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Match Point [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Scarlett Johansson , Jonathan Rhys Meyers , Woody Allen    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Alexander Armstrong
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Gareth Wiley, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Letty Aronson
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQHXNW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,098 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Johansson/Goode ~ Match Point

From Amazon.co.uk

And so Woody Allen picks up his camera and moves the location of his latest film across the channel to London. In the process? Match Point becomes one of his finer efforts of recent times.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers leads the cast as Chris Wilton, a former professional tennis player, who quickly lands himself a job as a coach. As he goes about his business, he meets Chloe (Emily Mortimer), and a relationship soon ensues, much to the delight of her family.

With some speed, he quickly finds himself working for her father (Brian Cox), and wedding bells aren’t too far away. Yet there’s a fly in the ointment, in the shapely form of Chloe’s brother’s girlfriend, played by Scarlet Johansson. Johansson’s powers of attraction--and bluntly, she looks terrific here--aren’t lost on him, setting the stage for an intriguing mix of thriller and drama that comes very much alive in the final act.

Allen wisely utilises London not just to give his film a different feel to usual, but also to embellish it with a strong cast of primarily British actors. And while Match Point doesn’t deliver the clever humour and wry laughs you find in the majority of the prolific writer-director’s work, this is still very much an engaging film.

Ironically, those likely to warm to the film the least are Allen’s most loyal fanbase. Save for the minimalist credits and the jazz soundtrack, it’s hard to tell he’s behind the camera with Match Point, and that has the trade off of making it accessible to those not usually won over by Woody Allen’s talents. And yet still, there’s something for everyone here, and while Match Point is far from the peak of Allen’s work, it’s still a fine addition to an exemplary body of work.--Simon Brew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Woody Allen's first film shot in London is very different from most of his previous work. The acting is uniformly excellent, the sets and panoramic views are magnificent and really show off the best of modern London, the pace works well, and the drama gradually sucks you in. The story is fairly serious, there is little humour (zany or otherwise).

One warning - it would be easy to assume from the title and some of the packaging/advertising pictures which appear to show Scarlett Johanssen in a tennis costume that this is a tennis story such as "Wimbledon." It isn't; this is a drama-thriller about relationships, betrayal, and chance. The title is based on a tennis analogy.

Some people will really like this film, others will find it hard work or depressing. About three quarters of the way through there is a shock twist, the story changes from drama to thriller and doesn't end the way most people will have anticipated. The good aspect of this is that the film isn't boringly predictable, the problem is that some viewers will have great difficulty in suspending disbelief that the final outcome could possibly happen.

The central character, Chris Wilton (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a former tennis professional from a poor Irish background. The film starts with him doing a voice-over about the fact that in tennis sometimes the ball catches in the top of the net. If it tips over, "you win," if the ball falls back to your side, "you lose." Viewers who play or watch tennis will realise that when this happens on Match Point, what you win or lose is not just that point but the entire game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dross of the highest order. 27 July 2014
Format:DVD
The word hideous barely begins to describe just how diabolically bad this offering from Woody Allen actually is. A staler film I have yet to see. How this z-grade farce got financed is undoubtedly one of the 21st century's most perplexing enigmas. The story is perhaps the weakest part of this failed enterprise and is at the level of an offering from a creatively impoverished Mills and Boon author going through a dry period. Many of the characters are so ridiculously unbelievable that I entertained the notion that Allen must have been in solitary confinement during the decades prior to the writing of this trite nonsense.

Additionally, Allen's directing is almost as bad as the script and is devoid of style and flair. Everything is presented in a bland, matter-of-fact manner that is reminiscent of a low-rent government information film. Awful.

As for the acting, well there is clearly a great deal of talent here that is utterly wasted. A bit like having Laurence Olivier starring in a Cillit Bang advert, only worse. The same however cannot be said for the lead 'actor' (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who is stultifyingly dreadful in this role and miraculously manages to create a character that is so unconvincing that it fails to even qualify as one-dimensional. Something of a world first and one which surely merits some form of official recognition. The fact that the character he plays is a risible cretin only compounds the problem.

It is clear to me that Woody Allen, for all his many, considerable talents, is totally out of his depth when attempting a film like this. One can only hope that there are no more on the way.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment 13 Nov 2006
By Nick D.
Format:DVD
When I saw this movie, I didn't realise that Woody Allen had made it until afterwards. Which is to say that it does not conform to his usual comedy recipe. In fact, this is a very different Woody Allen film; you could say it's a tragedy rather than a comedy. Either way, Allen is a skilled storyteller. Match Point is an excellent study of just how far people will go to get ahead and stay ahead. Scarlett Johansson is utterly desirable as the girl that Jonathan (Bend it like Beckham) Rhys-Meyers should end-up while Rhys-Meyers himself steals the show with a totally convincing performance as the ambitious Tennis Pro. The other actors including the ubiquitous Brian Cox play well observed characters. Together they set up the plot very well. I notice that the film has garnered less than universal praise from other Amazon reviewers. This is because it is a film - like many of Allen's other offerings - that requires you to think and draw your own conclusions. The film is full of twists and turns and keeps you guessing right to the end. For all these reasons I highly recommend it. it is a perfect DVD for a night in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless 20 July 2014
By Ella
Format:DVD
Awful film. It lacks everything, the characters are one dimensional, and the film is full of cliches. I am shocked that this a an Allen film. Maybe the foreign setting threw him into the typical American stereotyped image of British society. There is no feeling in this film, and the acting is wooden (no pun intended). Match Point = Point Less I'm afraid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Character-driven Stuff from Allen 25 Feb 2014
By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
In this, the first of Allen's London movies, he revisits a theme he explored in his 1989 movie, Crimes and Misdemeanours, in which a man with plenty to lose has an affair with a woman who becomes more trouble than he is prepared to handle. While the 2005 plot (the movie and DVD were released in the UK in 2006) doesn't hang together quite so well as the 1989 one, Allen tells the story with impressive strength. The script, which is full of pithy dialogue, is used in what amounts to an object-lesson in how mix acting with closely observed characterization to produce tension and deliver meaning. That said, I've never seen an Allen movie that had a bad script. As a thriller, the plot does have a couple of untidy holes in it, but most Allen movies are not nice tidy things. They have lose ends and what-ifs and whys, just as in real life. Some viewers may find that annoying, but for me it is classic Allen.

Okay, so putting the script aside, what else is on offer? We have Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson in surely one of the most potent clashes of cupid's bow mouths ever, in roles that are perfect for them. Allen evidently enjoyed working with Johansson, as he starred her in his next movie, and it easy to see why he did: she is completely stunning here, both in smouldering looks and convincing acting. Indeed, the pairing of brooding Meyers and steaming Johansson works very well throughout. The development of their stormy relationship marks the heart of the movie, beginning with a provocative table tennis encounter, and culminating in a thundery clinch in a wheat field. The sexual energy is some of the strongest of any Allen movie, though it only merited a 12 certificate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome film, I really enjoyed it. Quick delivery and the item was in perfect condition.
Published 28 days ago by V. streymoy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you've got nothing better to do
Ok if you've got nothing better to do
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
poor
Published 1 month ago by Barry Fenwick
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a bit like the Talented Mr Ripley instead
Not the usual Woody Allen fair. It's a bit like the Talented Mr Ripley instead. Script was clunky but actors did their best with it. Worth a watch - but not the greatest.
Published 2 months ago by LardyGirl
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Awful- I like Johansson, but even she can't rescue this sort of vicarious upper-class aspirational society porn.
Published 2 months ago by BJD
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great film
Published 2 months ago by joeRo
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!
I really love this movie, Scarlett plays beautifully and she's absolutely charming! And what I also like is that in the battle between "good and bad" this time the winner... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alfredo
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent.
I bought this film expecting it to be a love story. When in actual fact its all about Chris wilton. From a dramatic point of view its superb. Read more
Published 6 months ago by leann
5.0 out of 5 stars It felt like Hitchcock wasn't dead at all.
A magnificent return to Woody Alllen. And his first movie (I believe) that wasn't shot in Manhattan. The location high society London. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD THRILLER
Good thriller. It kept me guessing the whole time. Worlds turned upside down by people wanting everything. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays his character with chilling ease.
Published 7 months ago by jennifer bentley
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