Dallas Buyers Club 2013

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Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death.

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Director Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Director Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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146 of 149 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As a nurse during the AIDS crisis in the 1980's, it was one of the most frustrating experiences of my career. Dying men, families and friends who rejected them. Homemade signs as anyone entered town saying "BillyBob is a f*****, and he has AIDS. Funeral homes who would not take a person who had died with HIV. I could go on and on, but this film gives us a first hand experience.

"Dallas Buyers Club," directed by Jean-Marc Vallée gives us the story of a man, who had unprotected sex, mainlined drugs and developed HIV. You can find this kind of story anywhere, but it is the performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto that bring this film to life. Ron Woodroof, played by McConaughey was a real-life figure. Diagnosed with HIV he could not believe it, a heterosexual man, cowboy, rodeo man, found himself with a 30 day life sentence. Unable to be part of the AZT trials, he began exploring alternative medications, went to Mexico and got better. He became partners with the men he detested the most, and soon became friends with them.

Jared Leto, as the transsexual, Rayon, is the epitome of an actor that transcends space and time. He deserves the Academy Award for his portrayal. We become emotionally involved with these two characters as they try to save their kind, while at the same time making money by charging to belong to the 'Club' and obtaining medications to keep them alive. Fighting the FDA, the physicians, big Pharma and any legal entity , they did their thing. Both actors lost a great deal of weight fir these roles, and it shows. We are waiting for them to keel over.

Try not to come to this film with pre-conceived ideas about this community. Let yourself into the story, and believe and observe their life. It takes a strong commitment to fight this good fight. Excellent film, but the performances will overwhelm you.

Recommended. prisrob 02-04-15
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
Format: DVD
Dallas, the eighties (as in 1980s). Cue whoring, drinking, wild, and sometimes bull-riding Matthew McConaughey, who is diagnosed with Aids and given 30 days to live.

You know what, "Dallas Buyers Club" would not be that magnificent if not for the spectacular McConaughey. Do you even remember him in the early days when he was the most likely romantic hero coupled up with Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez? He is now completely reinvented. After all the superb performances recently, and losing half of his body weight to play the changed homophobe, he totally deserved an Oscar. The screen literally lights when he is on camera, he is so alive and yet he is about to die. Fighting the system which would not prescribe or let him on a trial of the new drug, he uses his thirty days to setting up and start running an illegal business (ingeniously set up "membership club") of HIV drugs for all.

Yes, he starts running the enterprise, but it's not about big money and profit. It's about odds and one man's determination to stay alive and keep alive the very people that he despised. And, believe it or not, there is a pinch of humour thrown in.

Ultimately, this is an uplifting story of abiding hope and unlikely bravery. And Jared Leto is fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jedwards on 4 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Inspiring, jaw dropping performances from both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
Admittedly I'd long heard about this film since Leto signed on and had follow his transformation which by watching the film was incredible!
This true story is well written, emotional and thought provoking, it does a fantastic job at entertaining, pulling on your heart strings, telling a wonderful true story and raising awareness.
I wouldn't hesitate at watching this film again and again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have rightly been hailed as the best things about this semi-biographical story set in 1985, that looks at the rising AIDS crisis, through the respective perspectives of a hard living electrician cum rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), and a self-destructive transgender prostitute named Rayon (Leto). However, Jennifer Garner’s earnest doctor, who comes into contact with Woodroof when he is diagnosed HIV positive, also impresses, as do Griffin Dunne as a disgraced MD who provides non-approved anti-AIDS drugs to Woodroof thus establishing the titular ‘club’, and Kevin Rankin as T.J., Ron’s rabidly-homophobic best buddy, who quickly turns on his former friend once Woodroof’s condition becomes known.

McConaughey turns method here, losing a shocking amount of weight and immersing himself in his portrayal of a man who is to all intents and purposes a nasty piece of work. Whoring, boozing, engaging in homophobic banter with his ne’er do well workmates, and generally strutting around like a misogynistic macho moron, Ron is an intensely unlikeable character – until the spectre of AIDS stops him in his tracks, and leads him to become something like a decent human being.

But it’s arguably Leto, as the disaffected Rayon, who steals the show; his tragic-comic streetwalker ultimately finding some kind of true (platonic) love with the fast-deteriorating Woodroof, after attempting (and failing) to patch things up with his estranged father. The relationship between Ron and Rayon moves from mutual contempt to mutual respect, and their relationship is what lies at the heart of this film. Having said that, despite Ron’s improved character, we still see him as essentially a user with an unquenchable carnal appetite – the scene where he meets an HIV-infected woman for the first time leads inevitably into sordid territory, and the film rightly never seeks to portray him as a hero.
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