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Criterion Collection: Harold & Maude [Blu-ray] [1971] [US Import]


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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006X64S7Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,890 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. C. Schofield on 4 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
Where do you start with this film, it works on so many levels.Colin Higgins script is bizarre, quirky,funny,poigant and carries an important message if you're going to get the most out of life.
The film is expertly directed by Hal Ashby who never lets his hand stray away from the tiller as he guides this story through the many changes of emphasise the script takes on.
I can't think of two better people to play the lead roles. Bud cort plays a young man who is obssessed with death as his poor long suffering mother tries desperately to get him to lead a normal life. Cort was a relative unknown when he took this role on but plays the part superbly,he captures Harolds eccentricities and at times disturbing strangeness very well, and knows just when to unfold Harold's character as he becomes more influenced by Maude.
Maude is played by Ruth Gordon ( Clint Eastwoods Mother in 'Every which way but loose'). Again Gordon is just a real treat in this movie. She plays the eccentric, dotty senoir citizen perfectly. She shows Harold that it doesn't matter what age you are but how you live it that makes you happy. Her scant disregard for the law and her love of life make a big impression on Harold and some of the scenes are just wonderful.I love the touching scene when Maude takes Harold back to her caravan and she sings a little song to him, so beautifully acted and directed.
I urge you to take a chance and buy this film, put it on and don't make your mind up after the first 20 minutes, keep watching and you'll be richly rewarded I'm sure.
In an age of action movies and CGI's galore it's great to see what you can do with a great script,fantastic directing and two great talents!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this film by mistake a few years ago and it completely changed how I see things. It was made for a different generation than mine (I'm 21), but I think the world would be a better place if everyone my age saw it. It's the only film I could watch an infinate number of times, in fact I always put it on when I'm not feeling my best - and even when I am! Hal Ashby is a god for making this. It's more than a film, it's a lesson in life.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By talloulah@email.com on 1 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Harold is a very confused young man, who attends funerals in his spare time. Maud is a very old lady, who has such a joy for life, you immediately love her. When they meet at a funeral the story is set.
Maud teaches Harold how to enjoy life and that it is there to be lived. She pulls some wonderful stunts and it leaves you wanting to go out and do what she is doing now before you get to her age. It also makes you realise that life is there for the taking and to be grabbed by the throat and lived to the full.
Although it should be a sad ending, it gives you hope and makes you wonder at life and love.
It is a wonderful film, full of fun, laughter and joy and a must for anyone who loves to see life from a different point of view.
It also has a wonderful sound track by Cat Stevens, which fits is ideally with the mood of the film.
Things to watch out for are at the very start of the film when Harolds mother is trying to pair him off and his numerous (non serious) attempts at suicide.
A lovely, warm film suitable for all.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Truman on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
I'll be the first to admit that in some ways this film hasn't aged well. It was filmed in the early seventies and looks every bit it's age. But underneath the rough exterior, there's a fantastic film here - one that's funny, moving, intelligent and downright weird in places. Yes, the story is about a 20-year old man/boy falling in love with a 79-year old woman, but what's so remarkable about this film is that it's done is such a wonderful way. It's not disgusting, or creepy, or sick - it's love, which is never wrong, just sometimes strane. The film is full of fantastic little touches that a less-compentent director might have messed up, but Hal Ashby was a director who understood film and he doesn't put a foot wrong here. The film also has a fantastic soundtrack made up of Cat Stevens songs, and if you're not humming the tune for "If you want to sing out" at the end, then I pity you. Harold and Maude is everything you could possibly hope for in a film - PLEASE buy it!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
Briefly, Harold and Maude is an early seventies film waking up from the hangover at the end of the sixties. It's a highly creative and well crafted account of a bizarre set of relationships between Harold (Bud Cort), death (Goths will like this bit!), cars (E-Type Jaguar hearse), his rich and societal mother and a fabulously delinquent senior citizen Maude (Ruth Gordon).
You'll either find it sick or inciteful, adolescent or poignant. It's one of my favourite films of all time and has the added benefit a lovable Cat Stevens sound track.
Watch this film and start to understand the diversity and creativity that underpinned the seventies arts scene.
Jab
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paolo on 28 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Well! i don't quite know what inspired me to buy this video, but it has to be one of the best decisions I ever made. ( Not least because i now have a favourite film that nobody in my generation - 19 - has heard of. )
The film asks a lot of you. It makes you question the boudaries of love and whether they actually exist. It invites you to laugh at the dark side of things and the playful mock-suicides of Harold, as well as the pure energy and joy of Maude's view on life. It leaves you inspired by the union of two completely different people. It basically does everything a movie should.
The music fits the movie perfectly, and the characters are so wondefully crafted that you find yourself laughing at them without knowing why. Like Harold's mother constantly trying to set him up, and answering a dating questionaire for him. That said, the film is covered in very black overtones, which make it moving and mysterious.
A masterpiece.
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