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Ice Storm [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Kevin Kline , Joan Allen , Ang Lee    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Tobey Maguire
  • Directors: Ang Lee
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7CEC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Asian American director Ang Lee sums up America in the early 1970s by focusing on the arrival of the sexual revolution in the 'burbs. Isolationism within a family, consumerism, and selfishness are personified by a cast that captures the self-obsession within two New England families. As the children struggle awkwardly with adolescence, their parents stumble through sexual experimentation. In the days of Watergate and Vietnam, society is breaking boundaries and ignoring convention. Following suit, these families are eschewing polite barriers and social taboos, with disastrous results. The Ice Storm of the title refers not only to a natural phenomenon but is a (rather heavy-handed) metaphor for a pervasive emotional temperament. The entire cast delivers textured, finely nuanced performances. This movie lingers in the psyche not only for the scope of the tragedy at its conclusion, but for Lee's often humorous and stingingly accurate assessment of pop culture. Based on Rick Moody's novel, this won the best-screenplay award at Cannes in 1997. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars passion and dispair in suburbia 15 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the few films that not only successfully translates from a novel but, in my opinion, far outstrips the book. Where Rick Moody's original text relies too heavily on references to the 70's and the social peculiarities of the time, Ang Lee simply uses the era as a backdrop for what is essentially a story about the way we ignore our families and the pain this causes them. In what is a very strong ensemble piece, it is the female characters that stand out, with Joan Allen in particular giving an incredibly moving portrait of the cuckolded wife who has been turning a blind eye to her husband's affairs. The greatest achievement of the film is demonstrating the effect of parents bad choices on their developing children without any of the usual cliched teenage rebellion scenes that hollywood produces. This film doesn't have a happy ending but provides a reassuringly accurate portrayal of the family for anyone who didn't have the perfect childhood.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie 4 Jun 2002
By Bobby Elliott VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
I watched The Ice Storm after watching American Beauty since it was recommended to me as a similar film. And it is - in a sense - since it's about family relationships. But it's even better than American Beauty. This movie is simply wonderful from start to finish. The plot is serious but interesting and the acting and music are... well... fantastic. It's one of the best films ever made. I've seen it a dozen times (DVD version) and it's still wonderful. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect film. needs a blu ray release. 8 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
top 50 films of all times material. period drama perfectly filmed and acted. DVD transfer is rubbish though and this needs a decent blu-ray release. The film is incredible but there is no way to enjoy it properly so far outside of the cinema.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poignant, beautifully shot and moving, 19 Dec 2003
Format:DVD
This is a detailed trip through middle-class confusion in 1970s Connecticut, beautifully adapted from Rick Moody's highly-regarded novel.
Kevin Kline is Ben Hood, the father who is trying but doesn't have a clue, like all around him in an America that has broken morally and spiritually adrift. His carefully coiffed wife Elena (Allen) looks like a Stepford robot but is getting itchy for some liberated self-realisation. His neighbour Janey (Weaver) is the swinger next door who makes her waterbed freely available to him while denying him any warmth that may lurk beneath her cold, brittle indifference.
Simultaneously, Ben and Elena's teenaged son (Tobey Maguire), en route from prep school for the Thanksgiving holiday, is having a Holden Caulfield weekend and pubescent daughter (Ricci) is playing "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" with the anxious, oddball boys next door (Elijah Wood and Adam Hann-Byrd).
Lee's vision of an emotionally drained suburban America hopelessly mired in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal and ineffectually coping with wife-swapping and barbiturates, confirms the 70s as the most excruciating style decade of the century, the totally tragic duds emblematic of the mass inability to get a grip.
The film scores insights both in sharply observed social satire and poignantly universal details of sexual longing in the interwoven tales of parental mid-life crises and teen angst. But Lee's most impressive achievement is his almost imperceptible shift from sex farce to achingly funny youth drama to profound tragedy and despair as the approaching winter freeze of the title mirrors the family's emotional chill and the devastation it brings. The dazzling ensemble perfectly captures every nuance in one of the finest acting showcases you could hope for. Well worth seeing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whips of ice 8 Nov 2011
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This exquisite, bleakly raw, terribly sad film was directed in 1997 by the great Ang Lee, after Sense And Sensibility, and just before the brilliant Ride With The Devil. And what a cast it has, some of whom were fairly obscure or unknown back then. Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood and Katie Holmes are all seen at their best in early roles, and there is also a telling cameo by Allison Janney - The West Wing`s immortal CJ Cregg.
It`s the early 70s, Nixon is still president by the skin of his lying teeth, and the well-heeled residents of suburban Connecticut are sleepwalking into affairs with their neighbours` wives and husbands, attending what would now be called swingers` parties, and virtually ignoring their dislocated, empty-eyed offspring. Welcome to the blank new `lost generation` of the soured American Dream.
Kevin Kline, all coiffed hair and blandly neat clothes, is married to flint-eyed Joan Allen (excellent as always) though their marriage is crawling half-heartedly onto the rocks. Kline drifts into a loveless affair with their friend Sigourney Weaver - a bravely cynical, passive portrayal of a bored femme fatale by this fine actress - while the various children of both couples have begun to experiment, innocently yet with a cool lack of emotion for the most part, with their physical stirrings.
Slowly but very surely (with Ang Lee one is invariably in safe cinematic hands) events spiral out of everyone`s control, leading to an almost casually depicted tragedy. The families are numbly united, no doubt a little wiser, and life, one is left to assume, goes on. It is a poignant, diffident denouement to what seems in hindsight something of a parable, though it never moralises, which is part of its strength and poetic truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
A complicated storyline that deals with the lives of the main characters as their lives fall apart. Not a well known film, deserves to be better known. Good customer service too.
Published 11 months ago by lisa michelle beddoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee's Powerful, Perceptive And Poignant Family Drama
This 1997 film by Ang Lee really does show (for me, at least) what this mercurial, Taiwan-born, 'adopted American', director is capable of. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Keith M
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, bad DVD quality
I'm a fan of Ang Lee, and I think this is one of his best films.
But I'm very disappointed with the quality of the DVD. It's advertised as widescreen, with a 1. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jaime Silvela
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Excellent story line, well acted and intriguing and complex families. Well worth purchasing and one that will get viewed several times
Published 15 months ago by Philip John Drouin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cast and plot
I remember first watching this film when I was working in the US, living in New York at the time. Keven Kline and Sigourney Weaver are both excellent as the rather dysfunctional... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ivan Kinsman
4.0 out of 5 stars We Have Built a New World. Not.
Sporadically powerful, ultimately very moving modern morality piece with excellent performances, especially Kevin Kline, which convincingly indicts a sad, selfish 'milieu' and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars A surpisingly good film with lots of twists
This 1998 film caught me by surprise. We watched it because it was on and channel-hopping, there it was. It looked innocent enough, innocuous and fun. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by RR Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind closed doors
Two neighboring families experience a long and ultimately life-changing Thanksgiving weekend. The story moves from one house to the other where the adults are all bored with their... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2008 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and realistic drama with great performances
Ben (Kline) is having an affair with Janey (Sigourney Weaver) unknown to his wife Elena (Allen) and daughter Wendy (Ricci) who is also fooling around with the local teens... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2008 by Stampy
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and fantastic film
This film is a must have for anyones collection. Wonderfully directed by Ang Lee this film depicts America in the 1970's and its sexual liberation. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2007 by Tangerine
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