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Criterion Collection: America Lost & Found: Bbs [Blu-ray] [1972] [US Import]

Peter Tork , Davy Jones , Jack Nicholson , Dennis Hopper    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Jack Nicholson
  • Directors: Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bob Rafelson, Henry Jaglom, Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writers: Davy Jones, Bob Rafelson, Carole Eastman
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 691 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZYU3SC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, haunting but little else. 27 July 2004
Having watched and loved Five Easy Pieces directed by Bob Rafelson and starring Jack Nicholson I had heard somewhere afterwards about their reteaming for this effort two years later (1972). TKOMG is not a well known film and you can see why on first viewing, it tries very hard to live up to its predecessor Five Easy Pieces in terms of creating a highly atmospheric and character driven drama piece, but its lack of clarity, clear cut plot and really 'point' is not there.
It is the tale of a shy late night radio talkshow host, unusually played by Nicholson, who is called to Atlantic City by his petty criminal brother (Bruce Dern) and his two ladyfriends (one of which is Ellen Burstyn in an early role) who has dreamed up a get rich scheme involving the purchase of an island near Hawaii. Like 5EP the tale is based around alienated characters with drifter qualities. The location, Atlantic City, is a perfect reflection of their faded characters and their hopeless dreams. Photographer Lazlo Kovacs is really the films star with his searing and melancholy depictions of the faded, lonely city.
The film is masterful in its ability to capture desperation and lonliness and the human need to dream- rather like a Tennesse Williams play, through its photography and a few particularly captivating scenes- the opening scene is fabulously original and in my opinion one of Nicholson's all time great scenes, hidden behind glasses and a serious, thoughtful face, and a scene where brothers Dern and Nicholson are riding in a faded skytower on a fairground in what appears to be a slight tribute to 'The Third Man'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rafelson's Quirky Black Comedy 20 April 2012
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Bob Rafelson's 1972 film The King Of Marvin Gardens is a quirky black comedy, which has a number of plus points, but overall, for me, is very much a mixed bag, and is much inferior to his previous film, Five Easy Pieces. Of course, the tag 'quirky black comedy' does not usually tend to lead to cinematic excellence, and Rafelson's film does not match up with some of the more impressive examples of this genre, e.g. Hal Ashby's Harold And Maude, or, more recently, the films of the Coen Brothers (Fargo, Barton Fink) or Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66.

The rather loose narrative of Marvin Gardens concerns brothers David and Jason Staebler (played respectively by Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern), and their (perhaps far-fetched) attempts to set up a holiday resort on a Hawaian island. Tagging along with them in this venture are 'girlfriends' Sally (Ellen Burstyn) and her stepdaughter Jessica (Julia Anne Robinson), and the overtly open, and hippy-ish, relationships within the foursome are rather stereotypical of films made in this era, and do rather cause the film to appear somewhat dated.

Acting-wise, all four protagonists are good, albeit they are working with a rather middling script (and film concept). Nicholson, in particular, is typically impressive, mixing a laconic, laid-back approach (for example during the brilliant opening scene where he recites a story for his radio show, titled 'etcetera') with his, perhaps more typical, bursts of animated verbal delivery.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great American cinema before the CGI rot set in. 16 Mar 2010
For me "Marvin gardens" is just as good, if not better, than "Five Easy Pieces" (a film I regard very highly). I can't agree that there is a lack of events in Marvin Gardens. The dialogue and acting is first rate. It's a very real take on the lives of ordinary people and the film takes them - and the viewer - on a journey that is poignant, moving, and shocking. That's eventful enough for me! If you want to see cars exploding or giant robots stamping through computer generated landscapes look elsewhere.
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