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Criterion Collection: Days of Heaven [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TXNDV6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Filmed mostly in twilight, in the pink flush and phosphorescent blue of sunrise or sunset, Days of Heaven is one of the most visually beautiful films ever made. Its beauty contrasts with the harshness of life during the Depression years and with the almost documentary-like observations of the travelling community in America.
The story is a tragic Hardyesque one, with a love triangle, reminiscent of the story of Abraham and Sarah, when Abraham lies to Pharaoh about Sarah being his sister rather than his wife. Pharaoh complains to Abraham that he will bring evil to his house...and that's precisely what happens to landowner, Sam Shepard.
Ennio Morricone's score is drawn from Saint Saens' The Aquarium, adding to the beauty of the film but also the sense of inevitability.
Sam Shepard and Brooke Adams are excellent (thank goodness they are not the pretty people of tinseltown!) Richard Gere is at his best ever, not quite in the habit yet of detaching himself from the emotion of the story.
Not many people know this film when I tell them it's one of my all time favourites. I've waited for it since seeing it many years ago - at last I have it for myself!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Syed T Hussain on 17 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
It is very rare to see a film that makes you wish that you could walk through the screen and just allow everything to wash over you. Days of Heaven does that! It is a total visual delight, and married with Ennio Morricone's glorious score makes it a gem of a film. Watch it and you will find that wind blowing through wheat will take on a different perspective altogether.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Swales on 29 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
In ‘Days of heaven’ we meet a anti-hero working in a foundry spending his life with a group of men, all of whom are aimlessly walking round and round in circles all day stoking a blast furnace – the furnace representing ‘Hell’ and the ‘circles’ signifying that he was trapped in a repetitive rut and could not see a way out of his dilemma.

We then see the anti-hero ‘miss’ a few ‘turns’ so as to ease his daily toil and get some respite from the constant shovelling of coal into a blast furnace to make someone else rich, and from this we learn that this person is an ‘opportunist’.

Seeing the anti-hero is in the wrong position in the ‘line’, and realising that the anti-hero has been ‘skiving’ off work by malingering, the Foreman comes over and orders the anti-hero back to work.

The anti-hero stands up to the foreman, a fight breaks out, we then see that the anti-hero is EXTREMELY aggressive and will not be ordered around – and he unintentionally KILLS the foreman and then runs away.

What we have just witnessed is ENSLAVEMENT.

Hearing that there might be work available harvesting corn on the wide open prairies of the American Pan Handle, the anti-hero ‘cons’ the person employing staff into giving the anti-hero a ‘sacking’ job – a labour intensive job bailing corn and packing it into sacks ready for distribution – a job the anti-hero has no idea how to do.

Arriving at the massive farm we see the extreme hard labour involved working each and every day from dawn till dusk bailing and bagging the corn for a pittance of a wage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Terrence Malick's "Days Of Heaven" (1978) featuring a very young Richard Gere and a sparkling new HD Video and Audio Print is unfortunately only available on an American Criterion release on BLU RAY (issued 2012).

I say this because this sought-after title is REGION-A LOCKED and therefore requires a chipped multi-region BLU RAY player to play it on if you live in either the UK or Europe. Those machines are both hard to find here and extremely expensive (compared to their multi-region DVD counterparts).

So until someone else releases this in another part of the world which we can use - "Days Of Heaven" is going to remain off limits to fans on this side of the pond for some time to come...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TrickeyMickey on 17 May 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was fortunate enough to see Days of Heaven on the big screen in the early 80s. Its stunning combination of landscape, image, sound and music was sheer sensory overload. Many people find the film's simple story lacking, but the familiar love triangle neatly encapsulates classical themes of love, desire, jealousy, murder and revenge. Traditionally these are foundations for epic tragedy, but Malick portrays the human story as insignificant within the eternal spiral of the universe. His obsession is to capture the momentous roll of day into night, the flourish and decay of the seasons and the gentle whisper of the breeze. Even the flutter of a single blade of grass has its own grandeur. The muted characters struggle for transitory life against these timeless forces. When jealousy escalates to murder, Nature takes symbolic, biblical revenge.

Days of Heaven is dominated by its legendary cinematography and score - generally acknowledged to be some of the most beautiful imagery and music ever set to film. You can lie back and luxuriate in these elements time after time and really savour the atmosphere. I know there are greater masterpieces on my shelf, and it doesn't hold up so well on the smaller screen, but this is my favourite movie and I return to it time after time.
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