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  • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester
  • Directors: Shana Feste
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, Danish, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Catalan, 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 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I1K4MQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Gwyneth Paltrow), the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (Tim McGraw) and featuring a beauty queen-turned-singer (Leighton Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

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A Nashville superstar faces a crossroads in her life in the sweet, sentimental Country Strong. While in rehab, Gwyneth Paltrow's six-time Grammy Award winner Kelly Canter has a fling with an admiring orderly, Beau (Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund). An aspiring singer/songwriter, Beau tells Kelly's manager and husband, James (Tim McGraw, Hedlund's Friday Night Lights father), that he's her "sponsor." Anxious to revitalize her career, James checks Kelly out early to send her back on tour. He may love his wife, but he doesn't know when to stop pushing. When he hears Beau's duet with former beauty queen Chiles (Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester), he adds them to the bill. En route from Tennessee to Texas, Beau discovers that Chiles is more talented and intelligent than he thought, but he remains devoted to his mentor, even though he knows they have no future. When Kelly starts drinking again, Beau gravitates towards his more stable tour mate. Writer-director Shana Feste (The Greatest) doesn't argue that love and work can't coexist, but rather that love and fame are incompatible. They certainly present a challenge, but it's a shaky thesis on which to build a film, especially when McGraw and Faith Hill, one of Paltrow's musical inspirations, serve as the exception that proves the rule. Consequently, the scenario falls apart by the final act, since someone has to suffer to illustrate Feste's point. Until then, the cast rises to the occasion, particularly Meester, who brings a breezy charm to an overly pessimistic premise. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE on 3 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Country Strong opens with the baritone vocals of Garrett Hedlund the young actor with no previous singing experience. As he sings the Merle Haggard classic 'Silver Wings' you realize he is blessed with a voice male country singers would die for. kris kristofferson mixed with Randy Travis and some Townes Van Zandt thrown in. Apparently Hedland had never played guitar before and did not want to use a 'hand model' strumming away. He spent time learning and honing his voice and playing.

Aside from Tim McGraw (previously played Hedlund's father in Friday Night Lights) who is one of Nashville's country superstars along with his wife Faith Hill, it's clear from interviews that none of the main cast had a country music background. Even Shana Feste does not talk about a love of country music. This makes the movie even more surprising.

Leighton Meester's character works less well. She is sweet but it's hard to picture her in the role of aspiring country singer. She sounds less convincing vocally than the others, a kind of pop-voice.

As the film develops, you feel the pain of Kelly Canter (Paltrow). It may be a familiar story of alcohol abuse and 'demons' but there is a twist. Canter fell off stage and lost the child she was carrying with her husband played by Tim McGraw. She had a high blood-alcohol level. Paltrow learned to sing and play guitar and the result is the most pitch perfect country music voice.

'Country Strong' the title track is a beautiful, warm and inspirational track that Paltrow sang live at the CMA Awards in Nashville, 2010. She bowled over the audience and any potential critics.

It's an uplifting, impeccably acted performance by the 4 leading actors. The only sadness is - why are there not more movies that combine country music with a Hollywood performance?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Heys on 5 Feb. 2012
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As a starter, the music in this film is great. The actors all deliver strong performances too. The story line holds you throughout the film with a lot of will they? won't they relating to all the characters. Gwyneth Pawltrow portrays her character with feeling and real emotion, and as a viewer you can feel what she's going through, and develop an emotional link with her.
For me this is a good weekend afternoon film, and is certainly worth a second viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cat Princess on 9 Oct. 2012
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This DVD is absolutely heart breaking. My heart ached for days after watching it.

It is about whah happens when a couple put fame before love. And what happens if they choose love. The cost and consequences can be absolutely devastating. It is about what deep love is and what shallow love is.

I will not give away any more, because in those sentences above you have the nugget of the whole film. But the truth that it shows will make your heart break. If only some people would realize that love is not about pushing, money or fame, but about truly putting the other person first, and not thinking of the rewards for yourself; or living your life through them.

The musical score is wonderful

Recommended if you want to cry and be absolutely done in at the end of the movie. Especially the end, is extremely painful to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. F. Daniels on 17 Sept. 2011
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Great film. Gwyneth Paltrow is not only beautiful she has a fantastic voice. Well worth watching. I loved it..... Even if you are not into country music, you will love this film. Highly recommended.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meg on 31 Aug. 2011
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Absolutely amazing, Garrett hudland is gorgeous!!! All of my friends loved it as well, so a very good buy. I loved the songs, even though I am not a country music fan.The whole cast was perfect for each role. But, all in all, a very good film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2013
Format: DVD
It's a pity the director of this film didn't make use of the talents of the actors to create an atmosphere, as it was completely lacking until the last twenty minutes, a great pity as Gwyneth Paltrow has an amazing voice. You felt no sympathy for the main character, not from bad acting but from , in my opinion, bad directing. A great shame as it could have been such a good film. "Walk the line" (The story of Johnny Cash and June Carter), was, on the other hand, a similar story but well acted and, more importantly, well directed with a gripping atmosphere from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Southern on 9 Sept. 2011
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Bit of a weak story line, and you can pretty much guess at the type of ending, but an easy watch. However the soundtrack just makes this film, and WOW Gwyneth can sing! So can the young guy who plays the upcoming country star. Great performances by the four main characters. If you like country music then go for this film as it's a winner - if you don't then move on by as the music is the main character!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2014
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Country Strong represents an excellent fusion of a Hollywood movie with some quality country music. The storyline which focuses on the stress of fame on a relationship is credible and underpinned by good acting. As the story unravelled it held my attention from a human interest perspective rather than a sense of suspense. I think the country music which accompanies the film genuinely enhances it but isn't just there as window dressing for a second rate film. I bought a further copy of this Blu-Ray disc as a gift for a country music fan and they enjoyed it too. Recommended.
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