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  • Actors: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Nick Hornby, Scott Rosenberg, Steve Pink
  • Producers: Alan Greenspan, D.V. DeVincentis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Z8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

DVD Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Interview with Stephen Frears
Interview with John Cusack
Theatrical Trailer
Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Hebrew, Greek


Transplanted from England to the not-so-mean streets of Chicago, the screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-classic novel High Fidelity emerges unscathed from its Americanisation, idiosyncrasies intact, thanks to John Cusack's inimitable charm and a nimble, nifty screenplay (co-written by Cusack). Early-thirtysomething Rob Gordon (Cusack) is a slacker who owns a vintage record shop, a massive collection of LPs, and innumerable top-five lists in his head. At the opening of the film, Rob recounts directly to the audience his all-time top-five breakups-- which doesn't include his recent falling out with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), who has just moved out of their apartment. Thunderstruck and obsessed with Laura's desertion (but loath to admit it), Rob begins a quest to confront the women who instigated the aforementioned top-five breakups to find out just what he did wrong.

Low on plot and high on self-discovery, High Fidelity takes a good 30 minutes or so to find its groove (not unlike Cusack's Grosse Pointe Blank), but once it does, it settles into it comfortably and builds a surprisingly touching momentum. Rob is basically a grown-up version of Cusack's character in Say Anything (who was told "Don't be a guy--be a man!"), and if you like Cusack's brand of smart-alecky romanticism, you'll automatically be won over (if you can handle Cusack's almost non-stop talking to the camera). Still, it's hard not to be moved by Rob's plight. At the beginning of the film he and his coworkers at the record store (played hilariously by Jack Black and Todd Louiso) seem like overgrown boys in their secret clubhouse; by the end, they've grown up considerably, with a clear-eyed view of life. Ably directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons), High Fidelity features a notable supporting cast of the women in Rob's life, including the striking, Danish-born Hjejle, Lisa Bonet as a sultry singer/songwriter, and the triumphant triumvirate of Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, and Catherine Zeta Jones as Rob's ex-girlfriends. With brief cameos by Tim Robbins as Laura's new, New Age boyfriend and Bruce Springsteen as himself. --Mark Englehart,

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bizmandan on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
I have heard of this film for many years, it's one of those films that keep on popping up in "all time greatest movie" lists. But although I was always completely aware of it, I never really knew what it was about.

At face value, High Fidelity looks like a movie about the girl troubles of a 30-something record collector obsessing over his most recent breakup, but just below the surface is a witty but knowing story about a man slowly waking up to the fact that he's been emotionally stuck in adolescence and realizes it's time to start acting like an adult (which means accepting the knowledge that there's more to know about his partner than what records she likes).

When I found out that the book this film is based on is by Nick Hornby I realised what I found so likable, as one of my all time top favourite films is "About a Boy", another Hornby adaptation.

While one doesn't have to be a music buff to enjoy the movie, they've packed the film with enough knowing musical references to satisfy even the most cynical hipster; anyone who has spent much time in a used record store will feel right at home at Championship Vinyl. And though Cusack's performance, funny and charming but with enough bile to give him a few sharp edges, dominates the film, the supporting cast, especially Jack Black, really does hold it's own.

Although they are all arrogant hipster nerds, High Fidelity's characters have just enough depth so that they seem genuine and believable, and there's a lot to be learned from the lessons about struggles with romance and maturity, even if you don't know (or care) how much a French pressing of Captain Beefheart's Safe As Milk fetches these days.

A great film that is reminiscent of films like "About a Boy" and "Alfie" just a little less sentimental and a little more man friendly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2008
Format: DVD
A bloke flick - exploring the emotional wreckage of a man coming to terms with rejection. We've seen it many a time with a female lead, but now we get to see it from a mans point of view.

Cussack brings energy to a role which is pretty, well... unenergetic. This is a slow burning film, and you often don't realise that you're enjoying it until it's finished. It's a cultural gem with top five lists galore and some fantastic music - but being set in a music shop, I suppose you expect that.

Rob (Cussack) provides narration throughout the film, so we always get an insight as to what he is thinking, and perhaps more importantly; what he is feeling. His story is an interesting one, although not particularly eventful, it is insightful. The comedy isn't thick and fast, but when it's there, it's good. All men can identify with Rob, even if they haven't had the same sort experiences, they will no doubt have had the same insecurities at some point.

People often say that any film with Jack Black in is bound to be a good one - I'm a Jack Black sceptic though and I can't say I enjoy all of his roles. But here he shines. His over-the-top socially inept 'Barry' with with holier than thou philosophy on music provides many of the films lighter moments, and along with Dick (Todd Louiso), Rob has a comedy duo to counter his dark lamenting.

So, in a nutshell: an emotional journey exposing the mindset of a thirty-something male who is dumped. Slow but steady, this is a film that deals with love, loss, and relationships - but feels blokey with it. The film never delves into the mushy depths of cheesiness, it keeps it's dignity and the slick writing oils the tracks to ensure you never lose interest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LD5 on 29 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
The first time i watched this i watched it at the cinema, a lover of john and joan i figured it'd be another one to love...
but something dreadful happened.
i watched it with two friends who would have preferred to have been watching bambi or the like... they hated every minute they were in there. There was a couple behind me who yawned, huffed and puffed and eventually fell asleep. There was another couple in front who snogged each other incessently throughout and eventually walked out near the end, and all i could do was be concerned that i'd dragged my friends to see a film they hated, get annoyed with the couple behind, and considering the films content, wonder why the couple in front had chosen this of all films... and i ended up disliking the film.
skip a few light years and another friend is waxing lyrical about high fidelity and i am telling her above story, and she says, "oh you really should watch it again" but out of loyalty to john and joan, i went one better, and i bought the thing.
and two weeks ago, i finally watched it, dreading that i was going to actually properly watch it this time and hate it just as much with no excuse for my bad taste.. but then...
and boy, it's time to feel good. I smiled ear to ear for an hour and a half, or however long it is, it went so much quicker than the last time, and it was fabulous! Jack Black is storming and Joan, as always, is fabulous and funny and seething with bitterness... brilliant!
why did i tell you that rather long and uninteresting story? well my point is this; this film needs your full attention, it's no good watching it with a mate who you know has a tendency to talk through films, or indeed one who would prefer to be watching bambi...
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