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Company [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Neve Campbell , James Franco , Robert Altman    DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Neve Campbell, James Franco, Malcolm McDowell, Barbara E. Robertson, William Dick
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Neve Campbell, Barbara Turner
  • Producers: Christine Vachon, David Levy, David Ley, Dieter Meyer, Hannah Leader
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAOPM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,430 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This film is a visual delight. It enraptures your senses ... even if you find yourself waiting for the story to begin. It is neither a documentary about the life of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, nor is it conventional fiction. There is little that could be described as a plot. The fascination is in the performance and sense of intimacy Altman creates.
Director Robert Altman has a naturalistic style. Working without a plot is not unusual - "Gosforth Park", for instance, has a very fragile structure. He tends, instead, to observe the characters interact, to focus on what makes the characters tick: his 1970 hit, "M*A*S*H", is perhaps the most widely seen example - there are sub-plots ... but no real plot other than survival.
Altman's concern is with interaction. The characters, here, are the dancers in the ballet company. They are artists, they work longer and harder than any other artist, yet they are treated like high school kids - they cram into a locker room to get changed, work hours every day, risk career threatening injury, and earn barely enough to keep a roof over their heads.
Altman portrays the pain - the blisters, bruises, muscle tears, the corns, plasters, bandages, the endless pressure. He makes it clear that the dancers can be expendable - they are rarely consulted about the art they perform, but are often patronised or bullied.
Altman has a critical perspective. The dancers provide a spectacle for an elitist audience - who may have to suffer the inconvenience of rain during an open-air production, but who clearly don't otherwise suffer much for their art. For them, the ballet is a social occasion, one in which they are presented with the seemingly effortless. Even the onstage injury of a dancer is concealed - a substitute takes her place ...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This film is a visual delight. It enraptures your senses ... even if you find yourself waiting for the story to begin. It is neither a documentary about the life of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, nor is it conventional fiction. There is little that could be described as a plot. The fascination is in the performance and sense of intimacy Altman creates.
Director Robert Altman has a naturalistic style. Working without a plot is not unusual - "Gosforth Park", for instance, has a very fragile structure. He tends, instead, to observe the characters interact, to focus on what makes the characters tick: his 1970 hit, "M*A*S*H", is perhaps the most widely seen example - there are sub-plots ... but no real plot other than survival.
Altman's concern is with interaction. The characters, here, are the dancers in the ballet company. They are artists, they work longer and harder than any other artist, yet they are treated like high school kids - they cram into a locker room to get changed, work hours every day, risk career threatening injury, and earn barely enough to keep a roof over their heads.
Altman portrays the pain - the blisters, bruises, muscle tears, the corns, plasters, bandages, the endless pressure. He makes it clear that the dancers can be expendable - they are rarely consulted about the art they perform, but are often patronised or bullied.
Altman has a critical perspective. The dancers provide a spectacle for an elitist audience - who may have to suffer the inconvenience of rain during an open-air production, but who clearly don't otherwise suffer much for their art. For them, the ballet is a social occasion, one in which they are presented with the seemingly effortless. Even the onstage injury of a dancer is concealed - a substitute takes her place ...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Altman does the ballet world - "I hate pretty!" 22 Mar 2007
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This movie is not a documentary, neither does it have a story / narrative driving events. It is an undisputably Altman-esque view of life in a successful ballet company, in this case the Joffrey Ballet Company.

This means that events simply unfold in a matter of fact and realistic way, with characters stumbling over phrases and talking over each other in a way that gradually convinces you this is a peek into real life rather than a `movie'. If ballet, in particular modern ballet, fascinates you, and you like Altman's style of direction, then this is the movie for you.

Having said that, if ballet does NOT fascinate, you may well be left cold by a movie which has no story to tell, but rather purports to show real life instead.

The performances are fantastic, as you would expect from Robert Altman. Malcolm McDowell is a treat as the ballet director.. a role that Roger Ebert astutely observed is very like Altman himself, overseeing the creative process with one eye always on the budget, and those around him subject to his acerbic put downs, or throwaway praises. More than once he shouts out `You're a genius!' while simultaneously walking out of the room and already thinking about something or someone else. During the ballet training, you can feel the dancers groan as he interrupts shouting out `What are you doing! You made it pretty! I HATE pretty!'.

Neve Campbell was the driving force behind getting the movie made. She trained in Canada as a ballet dancer, and put in 4 months of training to get in shape for this role. It was she who persuaded Altman to make the movie, after his initial disinterest. This makes it all the more remarkable how un star-like a vehicle this is for her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars This is for hardcore dance fans only, not just for light fun
found it difficult to understand and boring to watch, just wasn't entertaining enough to catch my attention for long enough.
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Hawkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Great dancing...but boring film!
If you love dance, then watch this on FFwd and just press play every time you get to a dance section. The Joffrey ballet are great, and they've included lengthy dance excepts. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mrs SJ Moson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good company indeed
I saw this film at the cinema first time round and loved it instantly. I am a fan of Robert Altman anyway and appreciated this feature on a basic level first time round as a sweet... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
I liked this film, its overlaying of fiction and reality, the beauty of the staged numbers, some of which are superbly imaginative and colourful (the last one, for instance, with... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by schumann_bg
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring boring boring
I thought this film might be nice for my daughter (12) who loves ballet. It isn't. It's got some pretty bald-face sex in it, and a few choice words that aren't appropriate. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by Crabbypink
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for the balletomane
Essential viewing for the balletomane! Naturalistic - almost a documentary - with wonderful dancing and beautifully understated acting. Love it.
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Cherry Radford
4.0 out of 5 stars The Company DVD
If you're really unsure on if you want to buy this DVD i recommend watching the trailer as that is all it took for me to love this movie so being able to to watch the enitre thing... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by Tiffany
1.0 out of 5 stars Bored Bored Bored!
Was really looking forward to this but found there to almost no storyline, and what little there was I gave up caring about within about half an hour, beautiful dancing but thats... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by meplustwo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show
I thoroughly enjoyed this - even if it didn't have a plot!. Great fun for non-dancers to get a glimpse of rehearsals, backstage etc. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2008 by Margaret Swift
1.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning, ultimately tedious
This appears to have been a film that was made to be much longer and has been cut to within an inch of its life. The dancing is spectacular, but the plot is scant. Read more
Published on 18 May 2008 by Arts Enthusiast
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