stage play and it almost makes me want to seek it out in its truest form, as this film brought out nothing in me other than cynicism and dismay. In fact, the main emotional themes seem to be neurotic passion, heartbreak, sadness, anger, evil vengeance, pathetic pleading, deception, and honesty to the point of brutality. Some may find this an interesting exploration of emotions mixed with complex personalities in confusing circumstances. Some call this entertainment, but I think all involved could have done much better. This is a very personal film and one that can only be interpreted by the viewer. I found it very, very bleak.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect antidote to Love Actually 21 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's really hard to understand a lot of the reviews that have categorically trashed the film here. I can appreciate that an older, or more sheltered, audience would maybe find the film a tad too raw and brutal to enjoy; I'm pretty sure that someone like my grandmother would have a minor stroke at some of the language used. Then again, maybe not... she's a game old bird, come to think of it. But if you recognise the world this film depicts with ruthless honesty, I think you'll find it resonant, at least on some level, and ultimately very thought-provoking indeed.
Basically, I think the major problem with a lot of the most viciously negative reviewers here is that they seem to be lacking a sense of humour. I found Closer to be a very dark, very bitingly funny black comedy. It's not easy to get me laughing during a movie, but I really did howl in parts of this one. But then, an instant later, one of the leads would make an unutterably cruel remark, or a profound comment, or a tragic admission, and that would act like a sharp blow to the stomach, and the laughter would dissolve into something a lot more thoughtful and poignant.
I'm not saying this is a perfect film, though. There were quite a few lines in the script that I felt I'd heard before in some other hackneyed soap opera of angsty relationships, such as 'Please don't do this' etc. Maybe it's because a lot of these lines were delivered without any real emotional oomph or imagination by Julia Roberts, and sometimes by Jude Law. Both of their performances were generally solid, but there were two particular scenes focused on both their characters which did fall very flat. Thank God for Clive Owen's performance- he was riveting.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pseuds' Corner 17 Dec 2007
By International Cowgirl VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I'm sorry but this is pretentious nonsense and somebody has to speak out!

I used to love (screenwriter) Patrick Marber in The Day Today and I thought his adaptation of Zoe Heller's 'Notes on a Scandal' was pretty good stuff, but this is just total dross and I can't believe anyone thinks otherwise. It's not like I spend my life watching Rambo films - name pretty much any poncey film and I've seen it twice and got the t-shirt - and I have absolutely nothing against the 'mature themes' that others have mentioned. But 'Closer' is in fact mind-bogglingly immature, like an erotic story written by a virgin. Tee hee, Natalie Portman is a stripper, Clive Owen surfs dirty websites at work, everyone jumps in and out of bed with each other... Aren't we big and aren't we clever? Well, no, actually, and dialogue such as 'I love you. I need a p*ss' is like something out of a sixth-form play.

No surprises for guessing that this was, in fact, adapted from Marber's own stage play. Everything has the ring of artificiality, and the dialogue is horribly arch and self-satisfied. The whole thing is one big Neil La Bute rip-off. Wisps of character drifting about saying unlikely things in sneery voices and swearing a bit to show how marvellously cutting edge it all is. (The funny thing is, I kind of like Neil La Bute. There's an air of originality to his work, no matter how annoying. But sloppy seconds are an entirely different matter.) Clive Owen is probably the worst offender. He can barely deliver a line here! He's so awful I almost want to cry. I hope Julia Roberts worked for free because she's barely in it. Even when she's on screen you don't notice she's there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
First and foremost, I would like to say that I loved the movie. However, it does not compare to the stage version that I seen a few years back at the Edinburgh fringe. One fundamental would be the Jude Law and Julia Roberts characters, I felt they relied far too much on their "Star Quality", especially Roberts, I think she thought "I know, I think I'm going to turn up today and say the lines... and thats it". There was no character, no pathos. Law faired slightly better, but only slightly. Whereas in the stage version, you get the characters raw and you can read them more clearly than you can on screen, or maybe the actors I seen on stage were just better. When watching the movie you can tell that it is a stage play. The sets could easily be on stage and the script has play written all over it. For me the movie belongs to Portman and Owen, who steal all scenes they are in, and the scenes with them together are electric with chemistry. You can tell that they actually prepared for the role. It is a great movie that, at points, makes you feel uncomfortable, because you do realise that this is in fact the world we live in, and people like this actually do exist. But do you still empathise with them... I do, kind of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it because of the play I did and the ...
Loved it because of the play I did and the lovely people I met throughout my course! The film is no way near as good as our play, but love the theme song and also love Natalie... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura82
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather read Vogue
Thin plot, 2D characters. Only managed to watch one third of the film...just dont care for characters. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I was completely happy and satisfied with the product. The product is everything I imagined and I was pleased with the price and packaging.
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Cynical
I wonder why I have never seen this film before, it came out as the same year as Love Actually but couldn't be more different in tone. It is deeply cynical and raw. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I first saw this film at the cinema and really loved it. I just adore Jude Law and Clive Owen in this film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dmytryszyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Jude Law!
I have always had this film since it came out, I often watch it with the girls and never get bored of it
Published 14 months ago by Sam_C
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
This movie definitely gets a five star rating from me!
Very romantic with a bittersweet ending, great value for money too!
Published 14 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Personally didnt like this film at all......very depressing, great line up and story was acted out well but not a very happy film to watch :-(
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Angela Read
5.0 out of 5 stars kudos!
I watched this movie at HBO and I loved it. Excellent DVD quality.
A very realistic movie. Highly recommended.
Best wishes !
Published 18 months ago by Iulia D
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